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Switch Bitch

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,352 Ratings  ·  367 Reviews
In Switch Bitch four tales of seduction and suspense are told by the grand master of the short story, Roald Dahl.

Topping and tailing this collection are The Visitor and Bitch, stories featuring Dahl's notorious hedonist Oswald Hendryks Cornelius (or plain old Uncle Oswald) whose exploits are frequently as extraordinary as they are scandalous. In the middle, meanwhile, are
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 3rd 1989 by Penguin Books (first published 1974)
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Khanh (the Grinch)
Jun 05, 2014 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it it was amazing
I don't think a lot of people realize this, but Roald Dahl was a crazy twisted motherfucker in the best way. Naturally, he's best known for his children's stories, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, but what you may not know is that he wrote some adult's stories, including the ones in this volume of short stories, that are brilliantly, hilariously dark and fucked up.

There is a collection of four stories in this volume. They are very short, and my paperback copy
mark monday
hey did you know that acclaimed children's author Roald Dahl also had a sideline in dark, pervy short stories for adults? after reading several reviews of this book, it's clear that some people find this to be awfully disturbing. my God, a children's author, capable of such things! heaven forfend!

oh you silly humans with your hilarious way of looking at things. although I shouldn't be judgmental. back on Robot Planet, we have long moved beyond such rudimentary binary coding - and perhaps you wi
Jul 27, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Roald Dahl's short stories for adults are amazing, terrifying, creepy, disturbing, sexy, disgusting, morally bankrupt, and well-written. It's an entirely different side of the children's author, one that doesn't get enough exposure. I mean, I'd hate to traumatize children with this writing, but for adults who grew up with Roald Dahl's books, this is a foray into something strange and disturbing and weirdly fun to read.
Jan 15, 2016 Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Roald Dahl wrote a series of short stories for Playboy, before he got into the brilliant children's books, and here they are.

They're all to some degree about sex, because Playboy, but they mostly avoid wicked bad sexism. I guess? More or less.

"The Visitor" is a Chauceresque story about a guy who wants to seduce a married lady, or her daughter, whichever, but it's super dark and whom has he ended up with? It's cool, nothing super special.

"The Great Switcheroo" is about two guys who hatch a compl
Sep 10, 2013 Riona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Original pre-read review, 4/15/2012:
This does not sound like the Roald Dahl I remember. Color me intrigued.

After reading, 9/10/2013:
So yeah, okay, this isn't the Roald Dahl I remember. But somehow it is. His style is all there: the dry humor, creepiness, and gross-out shock value all play a big part in these stories. They're just not for kids anymore. These four tales are all about sex, sex, SEX. I was actually expecting them to be a bit more titillating, but it turns out they're not explicit at
César Lasso
Feb 23, 2015 César Lasso rated it really liked it
Switch Bitch is a collection of four short stories about sex, connected by the same protagonist, Oswald Hendryks Cornelius, whose hilarious or disturbing adventures were later developed into a delicious novel - My Uncle Oswald. I really recommend both (Switch Bitch and My Uncle Oswald) to adult readers.
Eric Klee
Apr 20, 2011 Eric Klee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Until recently, I didn't realize that Roald Dahl -- the famous writer of such children's classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and the Fantastic Mr. Fox -- wrote adult-oriented stories as well. It was probably as surprising as when I found out Judy Blume wrote novels like Wifey.

I decided to see what these stories were like and ordered SWITCH BITCH. SWITCH BITCH is a collection of four short stories of Dahl's. While I enjoy and appreciate the short story form,
Jul 24, 2015 Sophie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mainly funny but heart-wrenching as well, especially the "Last Act", it is an utterly delightful collection of short stories.
Sep 02, 2012 Olga rated it it was ok
Very misogynic, quite chauvinistic, mildly entertaining.
Four very well-written short stories about "sex" written by a man who very likely had some major mommy issues. All four stories have something in common: rape, that is perceived by the author/protagonist/rapist as deserved and mutually-consented intimacy. This man clearly has no idea how woman experience sexuality, or even how female anatomy functions. This is by no means an explicit/graphic novel, as most of the action is implied, however
Jin Kim
Sep 19, 2007 Jin Kim rated it liked it
Recommends it for: adults
this book was disturbing, morally wrong, cruel, and dark.. although it is one awesome book, it's hard to wrap your mind around it... i couldn't and i still can't believe this guy wrote children's book...
Nov 10, 2014 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I'll tell you something for nothing, Roald Dahl must've been awfy good in bed.
May 29, 2009 PurplyCookie rated it really liked it
Dahl's humor is flawless and he leaves you on the edge throughout every strangely sexual tale in this book. If you haven't read "Switch Bitch" , some wonderfully sly, bawdy and remarkably well-written entertainment awaits you.

There are only four stories in this collection but its well worth reading, especially if you've already read Dahl's "My Uncle Oswald", one of the funniest books on erotic humor I've ever read. Makes me feel like reading the other book again, to re-acquaint myself with that
Sep 16, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: dudes.
Recommended to Chris by: the clever title
Here’s a relatively common human experience; having the veil of bullshit shrouding the truth behind some childhood concept ruthlessly torn from your eyes, and being exposed to the cruel realities of a world more twisted than a silly straw.

Your only image of Bill Cosby (or Bob Sagat, for the slightly younger crowd) was that of the consummate family man, always there to impart loving wisdom or perhaps slap a little Neosporin on that skinned knee. Then you were introduced to Cosby’s second LP of
Dec 29, 2008 Nick rated it really liked it
Just in case Switch Bitch’s title didn’t clue you in, let me assure you: this is not a collection of tales concerning chocolate manufacturing or big peaches. First appearing in Playboy, these 4 stories were written for an adult male audience with one thing on its mind—SEX! Mankind’s favorite pastime is what draws you into these stories yet it’s Dahl’s excellent plotting and diabolical creativity that keeps you turning the pages.

The first story, “The Visitor,” starring the irrepressible Uncle Osw
Jan 21, 2013 Jordan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my naivete, I assumed that the only Roald Dahl I would ever read would be the canonical works I can remember from childhood. The BFG, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda... and that's about it. Thanks for the memories, bye now.

I was so wrong. Roald Dahl was a dirty, dirty man. now I have a strikingly different reason to thank him.

This volume is comprised of fun little stories about sex, love, sex, and sex. Oh, and also sex.

The stories were anecdotal in nature, and mostly enjoyable to r
Oct 24, 2015 Lydia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my god. I loved this book.

It's so darkly funny and bitter and hilarious. I liked all of the short stories and just thoroughly enjoyed this book. What I love about Dahl is that almost all of his stories dovetailed into a neat little ending. This book is funny and sexy, verging on pornographic and it has restored my love for him absolutely.

These stories were all totally absurd, but they were just what I needed and I was totally in the mood to read this book. What I love about this author is t
Jan 24, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
These are some twisted stories. And I mean that in the best possible way.

The subject matter in this small collection (four stories) is all centered around sex and while it certainly packs a punch, it is not vulgar. I found this immensely enjoyable and easily could have read it all in one sitting because I was so hooked. I cannot believe I never knew of Dahl's adult fiction until now. I was definitely missing out.

I don't know what genre or category to place this in. It's not horror but some of
Sara Gould
"Del mismo modo que una mujer aficionada a los caballos acabará por tener las piernas estevadas de tanto montar, a una mujer muy apasionada los hombros se le redondean curiosamente de tanto abrazar a los hombres. Se trata de una deformación profesional, la más noble de todas ellas"

Relegar la lectura de Roald Dahl a sus historias infantiles me parece el error más grande que pueda cometerse. Cuatro relatos de lo más ameno, divertido, terriblemente amoral, sorprendente y desconcertante. Donde Relat
Feb 03, 2016 Alkisti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I can't believe this guy wrote children's stories
Dolly Ou
Oct 27, 2007 Dolly Ou rated it did not like it
Shelves: dropped
I am a huge fan of Roald Dahl, but this book was a disappointment. I started reading a few pages, but I just had to drop the book after the fourth page because it was so boring. It lacked the mystical feeling that Roald Dahl would bring in his stroies. Maybe this book is one of his adult collection so he has a different writing technique. I guess I am more into his children's collection.
César Lasso
Apr 13, 2015 César Lasso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brit-lit
Switch Bitch is a collection of four short stories about sex, connected by the same protagonist, Oswald Hendryks Cornelius, whose hilarious or disturbing adventures were later on developed into a delicious novel - My Uncle Oswald. I really recommend both (Switch Bitch and My Uncle Oswald) to adult readers.
Nov 23, 2015 Arcadia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club-sofi
this was excellent. short, sexy and excellent. excellent. eggggsellent. i loved it, i recommend it to all! Uncle Oswald will soon become one of my top fictional characters, I can foresee it.
May 15, 2014 CP rated it liked it
I'm writing this a few months after I finished the book, but here's the gist:

"The Visitor" ran a little long for me in parts, but it was definitely intriguing, and I think it was worth pushing through it for the ending.

"The Great Switcheroo" shows its age and has to be read in the right frame-of-mind because otherwise it is just offensive. It is supposed to be funny, so just enjoy it for being a silly tale from 1974. I did feel the ending was obvious, but that could be from incarnations of this
Mar 11, 2014 Ari rated it really liked it
Roald Dahl never fails. I have read these four short stories when I was younger and luckily I remembered the twist (or climax) of just one. And even that did not actually bother.

There were two tales about Uncle Oswald, a womanizer by the grace of God and a single malt appreciator, collector of walking sticks, scorpions and women. Both stories around sexual conquest, naturally. And as we're talking about Dahl, on the other hand not exactly.

All and all four tragic, hilarious, surprising stories..
Dani (The Pluviophile Reader)
Full review at The Pluviophile Reader:

4/5 stars.
Read from February 18 to 22, 2014.

If you're like most people, you know Roald Dahl for his wonder contributions to children's literature. What most people don't know is that he published quite a bit adult content and there is nothing child-friendly about these pieces. The stories in Switch Bitch were actually written for Playboy and published separately in 1965. Also, on a complete side note, did you know that Roald Dahl
Tasos Anastasopoulos
After reading a book that was quite big and more than 700 pages and took me almost three weeks to read it all I realized I was so much left behind regarding the challenge and I had to find a new one that would have less pages and finish it the same day probably so to stand a chance to complete the challenge by the end of the year. So what could be more suitable than this 140 pages book one? It’s been ages since I had a Dahl’s novel in my hand, I don’t even remember the last time that this happen ...more
Apr 23, 2012 Kholsu rated it liked it
Last I picked up a Roald Dahl book was in my childhood, from his typical children collection.
Therefore when I stumbled upon this little pleasure of secrets the reviews were most astonishing; this only intensified my curiosity to bear witness firsthand the scaring effects of such an absurd book had on the fond followers of Roald Dahl.

Tail 1
This tale was my favourite, it gripped me tight at times but sometimes I felt distant because some scenes were unnecessary, however it was incredibly unpredi
Peter Tillman
Jan 15, 2013 Peter Tillman rated it it was amazing
A wonderful collection of my favorite Dahl stories

The collection, definitely for adults, is mostly erotic humor, a micro-genre that is in woefully short supply.

Here's a sample from "Bitch", my favorite. The protag has been dosed with the world's most potent aphrodosiac:

[quote] ...the two of us were millions of miles up in outer space, flying through the universe in a shower of meteorites all red and gold. I was riding her bareback... "Faster!" I shouted, jabbing long spurs into her flanks. "Go f
Nicholas Armstrong
Nov 22, 2010 Nicholas Armstrong rated it liked it
I'm not really into the whole bawdy tale thing, but I did find it interesting how similar this was to something like the Decameron. I guess it was interesting and fun to read a contemporary take on an older style. I haven't read anything about this novel but I would bet Dahl did that on purpose; he even named one of the women Isabella, which was the nickname of sorts for the slutty women in dell'Arte.

One thing that did strike me as rather odd was the "Last Act" story. Unless it was remarkably su
Nov 24, 2007 Linda rated it liked it
Recommends it for: adults who read James & the Giant Peach
I loved that it was such a stark diference from James and the Giant Peach, my only other experience with Dahl. I borrowed this short collection of short stories from the Roomie and enjoyed the stories immensely. The first one, "The Visitor" had me cracking up. I think it was actually my favorite. The others were impressive and I enjoyed the dark humor. Roomie's favorite was "The Great Switcheroo" Dahl's a little dirty ain't he? Who would have thunk it? I did find it a tiny bit tiresome that 3 of ...more
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Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.

Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as "A Piece of Cake". The story, about his wartime a
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