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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 outwardlySally 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 Sally, dealt with the amourous advances of a local Lothario.It was a toss-up whether Sally/Tim's well-earned dismissal or Tim/Sally's bizarre attempt at murder was more spectacular - but both seemed insignificant when Tim found he was pregnant!...

Title : Turnabout
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ISBN : 9780345287250
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 248 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Turnabout Reviews

  • Paul
    2019-04-08 09:43

    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 were phrases that were clearly slang or common usage of the time that I didn't get. It was also hard to tell what was of the era and what was farcical over-the-top comedy. So when there's adultery and attempted murder and the characters treat it quite breezily was that the characters or...?Also just some odd plot choices: (view spoiler)[There's a whole section in a mental hospital - not because the husband or wife are talking about being the opposite sex and deemed mad - but because the wife-in-hubby's-body goes out on a drinking spree with a business client and they get kidnapped by ambulance staff that decide to teach them a lesson. Toward the end, after hubby-in-wife's-body has given birth, he wakes up in his own body again. In hospital. On being discovered there's not so much "how did you get in here?" but doctors and nurses doubting their own sanity and for some reason wanting to throw the baby out the window! (hide spoiler)]However it had its moments and I did laugh for real in places. I suspect I picked the book in the set which was always going to have not aged as well. If I try another I'll try Topper I think.

  • Charmed
    2019-03-25 10:39

    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 besides the enjoyable experience was a better understanding of just how far backwards society in general moved in the era of the fifties. This was a book that wasn't as dated as I thought it would be because I had an idea that there is always forward momentum in society and that since in a historical sence this era came before the fifties I expected it to be even more offensive. Don't get me wrong there is a lot to find objectionable in the attitudes of society in general illustrated in the book but it brought home to me that the fifties were actually reactionary that there was progress that had been made to go backwards from. Which was a nice insight for me from a delightfully funny dated but eminently readable book.

  • V. Briceland
    2019-04-09 10:51

    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 so trivial that even the author barely spends any time justifying it. The comic results, however, are snicker-out-loud funny, as the pair stretch and snap their gender roles to lengths greater than Silly Putty itself could bear. Sure, the effort is lightweight, but who really cares when Smith's effortless style elicits so many belly laughs?

  • Ginger
    2019-04-05 09:47

    Acouple are grossing about who has the toughest life so a genie switches them into each other's bodies. Fun.

  • Ani Avakumova
    2019-04-08 08:52

    Pure enjoyment for my soul !

  • Christian Ave'Lallemant
    2019-03-21 05:54

    i read this in fucking jail it was alright

  • Esteban
    2019-04-09 09:57

    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
    2019-03-26 05:37

    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.

  • Nicole Diamond
    2019-04-06 08:55

    If it has one star I liked it a lot If it has two stars I liked it a lot and would recommend itIf it has three stars I really really liked it a lot If it has four stars I insist you read it If it has five stars it was life changing

  • Diana
    2019-03-26 09:33

    Cute if dated little fantasy.

  • Michael Economy
    2019-04-11 05:31

    Pretty funny, a little hard to read.

  • Wendy
    2019-04-20 09:49

    1930, campy, Egyptian idol, switching bodies, man has baby

  • Suzanne
    2019-04-18 10:52

    This might be my fav book ever. The storyline is original and hilarious.

  • Ron
    2019-04-16 04:35

    Fun twist on domestic comedy by a master of the genre. Enjoy at your own risk.

  • Sallie
    2019-04-13 11:36

    An early take on the Freaky Friday theme.