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I think I picked the wrong one
on 5 July 2011
Tom Sharpe, the legend. I finally thought I would pick one up and inspired by a trip to Daunt books - I gave it a whirl.
Oops - it seems I made a mistake.
Wilt Inheritance seems like the authors requirement to knock out a book for a publisher by a certain deadline. The book lacks any kind of flow, although the earlier stages are slightly better than the last third which seems like it was rushed through whilst in the taxi on the way to the publishers.
This book lacks any kind of character development, flow and most importantly for a comedy - wit. Sharpe seems to be trying his hand at modern comedy, looking at modern stereotypes, and modern family problems but misses the mark by some distance.
But the worst thing about this book, is the last third. It requires the reader to lose all cognitive thought as it races through a series of events without any depth or tact; most of it ludicrously absurd. There is an attempt at a shock and perhaps a twist, but it is so badly done that you barely notice it or even care. In fact, the ending is so bad, that I actually laughed out loud at the level of stupidity you must need to be to get drawn in.
I was thoroughly disappointed with this book. The original Wilt book was first published in 1976 and is widely considered to be brilliant. This book seemed like an author trying to morph into contemporary times but failing. It just did not resonate at all.
I have just ordered Wilt the original and hopefully I will not be disappointed.