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Smith, Thorne: Turnabout. v1. 25 August 2012
J. Thorne Smith (1892-1934) was the author of “Topper / The Jovial Ghosts,” “Topper Takes a Trip,” “The Night Life of the Gods,” “The Stray Lamb,” “Turnabout,” “The Glorious Pool,” etc.
“Turnabout” was published 1931.
Public Domain in countries where copyright is Life+70.
Thorne Smith pits two thoroughly modern married people in a classic battle of the sexes. After listening to the nearly endless bickering and childish jealousy of a young man and wife (Tim and Sally Willows), an ancient Egyptian idol decides to play a trick on the two by causing them to switch bodies. Like Thorne Smith, Tim works in an advertising agency, and several scenes are set there, drawing on the author's experience. After the wife forcefully impregnates her husband, things take a decided turn for the worse as they separately try to deal with the object of the former wife's affections — a deplorably predictable square-jawed philanderer by the name of Carl Bently. The scene in which Tim, trapped in his wife's body, exacts an icy revenge on the unfortunate interloper is one of the unforgettable moments of Thorne Smith's peculiar humor.
Both a film (1940) and a short lived 1979 television sitcom starring Sharon Gless and John Schuck (cancelled after six episodes) were based on “Turnabout.” So was the last broadcast episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, 'Turnabout Intruder'. This novel is included with “The Stray Lamb” and “Rain in the Doorway” in “The Thorne Smith 3-Decker.”
An excerpt from Chapter 1 "Mr. Willows Removes His Socks":
[Mr. and Mrs. Willows have been bickering ...]
No scan or pdf of the original available for comparison.
Formatted punctuation (curly quotes, emdashes), Americanized spelling. Chapter headings cross-linked to/from inline ToC. Drop caps and Large-caps versions.
I hope you like it!
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