Wilt On High: (Wilt Series 3) Paperback – 1 Apr 2004
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"The funniest writer now working in the English language" (Stephen King)
"Tom Sharpe serves up the loudest laughs in literary comedy ... He is the great post-Waugh humorist, the Wodehouse who dares plunge into the botomless vulgarity and hysteria of our times, and a rattling good companion on a train journey" (Mail on Sunday)
"A very funny book ... it is perfect stuff, vintage Sharpe" (Punch)
"Tom Sharpe is back on form ... he stays Sharpe to the bottom of the glass" (Sunday Times)
"Tom Sharpe is one of the funniest things that has happened to fiction recently" (Financial Times)
The third hilarious 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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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.
How could I pick fault with this book when it is just so entertaining. Of course modern readers may find it a little misogynistic and while some of the attitudes may belong firmly to the era in which the book was written, to condemn it for these reasons would be a mistake. Eve Wilt is painted as a truly formidable character. So much so that the reader can empathise with her husband's murderous intentions towards her, and at no point does she feel like an helpless victim.Read more ›
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.
This is an absolutely hilarious book. Sharpe's real skill is to take seemingly innocuous situations, then, logical step by seemingly logical step morph them into a bizarre and screamingly funny situation. All the steps seem sane and logical, but the end result is as far from it as you can get.
As well as the anarchic humour, there is the serious side. Part of what makes Sharpe's South African books stand out so much above the rest of his oeuvre is his study of the people and attitudes of that place and time. When I first read these as a teenager I could not believe that these were real characters with their casual racism and paranoias. I thought that these were caricatures with attitudes exaggerated for comic effect. I have, over the intervening years, learned that such people really do exist. Sharpe performs an important job by exposing the South Africa of the time for what it was, and satirising it so well.
An excellently written, eminently readable, hilariously funny book with a serious message buried under the laughs. Five stars, six if I could.
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One of the best books ever written so funny.on holiday people were watching me when I did not realise I was laughing so much.Published 18 days ago by sussanah
I read this in paperback when it was first published, many years ago.Published 1 month ago by Paul S J Marsh
This has to be one of the funniest books I have ever read it will have any one who takes the time to read it literally laughing out loud no matter what company or environment they... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert R.
Book was very scruffy aery old and not something you would normally pick up.Published 3 months ago by Chris Pitt