The Wilt Inheritance: (Wilt Series 5) Hardcover – 2 Sep 2010
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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)
A 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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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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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Revisited Wilt after having read the first three many years ago. It either hasn't aged well or this just really is a nothing story with none of the original humour and appeal.Published 11 days ago by Matt W
Excellent value for money, perfect condition, will certainly use again. ,Many thanks.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Typical Sharpe, not his greatest by any means, the climax is not as compelling as some others and the denoument is sudden and disappointing but it's a quick easy read with some... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Paul Cowan