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  • Hardcover: 167 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (4 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312375786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312375782
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,332,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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woman who wouldn't, the by wilder, gene

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Over the last few years I've read a lot of books written by comedians,and Gene Wilder falls into the category of comics who don't write "books of gags" - this is genuine literary fiction. I've linked to an Alexi Sayle book at the top of this review because I think he's the same.
Having read Wilder's earlier book "My French Whore" I was pleased to see another book from him. It's another good read. This is the story of an American Violinist who has a breakdown and is sent to Germany to recover in a sanitorium. I don't want to include any spoilers, but suffice to say, the book focuses on the relationship between our recovering musician and the woman from the title.
Although a little short, the book is funny and well written - I'd like to say whimsical. You can really imagine Gene Wilder reading this aloud.
One small point, the edition I purchased truly is a beautiful book - the way it has printed and bound is unusual - almost like rough cut pages have been used. The effect is to create an item that's a real pleasure to handle and read. One in the eye for the Kindle!

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Lighthearted yet insightful 12 Mar 2008
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
In 1903 Cleveland Orchestra concert violinist Jeremy Spencer Webb has a nervous breakdown on stage during a performance. The British expatriate tears apart the first violinist's music sheets, pours water down a tuba and punches the piano like a maniac before sitting on the stage crying. The men in white took him away in a strait jacket to a nearby neuropsychiatric hospital. When he began speaking three or four weeks later, he was sent to a health resort in Badenweiler, Germany in the Black Forest to recover paid fully by the Orchestra; the same place he was told that Chekhov was there battling consumption.

Dr. Karl Gross, brother to the Cleveland Orchestra's artistic director Otto Gross, takes charge of Jeremy's recovery. There the patient meets Chekhov and "cute Belgie" Clara Mulpas whom he tries to seduce but she proves to be THE WOMAN WHO WOULDN'T. His treatment consists of walks, special soaks, and fine dining with wine. When Dr. Gross decides Jeremy is ready, he asks him to perform with the string quartet entertaining the clinic's guests. Although that ends in failure, Jeremy and Anton become friends and he begins to win Clara's heart.

As with MY FRENCH WHORE, Gene Wilder takes a fun look at lampooning the excesses of the aristocracy who still controls the upper crust in spite of changing economics and soon lifestyle when WWI occurs. Thus readers obtain a sweet satirical glimpse of the elite through life in the Badenweiler health resort; pampering being the cure of all ills. Lighthearted yet insightful, fans will appreciate Gene Wilder's amusing yet deep THE WOMAN WHO WOULDN'T.

Harriet Klausner
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Worth it? 2 Jun 2008
By Concerned Father - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I'm mixed on this book.

Is it a captivating story? Yes. Is it heartfelt and sincere just as all the reviews are saying it is? Absolutely.

The one thing that is readily apparent is that Gene Wilder is a screenplay writer. There is very little descriptive prose in the text. It is very straight and to the point with no fluff.

The problem is that it is a very short book. 160 pages. Small pages. Decent sized type. Very easy to read. You will be finished with it within an hour. It is really no more than a short story.

Yet, it is a hard cover book priced as a full length hardcover book would normally be priced. Is it worth spending that amount for a short story you will be finished with in an hour? You need to ask yourself that question.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Sweet and wistful love story 22 April 2008
By RF Reader - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This small and deceptively simple book by Gene Wilder will slowly pull you in and make you care about Jeremy and Clara until you can't put the book down, yet don't want to reach the end. You can hear Mr. Wilder's voice in this book and see him in your mind's eye as our hero, musician Jeremy. Given Mr Wilder's life experiences, Jeremy and Clara's romance is sweet, wistful and full of longing for how things could have been.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A short and sweet novel 3 April 2008
By Dez V. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a very imaginative, compelling, fun and yet serious book...I couldn't put it down. The characters were wonderful. Yes, Mr. Wilder, I would like more!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very sweet and uplifting! 3 May 2008
By Ali from the Valley - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is just a nice and quick book. There are some really good moments in this story. The only thing I noticed in this book was that every character has a physical description except the main character, Jeremy Webb. Although it is told from his perspective, so maybe he doesn't really think about how he looks. In any case, I pictured Mr. Wilder playing this role in the movie in my mind.
If you're looking for something uplifting without reading an enormous novel, this is it. I don't think there's a chapter in this book that's longer than six pages.
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