Vice Versa

Vice Versa
or A Lesson to Fathers

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Vice Versa by F. Anstey

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1882

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Vice Versa
or A Lesson to Fathers

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A boy and his father magically switch bodies. Has been adapted for the screen four times

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Dick obeyed, and applied himself to the dessert with rather an injured expression.

His father felt a greater sense of constraint and worry than ever; the interview, as he had feared, seemed likely to last some time, and he felt that he ought to improve the occasion in some way, or, at all events, make some observation. But, for all that, he had not the remotest idea what to say to this red-haired, solemn boy, who sat staring gloomily at him in the intervals of filling his mouth. The situation grew more embarrassing every moment.

At last, as he felt himself likely to have more to say in reproof than on any other subject, he began with that.

"There's one thing I want to talk to you about before you go," he began, "and that's this. I had a most unsatisfactory report of you this last term; don't let me have that again. Dr. Grimstone tells me--ah, I have his letter here--yes, he says (and just attend, instead of making yourself ill with preserved ginger)--he says, 'Your son has great natural c

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An entertaining story written in the light-hearted style common of humorist fiction of that era. Now days there are some many movies based on the Vice Versa premise, the idea is not as novel, but the book is a fun read and a better story than most of the movies.
Pompous father and businessman Paul Bultitude finds himself in his son's body and carted off to boarding school. I chuckled out loud at some of the indignities he had to suffer as he revisited the "best years of your life" while dreading what his son was doing back home in his place.

Anstey has an easy style and draws the reader in to the predicament of his somewhat unsympathetic protagonist. A delight!