Review: Switch Bitch by Roald Dahl

Switch Bitch
Switch Bitch by Roald Dahl

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I had to drag myself through this book despite it being so short. If it hadn’t have been for Roald Dahl’s (usually brilliant) adult stories, not to mention his fame as a children’s author, I would have put this down pretty much straight away.

It was boring. Incredibly so. It was also disturbingly misogynistic. As if those aren’t reasons enough to fall out with a book, there was just no sense of substance to the stories. The ‘twists’ were fairly obvious if you’ve read/seen Tales of the Unexpected as they follow the same structure, the humour was painfully forced and the characters made me feel grimy in the sense that they were all crude caricatures of what human beings are actually like.

The characters and scenarios were imaginative which is the collection’s strong point but they were nowhere decent enough to outweigh all the other terrible qualities.

All in all, this collection of short stories has secured a firm place on my ‘worst books ever, avoid at all costs’ shelf.

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Review: The Illustrated History Of The Nazis: The Nightmare Rise And Fall Of Adolf Hitler by Paul Roland

The Illustrated History Of The Nazis   The Nightmare Rise And Fall Of Adolf Hitler
The Illustrated History Of The Nazis The Nightmare Rise And Fall Of Adolf Hitler by Paul Roland

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

It’s difficult to know quite where to start with reviewing this book. It’s like going up to a someone who has lived their life swamped with WWII propaganda and asking them to tell you everything they’ve seen graffittied on the back of a toilet door about why Hitler was bad. I’ll give you an example here, at one point early on in the book the author delves into his own theory that Hitler was evil because he was emasculated by having one testicle. Given that a great amount of debate has been had over the controversy of Hitler’s genitalia, it seems far-fetched for the author to state this as fact and, even more ridiculous, to say that the Holocaust was solely caused by Hitler’s psychological reaction to his rumoured missing testicle. This was one of many problems I found with the author’s rants but it was one of the most notable due to the lengths the author went to try and back-up his theory.

Overall, this book is a pretty useless buy unless you want to look at the photographs (which, I’ll grudgingly admit, it does carry a half decent collection but there’s little there that you won’t be able to find on the internet). It’s the mental equivalent of asking a pub full of drunks at closing time that you’ll buy them a round if they tell you everything they know about Hitler and the Nazis. The whole thing is dramatized and fraught with inaccuracies (for instance, the author has also apparently figured out the mystery of who started the Reichstag fire, something again, that is often debated on by historians).
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