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The Wilt Inheritance: (Wilt Series 5) Hardcover – 2 Sep 2010

3.8 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson (2 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091796962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091796969
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A major craftsman in the art of farce...vengeful, chaotic, Swiftian in his tastes, cartoonish in his extremes, and above all wild and amusing" (The Observer)

"Britain's leading practitioner of black humour" (Punch)

"Tom Sharpe serves up the loudest laughs in literary comedy. He is the great post-Waugh humorist, the Wodehouse who dares plunge into the bottomless vulgarity and hysteria of our times, and a rattling good companion on a train journey" (Mail on Sunday)

"The funniest novelist writing today" (The Times)

"The best of British farce-masters is back" (Mail on Sunday)

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A hilarious Henry Wilt novel from Tom Sharpe, the British master of farce and bestselling author of Porterhouse Blue.

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Format: Hardcover
I have to say it was with some trepidation that I pre-ordered this book, having been disappointed by Mr. Sharpe's previous book, The Gropes. Like that one, I also finished this the day I received it and I am pleased to say it was a highly enjoyable read. Much like "Wilt in Nowhere" it's definitely a more "gentle" book, relative to the first 3 in the Wilt series. The usual elements are all there - dodgy landed gentry, incompetence in the academic professions, overbearing wives and out-of-control offspring, plus a good helping of violence and death. It is also interesting to see how Sharpe, who did most of his writing 30+ years ago, incorporates contemporary elements into this book. It doesn't have quite the same hilarious comedy of the earlier books but I don't think they can ever be matched. All in all a good addition to a series that started all the way back in 1976.
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I've read all the reviews, good & bad and I have to say that those who give this book a low mark should think a little deeper. The only thing that's changed is us. Tom Sharpe's writing style has not changed in all these years, to really appreciate this book you need to transport yourself back to the 80s and remember what made you laugh at all his other books back then. Try watching "The Young Ones" or "Aufweiderzein Pet" today, I bet you don't laugh as much as you did the first time around.....I have to admit, this book wasn't particularly funny until I got myself into the zone. Once there, I couldn't stop laughing...Just like I did the very first time I read his books
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I'm a huge fan of the early Sharpe novels - the first 2 Wilts, and the 2 SA novels were stupendously good and genuinely laugh-out-loud funny. The other older books were hit and miss, but they at least had a density of story to them which the last Wilt (before this one) lacked, being both without humour and very short.

This one is unfortanately cut from the same cloth as Wilt in Nowhere - short & entirely lacking in humour - but was a somewhat better read, which just about earns it a 2nd star. As delighted as I was to see another Wilt book available, it's really a pale shadow of the originals. It's not a particularly bad book, but it's not a particularly good one either.
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Format: Paperback
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.
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Format: Hardcover
I have read the majority of Tom Sharpe's work and laughed out loud while doing so. However I am very sorry to say that I feel this book will disappoint Tom Sharpe fans like me. Gone are the cleverly intertwined events that build up to the inevitable side splitting comic crescendos. The attempted comic moments in this latest work are awkward, overly contrived, bland and very flat. If you haven't yet read any Tom Sharpe treat yourself to one of his earlier works (Riotous Assembly & Wilt to name but two). If you have read Tom Sharpe and like his work ... stop here, this book will break the comic spell. The edition I have, I now note on the back cover has not one line of praise for the work itself. It only has just praise for the author himself. Very telling when the publisher can't find anyone with a good word for the book.
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I have read all Tom Sharpe's novels and particularly enjoy the Wilt books. This one however was rather devoid of any comedic content and failed to raise a single laugh out loud, which places it apart from it's predecessors. An easy read but only in the hope that it would improve. It didn't.
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Was a bit disappointed in this book, even though Tom Sharpe is heading back to his previous form. It had all the makings of a "Wilt" story, but the humour is just not the same as it used to be. Maybe I've grown up a bit since the first Wilt episode and I have changed... If you are a Tom Sharpe fan its worth buying, but not up to the standard of the previous Wilt books.
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