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Wilt (Wilt #1)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  5,861 ratings  ·  257 reviews
Henry Wilt, tied to a daft job and a domineering wife, has just been passed over for promotion yet again. Ahead of him at the Polytechnic stretch years of trying to thump literature into the heads of plasterers, joiners, butchers and the like. And things are no better at home where his massive wife, Eva, is given to boundless and unpredictable fits of enthusiasm -for trans ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 7th 2002 by Arrow (first published 1976)
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Mick
Very rarely do I find a book so clever and witty that I actually laugh out loud as I turn the pages. (Unfortunately, I've come across many a book that had me laughing out loud because the writing was just bloody awful, but that's a topic for another day.) Until recently I had never heard of Tom Sharpe, nor of his books--in particular, his outrageously wonderful novel, WILT (published decades ago), until I was given a copy as a gift by a delightfully ornery friend. What a gem! (On both counts.)

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Maria João Fernandes
"Digamos que o homem é um animal domesticado com certas componentes selvagens dentro dele."

"Wilt" é um livro dominado pelo humor negro e Tom Sharpe conseguiu ser maravilhosamente bem sucedido na tarefa em manter o interesse e crueldade durante uma história de mal-entendidos, caracterizada pelo absurdo (intencional ou não).

Wilt é um professor de Estudos de Formação Geral, que ensina Instaladores de Gás, Estucadores, Alvenéus e Canalizadores. Quer dizer, Wil tenta ensiná-los há 10 anos, mas a verd
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Anthony Ryan
Tom Sharpe was arguably the most accomplished British humourist since PG Wodehouse and Wilt is possibly his best loved book. Sharpe drew on his experiences as a polytechnic lecturer in conceiving the character of hapless and unhappily married Henry Wilt, who spends his days teaching Lord of the Flies to disinterested apprentice butchers and his nights fantasising about killing his less than sympathetic wife, Eva. However, when Eva goes missing after a disastrous party in which Henry finds himsel ...more
pinknantucket
This is the story of Henry Wilt, who’s a chap not really content with his middle-class existence. Neither is his wife, Eva, who wishes he had a more prestigious job and a bit more ambition and so on. Wilt fantasises about murdering his wife, especially after she meets an odious American couple, Sally and Gaskell Pringsheim, who are into Sexual Freedom and Women’s Lib and all sorts of revolutionary new things. Wilt even goes so far as to “practice” Eva’s murder, while she is away with the Pringsh ...more
Peter
Triebhaft komisch, satirisch, ab und an ein wenig zynisch und das alles Zuhause und an der Berufsschule. Ein kurzes aber großartiges Buch in dem Sharpe die Welt eines deprimiertglücklichen Berufsschullehrers aus unterschiedlichen Betrachtungswinkeln zeigt und einen durchweg entweder zum schmunzeln oder gar zum lachen verführt. Kein einziger Seitenhieb auf das Spießbürgertum in all seinen Facetten wird dabei ausgelassen.

Wenn Sharpe von "Fleisch 1" oder "Gas 3" berichtet, sieht man die Schulklasse
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Glenn
It's an outlandish plot, but full of bawdy Brit humor, a very funny book. During one scene a police inspector talks to the main character Wilt, after a pretty funny set of circumstances lead them to believe he has murdered his wife, and Wilt is purposely giving them the runaround during interrogation sessions that go on forever. The police inspector states "I know what you are, Wilt. A bloody word merchant, a verbal contortionist." I'd say that describes the author pretty well - loved his word s ...more
Jane Rocks
Don't make the mistake of reading this book in public. Everyone will think you're crazy. I have rarely laughed so much reading anything. It's very light but totally hilarious. After reading this I became a fan of Tom Sharpe and read more of his books. They are perfect if you are looking for light relief or need cheering up.
Monica
Imagine an academic novel written by the Monty Pythons and David Lodge and you will have an idea of this wonderful bit of comic fiction. Written in 1976, some of it is a bit dated, but for the most part it is still a wonderfully fresh sendup of domestic life in at bottom level academia.

Henry Wilt is an Assistant Lecturer (Grade Two)at the Fenland College of Arts and Technology, teaching Candide and Lord of the Flies to Apprentice Gasfitters and Meatcutters as part of a government mandated enrich
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Johan
Het lijkt wel een eeuw geleden dat ik dit boek voor het eerst las. Dat is altijd een risico. Ik had er goede herinneringen aan, die worden maar al te vaak teniet gedaan. Boeken kunnen snel gedateerd raken. Hoewel de tijd waarin Wilt zich afspeelt lichtjaren voorbij lijkt blijft het boek overiend, door de manier waarop ermee wordt omgesprongen. Ten tijde van het verschijnen werd auteur Tom Sharpe van alle kanten nodeloze grofheid verweten. Met het verstrijken van de tijd is dat nu niet meer vol t ...more
Elis
Un libro que recordaré durante mucho tiempo, lleno de comedia al punto de reírme a carcajada en algún momento. Tom Sharpe tiene una forma de escribir que me ha encantado y argumentalmente, tiene todo bien atado, te muestra un trozo de papel capítulos antes de que tenga relevancia o te enseña un lugar para que sepas que está ahí antes de convertirlo en un sitio fundamental para la trama. Esto lo valoro mucho en un escritor, nada de "Deus ex machina".

Un libro corto, entretenido, desternillante, co
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Oki
Hay veces que los mejores libros son de los que no esperas nada. Y de este no esperaba nada, porque lo encontré el link al epub libro por ahí tirado.

Sin destripar mucho el libro, la historia va de un pobre infeliz que quiere matar a su mujer. Pero es de humor. Del negro. Con muñeca hinchable de por medio. Con erótico resultado.

En resumen, todo lo que un degenerado como yo deseo en un libro de humor.

Le doy 4 estrellas por la grata sorpresa de que no saliera rana, y el humor grueso sin complejos (
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Adrian
Wilt es el típico hombre inglés estancado en un oficio que no le aporta reconocimiento, el típico hombre agotado de su vida, el típico hombre casado con una mujer que ama y detesta... Esa mujer supone en este libro el punto de inflexión que genera un cúmulo de locuras y despropósitos en los que intervienen una muñeca hinchable, una pareja de americanos, la policía y un desgraciado incidente que le obliga a usar su intelecto para salir del lío en el que se ha metido por error.
Un libro con una hi
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Achyuth
Read it again after long - its still as hilarious as I remember it 10 years ago. Wilt used to be my favorite, especially once rejuvenated but this time I was flipping pages waiting for an appearance by the indelible Dr. Board. Sample this - "I've never had much sympathy with necrophilia before but I do begin to see its attractions now".

I still do think Wodehouse trumps Sharpe writing-wise. It could be since I do like laughing out aloud after plowing through the prolix. That, only the master can
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Olya
Генри Уилта считают неудачником все, начиная от недалекой жены и собаки, заканчивая коллегами и знакомыми. Брак с Евой и десять лет преподавания гуманитарным наукам в техникуме избавили его от глупых идеалов и иллюзий.

Очевидно, он был на многих вечеринках, которые оправдывали его худшие ожидания. Первенство бесспорно можно отдать вечеру с приятными новыми соседями. Последующую неделю нормальный человек не смог бы вспоминать без содрогания и затаенного ужаса. Уилт, скорее всего, будет припоминать
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Gillian Black
Quite enjoyable not a book I would have normally read.
Andrew Fish
If there's a theme to Wilt it is that of being trapped. Henry Wilt is trapped in a job teaching literature to unappreciative manual workers and a marriage to a flighty, egocentric force of nature in the shape of his wife Eva. When Eva drags him to a party thrown by a pair of maladjusted sex-mad Americans, Henry finds himself first trapped in a blow-up doll and then, when he disposes of the doll and his wife doesn't come home, he finds himself trapped in a police cell being interrogated about her ...more
Monica
Novela de humor muy absurdo y algunas veces rudo, pero bastante entretenida. Cómo no, se hace crítica del sistema educativo inglés (de su formación profesional).
Una narración que explica los líos en los que se mete un profesor de instituto profesional al soñar con matar a su esposa. Entretenida.
Al final de sobran unas cuantas páginas, la parte del interrogatorio se me hizo pelín pesada.
André Silva
To be honest, i found the book incredibly boring at the beginning. Now that i've finished it, i think it was well worthy or my time. I found it a bit too weird but at the same time the story works, and the writing style is great. Also, the development of Wilt throughout the book is interesting, and ironical. So, all in all, it's a decent read but certainly not a favourite of mine.
Tim
I'd never read any Sharpe despite his reputation as a great comic writer because I'd been put off by the dreadful covers.

Note to publishers: you could sell a lot more of his books by ditching whichever seaside caricaturist you got to do the original artwork.

So how does the reputation compare to the reality? Well, at least fifty percent justified, which is pretty darn good. The sections in particular, where Wilt, wrongly accused of murder, faces down the detective, his accuser, are absurd brilli
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Angel Serrano
Wilt odia a su mujer. Sus principios no le permiten divorciarse, y ni siquiera matarla! Su único escape es fantasear sobre su asesinato con una muñeca hinchable. Cuando su mujer desaparece misteriosamente, todas las sospechas recaerán sobre el pobre Wilt.
Caro1
Original y divertido, con algunos momentos francamente buenos. Probablemente leído en su época merecería una valoración mucho mejor.
Andrews
Me encantó, una gran dosis de humor inglés. http://unrincondeopinion.blogspot.com...
Esther
Una comèdia fantàstica. Un humor que deixa veure com n'és d'absurda la vida de vegades...
Natalia
One of the funniest book I've ever read. Advice: do not read it in public places.
Andrew
Ok I am on a bit of a Tom Sharpe run but this book introduced you Henry Wilt someone who you cannot help but feel is one of life's victims although some of it he does bring on himself - it is cutting, it is vulgar, it is insulting and you know you it is going to be hilarious but also just ever so slightly familiar.
I will not give away the situations he gets involved with but when his fantasies about killing out his wife suddenly and surprisingly take on a deranged reality you can imagine the co
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Phredric
Year ago I read Ancestral Vices and Porterhouse Blues and loved them, but oddly that didn't lead me to read more Tom Sharpe. So here I am a few decades years later reading Wilt. Three stars is for the first section (view spoiler) when the plot scurries along, afterwards things get a bit bogged down.

It's odd reading satire that is a few decades out of date but still spot on. I will be doing what I failed to do all those years ago and add Sharpe to my readi
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Yves Gounin
Si Tom Sharpe n'était pas mort l'an passé, je n'aurais pas lu "Wilt ou comment se sortir d'une poupée gonflable et de beaucoup d'autres ennuis encore". Je suis tombé sur son livre par la grâce d'une amie et d'une rubrique nécrologique bien troussée (ci-joint)
Le nom de ce satiriste anglais m'était vaguement connu. J'avais déjà remarqué chez 10/18 sa série des Wilt et ses sous-titres loufoques : "Comment se débarrasser d'un crocodile, de terroristes et d'une jeune fille au pair" (Wilt 2), "Comment
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Sam
Humerous, celever and very well written. I enjoyed this story very much.

It's about a rather depressed, anti-social individual named Henry wilt who is fed up with his job at tech which he has had for ten years in a row and his wife who he been married to for twelvs years and fantasizes about killing her regulary on walks with his dog. It is one night after a horrid party his wife dragged him to, he decides to but thoughts into action with a plastic doll he had been humiliated with at the very sa
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Barnali
The acerbic humor and the sexual content of the narrative was a bit too much for my Wodehouse-enriched literary soul to engorge; nevertheless, as I got over the initial chapters, I started enjoying the book.The plot is absolutely marvelous it contains Henry Wilt, a disillusioned teacher at an institution who faces morbid adult-students and has to read Lord of the Flies every term. His life is sunk in blind ignavia and, added to this, his wife is a ever-ready-to-be-molded maiden willing to try an ...more
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Tom Sharpe was an English satirical author, born in London and educated at Lancing College and at Pembroke College, Cambridge. After National Service with the Royal Marines he moved to South Africa in 1951, doing social work and teaching in Natal, until deported in 1961.

His work in South Africa inspired the novels Riotous Assembly and Indecent Exposure. From 1963 until 1972 he was a History lectur
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Wilt (7 books)
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  • Wilt On High (Wilt, #3)
  • Wilt In Nowhere (Wilt, #4)
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