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Turnabout

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  115 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Sally Willows envied her adman husband his glamorous work; Tim Willows felt Sally lived in ease and luxury while he was sweating to pay the bills. So an ill-tempered minor god, tired of their bickering, worked a modest miracle...

...and Sally Willows, no occupying her husband's body, experienced the full horrors of the Nationwide Advertising Agency, while Tim, now outwardly
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Hardcover, First Edition, 248 pages
Published January 1st 1931 by Doubleday Doran
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Paul
Jul 05, 2015 Paul rated it liked it
A body-swap comedy about a husband and wife who are under the influence of a strange ancient Egyptian statuette.

I picked this up a while ago as a bundle of nine Thorne Smith novels. I was recommended Rain in the Doorway and I've seen the movie that was made of Topper.

This was a curious read. I expected it to feel dated and was ready to compensate appropriately - for language and un-PC attitudes. There was some of that, but I hadn't expected to not understand quite so much of the text. There wer
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Feb 05, 2013 Charmed rated it it was amazing
I found this book in a second hand book store barried under a pile of books that hadn't seen the light in at least 30years. Being a fan of the much done freaky Friday trope I decided to give it a try. Once I got past my shock and slightly squirmy uncomfortableness with the dated language and some of the attitudes. I was sucked in and genuinely laughed out loud not in the fake lol spence but full on belly laugh with tears in my eyes. One of the interesting take aways that I got from this book bes ...more
V. Briceland
Jul 09, 2014 V. Briceland rated it it was amazing
Just as one doesn't turn to Wodehouse for deep thought or characterization, one doesn't pick up a Thorne Smith novel hoping for trenchant realism. From the former author we expect a merry cavalcade of simpletons, wise butlers, tart aunts, and cow creamers; from Smith you get bootleg gin, hip flasks brimming with rye, supernatural antics, courtroom scenes with crabby old judges, and, inevitably, women's step-ins.

The premise of Turnabout involves a husband and wife body switch, executed by means s
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Ginger
Feb 10, 2009 Ginger rated it it was amazing
Acouple are grossing about who has the toughest life so a genie switches them into each other's bodies. Fun.
Esteban
Aug 30, 2011 Esteban rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book, the theme is one we have seen before in other books and films, though this book precedes most of them.
Mr Ram tired of the couple's constant bickering decides to adopt a hands on strategy to teach them a lesson. So the turnabout comes about.
I remember reading this book with my sister and both of us laughing like idiots for extended periods of time.
Valerie
None of these editions seem to be the one I read.

This was made into a short-lived tv series with John Shuck. The tv series was pretty good. The book doesn't seem to have made much of an impression on me, for good or ill.
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Cute if dated little fantasy.
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James Thorne Smith, Jr. was an American writer of humorous supernatural fantasy fiction under the byline Thorne Smith. He is best known today for the two Topper novels, comic fantasy fiction involving sex, much drinking and supernatural transformations. With racy illustrations, these sold millions of copies in the 1930s and were equally popular in paperbacks of the 1950s.

Smith was born in Annapoli
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