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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  5,474 ratings  ·  240 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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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.)

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
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
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
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
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
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
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 (
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
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.
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
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.
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
Una comèdia fantàstica. Un humor que deixa veure com n'és d'absurda la vida de vegades...
One of the funniest book I've ever read. Advice: do not read it in public places.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Henry Wilt is a lecturer at a Tech in the south of England, who frequently fantasizes about murdering his wife while taking the dog for a walk. Eva Wilt is a neat freak and hasn’t been touched by her husband in what seems like years. When the fashionable Pringsheims arrive at their neighborhood, they lives take an exciting turn - for the worse.

The backcover promised me “the funniest detective story in years”, and other twists on the word “hilarious”, but while this was amusing, I didn’t laugh ou
Veena .
it was one of those days when you want to be surprised that i picked up this book to read. i had never heard of this author or the book before. so decided to read on. when you see the book cover and the summary at the back you can always put it in the genre of PG Wodehouse. the book cover is cartoonish. the title is based on the lead character of the book.

Tom sharpe is a very famous author who writes about class difference in a country. he is very famous for his satirical remarks in his book (wh
Ce qu'il y a de bien chez Sharpe, c'est qu'on est sûr de rire et de découvrir des scènes cocasses, voire même coriaces ! Ici, le sous-titre en dit long ! Wilt, héros éponyme, est un homme assez classique, professeur de culture générale. Sa femme Eva est une dinde crédule et plutôt cruche, qui se laisse influencer par Sally (Sally la salope, la bien nommée), une nymphomane féministe (c'est en réalité plus complexe, mais à vous de la découvrir). En parlant d'elle, j'aime la relation Sally/Gaskell, ...more
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I’m a big fan of Smith and Jones, and so reading Wilt, the book based on the 1990 British comedy film, had long been on the cards.

And in reading it, I found myself discovering for the first time the brilliance of Tom Sharpe, who writes comedy so well, I found it impossible not to laugh aloud as I turned the pages. I don’t say this lightly; there are extremely few writers out there who can write comedy and expect to generate any sort of a physical response. Whilst reading this book, I accidentall
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Ternyata pas baca gw jadi sadar kenapa buk
Txe Polon
2,5 estrellas.
Tiene escenas divertidas, esto es innegable, y seguro que muchas sutilezas se pierden en la traducción, pero no pude evitar aburrirme con esas escenas de interrogatorio eternas y con esas escenas en la barca de lo más repetitivas, con ese personaje que es Eva y que no tiene ni pizca de gracia. Además, esas bromas soeces y ese lenguaje procaz pierden efectividad a medida que avanza la lectura, y es probable que hayan resistido mal el paso del tiempo.
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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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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Other Books in the Series

Wilt (7 books)
  • The Wilt Alternative (Wilt, #2)
  • Wilt On High (Wilt, #3)
  • Wilt In Nowhere (Wilt, #4)
  • The Wilt Inheritance (Wilt, #5)
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