- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (7 Nov. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099435489
- ISBN-13: 978-0099435488
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Wilt: (Wilt Series 1) Paperback – 7 Nov 2002
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"His best novel yet ... Mr Sharpe has taken a great stride towards being considered a major craftsman in the art of farce" (Auberon Waugh Evening Standard)
"This delightful book ... lives, rises and triumphs by a slicing wit" (Daily Mirror)
"Superb farce ... If you don't laugh your head off, Crippen wasn't guilty" (Tribune)
"Mr. Sharpe's farce has a gritty satirical edge to it, and the world his embattled central character inhabits is all too real" (Sunday Times)
"Tom Sharpe piles slapstick upon slapstick with the ingenious dexterity of a music-hall illusionist" (Sunday Telegraph)
The hilarious first Henry Wilt novel from Tom Sharpe, the British master of farce and bestselling author of Porterhouse Blue.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Unlike the other Sharpe books (which are nowhere as good i hasten to add) you will find that once you've started you cannot put them down.My wife,i'm sure, contemplated having me admitted under the mental health act, such were my outbursts of laughter.
Buy both these books, you will read them again and again.
Into his boring life explodes an American couple, who befriend Eva. Suddenly Wilt's life will never be the same again as he finds himself involved with a rubber doll and accused of a triple murder. In typical Sharpe style we start with a set of innocuous circumstances, then gradually via a series of entirely plausible small steps we are suddenly launched into a bizarre and hilarious circumstances. Wilt's world is turned upside down almost without our noticing.
The results, as Wilt tries to find his way out of his circumstances are a joy to read. I cannot even think of his police interviews with Inspector Flint without curling up in laughter. Wilt calls on all his experience dealing with day release classes to run rings round the police, and confound them at every turn. And when he comes to make up a confession, his years of daydreaming suddenly have a use.
It's a screamingly funny book, not as anarchic of some of Sharpe's other works, but the series of character studies work wonderfully, giving a series of well drawn people. This attention to the characters and the clash of the various personalities is the source of much of the humour and works extremely well.
A classic tale and one that will definitely have you laughing.
Oh its absolutely filthy, not for the kiddies. I can be a bit tetchy about rude humour, but this completely works!
Outrageous, bawdy, and violent. What more do you want?
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True vintage Tom Sharpe showing what can happen when simple things go wrong. That could!d never happen, but it does, though not with the exaggerated results shown in this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tony Mischkinis
Not for reading out aloud to others since the language is deep blue at times, but for private reading with a G and T it's a hoot.Published 2 months ago by Ratzelbaum