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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 28 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 5 Feb. 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ7S5E
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In fact, it's a relatively dark read about the nature and destructive impact of loneliness. It's also, in rather a big way, about an almost sexual obsession with wine. The two themes are knitted together around a plot which is deftly turned inside out and re-ordered.
Torday is quite some writer: stylish and terribly readable. He has produced two such startlingly different novels that you wonder what's coming next.
There are some darkly humorous moments in the novel, but for the most part, this is downbeat stuff. Whilst it is highly readable, a few things in the book don't quite convince; for example, the voice of Wilberforce as a man in his mid- to late thirties - even allowing for his decline and world-weariness, it's difficult to believe in the age Torday has given him. The fact that Wilberforce has a mystery family background and parentage, and that his first name is kept secret for much of the book, are curious asides that do little to add any sense of suspense or intrigue to what is essentially a tale of a messed-up life.
There are other problems. We don't get to know the Catherine character at all (although perhaps this is deliberate; she does not seem to have left an impression on Wilberforce as a truly real person, either).Read more ›
I found it a strange book. Wiberforce was an unlikeable 'hero' but then again you feel he was on a hiding to nothing in regards to his upbringing.
His so called friends were pretty much as you would expect of the idle rich. Andy& Dr Colin come out of the book best.
All in all it was not as good or funny as Salmon Fishing but it is a decent read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting book, well-written, with a little repetition because of the mode adopted.
However, this is an unusual mode, starting the book with the end of the story,... Read more
This is an intriguing story written by a man who is in the throes of hopeless alcoholism ,which he does not recognise ,as his refreshment of choice is fine wine. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gordon Reid
As with Paul Torday's other books, The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce is an unusual tale. Although there are touches of humour, the tragedy unfolds as we look backwards... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jean D
I found it to be a deeply affecting and disturbing book , leaving behind many unanswered questions at the end .Published 16 months ago by ALWYN HUGHES
Refreshingly different, a thoroughly entertaining and easy read.Published 18 months ago by cookie girl :) :) :)