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Passionate Witch Mr T Wallace Wooly a self important tycoon but at heart a shy brown rabbit of a man meets his future bride when he rescues her from a hotel fire Readers might think this situation poses uniue challenges to a couple just getting acuainted but it probably helped that the soon to be Mrs Wooly was completely naked at the time Mr Wooly is the most public most conseuential man in town and so respectable that the well publicized rescue of the nude Miss Broome thrown over MrWooly's shoulder as he rushes from the burning building sets tongues wagging You sly dog Mr Wooly is aghast at the rumors but Miss Broome is after all bewitching and Mr Wooly is soon under the spell of her red lips lustrous black hair and slanting yellow eyes It isn't long after their marriage that Mr Wooly begins to uestion the wisdom of their hasty union when he sees his new wife climbing down the trumpet vine outside their bedroom window riding the goat through the apple orchard in the moonlight and killing chickens Among other thingsThe Passionate Witch 1941 was initially drafted as a film scenario but later completed as a novel by Norman Matson after Thorne Smith's death in 1934 Unlike Smith's hugely popular Topper novels the post humous collaborative effort failed to satisfy the public and the critics Still much of Thorne Smith's magic and singular wit shines through and all in all the book doesn't disappoint The storyline was heavily reworked for the sunnier successful movie adaptation I Married a Witch MasterpieceUnited ArtistsCinema Guild 1942

  • Hardcover
  • 267 pages
  • Passionate Witch
  • Thorne Smith
  • English
  • 09 February 2014
  • 9780891904335

About the Author: Thorne Smith

James Thorne Smith Jr was an American writer of humorous supernatural fantasy fiction under the byline Thorne Smith He is best known today for the two Topper novels comic fantasy fiction involving sex much drinking and supernatural transformations With racy illustrations these sold millions of copies in the 1930s and were eually popular in paperbacks of the 1950sSmith was born in Annapoli



10 thoughts on “Passionate Witch

  1. Tosh Tosh says:

    I think most of us are aware of the TV show 'Bewitched' right? Well it's based on Thorne Smith's last novel Passionate Witch The big difference with the novel is that it has 'dark' overtones with respect to married relationships The Witch here is really a witch She puts spells on women she feel is putting the moves on her husband And the husband just wants a piece of mind and some space Weird book But overall you can't go wrong with Throne Smith Why this man is so underrated is beyond me He really reflects the 'Depression Years' in big city America with all the hopes and dreams which basically ends up in some swanky bar with a couple of supernatural situationsFor those who love fantasy and F Scott

  2. K.A. Ashcomb K.A. Ashcomb says:

    This was a hard book to find in a physical form Then I came across it The Night Life of the Gods in a local secondhand bookstore I got exhilarated The book I found was a pocket edition from the 40s costing then 025 which means 31919 when you take inflation into a count Inflation what a nice thing and that was sarcasm just that you know I'm not a fan of inflation but we can get to my views about economics in some other post If I was to buy the same product today it would cost me 184 I don't know if you find any of that useful or interesting but I had to check it out I was feeling curious And you know what happens to curious people they inherit the earth I will stick with that notionI couldn't wait to get home with my findings real treasures I take books over gold anytime Which is stupid as with gold you could buy books but then again wouldn't there be an unnecessary extra step? I'm sorry I should get to reviewing the book The first fifty pages were like I had hoped that feeling of magic and silliness what you get from Bewitched written in an elegant form I was happy to read it despite somewhat outdated views about women and their roles in the home society and in marriage Then the writer didn't know what to do with his passionate witch and he ruined everything The story took a wrong turn if that is even possibleI didn't mind this being a horror version of Bewitched The witch being nasty dark and sensual I didn't mind the somewhat oldish view when it comes to witches sacrifices riding goats and bite marks from you know who And I loved that the twist I didn't like made the book turn into pondering about what if you could read others' mind how that would affect your life? But nothing of that had to do with anything the story proposed me in the first pages And I say again either Thorne Smith or Mr Matson who finished the story after Smith death didn't know how to deal with the passionate witch and with the tension between her and the main character Mr WoolyI wanted to stand up to barricades and protest what was done to the book and the witch Okay I'm partial to witches as well you know already that I have this partiality to aliens monsters and other horrible beings from the great beyond And yes we have already established that I'm twisted I find witches fascinating and have been intrigued by them since my childhood Maybe that has to do something with my grandma hm? There is something empowering secretive and sensual with women who can do magic And here is a good time to tell you I was thought to be one two days ago I went hiking with my husband in a local forest and I have this fisherman's hat with a witchy tip We came across with a family and their son asked me if I was a witch and I said I guess you can think me as one Or something along the line And now I'm not sure if I should have inflicted such a memory to the poor boy Was I wicked or did I make his life richer? His mother told me embarrassed after the boy asked me the uestion they had been talking about witches only a moment ago as they made through the enchanted forest Poor boy I defense of my hat it is useful When we got home my husband found three flies which suck blood in his hair and I didn't have a single one My witchy fisherman's hat repelled them away There is magic after allBack to my disappointment The way the book dealt with the witch wasn't how you should treat a witch They can be reasonable if you talked to them instead of pushing them aside The book was clearly about the duality of women the whore the passionate witch and the mother Mr Wooly's love interest and how men struggle with them The writer joked with those issues Luckily witches come in all sizes and shapes and very different mindsets nowadays I think Bewitched got it better That said I understand the book was a product of its time When I read it I didn't mind the gender roles and I understood them but what I minded was how the writer's inability to deal with the passionate witch broke the story The part I'm talking about has to do with trees and being hit on the head If you find this book read it and make up your own mind Maybe you are partial to witches like me and found the book disappointment or don't think the point I'm talking about ruins the story at all and find the book rightly silly to read and lighten up your mood which it does if you don't take seriously things like does it workwas a witch and I said I guess you can think me as one Or something along the line And now I'm not sure if I should have inflicted such a memory to the poor boy Was I wicked or did I make his life richer? His mother told me after the boy asked me that that they had been talking about witches only a moment ago as they made through the enchanted forest Poor boy I defense of my hat it is very useful When we got home my husband found three flies which suck blood in his hair and I didn't have a single one My witchy fisherman's hat repelled them away There is magic after allBack to the barricades The way the book dealt with the witch wasn't how you should treat a witch They can be reasonable if you just talked to them instead of pushing them aside The book was clearly about the duality of women the whore the passionate witch and the mother Mr Wooly's love interest And this doesn't have to be the case and luckily it isn't any Witches come in all sizes and shapes and very different mindsets I think Bewitched got it better That said I understand the book was a product of its time When I read it I didn't mind the gender roles and I understood them but what I minded was how the writer's inability to deal with the passionate witch broke the story The part I'm talking about has to do with trees and being hit on the head If you find this book read it and make up your own mind

  3. Keith Chawgo Keith Chawgo says:

    Thorne Smith's The Passionate Witch is an odd book and considering it was the basis for the film I Married A Witch there is some odd similarities which one wonders what exactly did they base the film on the bookThe story is a whimsical story about Mr T Wallace Wooley and how he rescues a naked woman from a burning hotel who happens to be a witch of the black arts They marry and due to her jealous streak and the fact that he loves a pure mortal who is good of heart we are lead down a whirlwind about relationships and people’s perceptions of marriage and society norms The characters are very light and through their failings we do get a deeper cut into their virtual in depth flaws outside of their perfect outward personalities When you scratch below the surface one realises that things are not what they appear Wooley is an interesting character that is not all together very likable and as for Jennifer I actually loved this character Betty was a bit bland for my liking but to find Jennifer’s spells causing such outlandish actions for me helps drive the story along The plot is a different sort of animal altogether and runs and works at its own pace and wording This seems out of the style of writing of The Circus of Dr Lao than the typical straightforward storytelling that modern readers have become accustomed to and I personally like the change of pace Through its use of episodic storytelling it feels like an impressionistic novel that up close it feels a bit jumbled but with some distance the story becomes vivid and clear There is a whimsical thread that follows the story along with its cartoonish actions and characters and it seems that this is a trait that help Smith precede becoming a bestselling author with his Topper books I haven’t read these but they are on my list which I cannot wait Overall this is an interesting book and from my understanding this book was finished after Smith’s death so it might have been worked a bit differently should he had finished it I can understand the criticisms used against the book but I think this is down to its style and story telling mechanics I did enjoy the book but it is of a curiosity read than an enjoyable read but if you like your stories a bit off kilter there is a lot to digest with this Enjoyable for what it is

  4. Jane Greene Jane Greene says:

    Thorne Smith's book The Passionate Witch was published in 1941 It was his final book and he was unable to finish it before his death It was completed by Norman Matson Mr Smith's book is said to be the seed idea for the TV show Bewitched The Passionate Witch was a frivolous but entertaining book For a 1940's book it was uite racy and contained nudity cheating heavy drinking and cross dressing The story begins with a well respected businessman who maintains a very healthy and Christian lifestyle and does not imbibe in alcohol His world changes when he rescues a beautiful naked woman from a fire The dialog is humorous and witty The characters are colorful and interesting The book also contains cartoon like illustrations

  5. Lynn Demsky Lynn Demsky says:

    Thorne Smith’s books are a spot on gem to read and much better than the movies based on many of his books An adorable adaption of a father and daughter who were burned as witches at a tree almost 300 years ago Just before dying a curse is put on the Woolly families men all their love ventures would end in disaster In 1942 lightening strikes the tree bringing the two witches back to life All chaos amusement and laughter begins in a delightful adventure The tale ends as the Witches decide they were better off in their tree I laughed out loud so many times and smile broadly every time I think of the tale

  6. Carol Colfer Carol Colfer says:

    Not a big fan The book was published in 1941 which made the historical context slightly interesting but it was sexist silly as intended and not particularly amusing Its subtitle is The Ribald Story of a Shy Millionaire who Married a Witch Perhaps that should have told me enough to avoid reading it I almost uit in the middle

  7. Catherine Cavendish Catherine Cavendish says:

    Remember 'Bewitched'? It was based on this

  8. Laurent Szklarz Laurent Szklarz says:

    witty old fashioned and great

  9. Colleen Colleen says:

    This was a uirky entertaining book Apparently Bewitched the TV show is based on this book

  10. Samantha Samantha says:

    Not what I expected a few funny bits but unfortunately it was completely different from the film and uite risué for the time

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