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3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  7,434 Ratings  ·  338 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 ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 7th 2002 by Arrow (first published 1976)
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Mick
Apr 26, 2009 Mick rated it it was amazing
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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Libros Prohibidos
Jul 13, 2015 Libros Prohibidos rated it it was amazing
Libro repleto de situaciones hilarantes, diálogos surrealistas y personajes muy particulares. Y es que no nos cansaremos de repetirlo: ¡cómo nos gusta el humor inglés! Reseña completa:
http://www.libros-prohibidos.com/tom-...
Jane Rocks
Aug 04, 2012 Jane Rocks rated it really liked it
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.
Netscape
Oct 03, 2016 Netscape rated it liked it
No puedo negar que no me haya gustado. Muy entretenido y de fácil lectura, aunque no sé si lo suficientemente entretenido para seguir la saga. Supongo que seguiré, porque siempre me ha costado dejar algo a medias, pero tras un amplio descanso que pueda hacerme recuperar las ganas de leer algo en clave humorística.

¿Qué he aprendido?

-Los libros de humor no son lo mío, pues no he conseguido encontrarlo tan desternillante como me habían prometido que sería.
-El humor negro y cínico es uno de mis humo
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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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pinknantucket
Jan 08, 2010 pinknantucket rated it liked it
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 ...more
Anthony Ryan
Dec 07, 2014 Anthony Ryan rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Glenn
Apr 29, 2009 Glenn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humorous-novels
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 ...more
Cris
Oct 25, 2015 Cris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En mi opinión, tanto en cine como en literatura y especialmente en la segunda, siempre es mucho más difícil provocar una carcajada sincera que una lágrima en el espectador/lector. Este libro ofrece una gran cantidad de risas y un nivel continuo de tensión facial. Las situaciones cómicas se suceden una detrás de otra, a cuál más surrealista, y los diálogos las completan de manera brillante aportando mucha dinámica.

Reseña completa y mi versión de la portada en http://sidumbledorefueralibrero.com/2
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Magda Pais
Mar 26, 2016 Magda Pais rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, 2016
A Cristina, sabendo do meu gosto por livros e por humor negro falou-me neste livro e acabou por o enviar pelo correio para que eu o podesse ler. Valeu a pena! Ainda ontem à noite, como contava à pouco à Sara, tive um ataque de riso assim do meio do nada. Valeu-me estar em casa da sogra e estar em familia, e o facto de que todos sabem que eu sou assim.
Wilt é um professor com uma vida muito mas mesmo muito aborrecida. Enquando Eve, a mulher, faz meditação, Wilt passeia o cão e idealiza como poderá
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Peter
Feb 12, 2014 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Elis
Sep 04, 2013 Elis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites-books
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
Jan 03, 2015 Oki rated it really liked it
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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Josune Murgoitio
Mar 09, 2016 Josune Murgoitio rated it it was amazing
Creo que es el mejor libro de humor que he leído nunca. Me reí muchísimo, y a todas las personas a las que se lo recomendé o regalé les gustó mucho también. Los siguientes a este libro están bien, pero nunca superarán a este primero. Me quedé con ganas de ver la adaptación a teatro.
Monica
Jan 17, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british, reread
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
Aug 12, 2012 Johan rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Olethros
-Graciosa e intrascendente, sello de identidad del autor.-

Género. Novela.

Lo que nos cuenta. Henry Wilt es un hombre anodino que enseña Humanidades en una escuela de artes y oficios, pasea al perro, se siente frustrado pero vive con ello y está casado desde hace doce años con Eva en un matrimonio convencional (léase “ligeramente amargo pero sin eventos catastróficos que requieran de abogados”), pero cuando Eva hace una nueva amiga las cosas se empezarán a torcer para Wilt y su matrimonio hasta ex
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Adrian
Mar 31, 2015 Adrian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: forokd
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
Jul 02, 2012 Achyuth rated it really liked it
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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Antonio Gomez M
Jun 07, 2015 Antonio Gomez M rated it it was amazing
Comedia negra que critica ciertos convencionalismos sociales e intelectuales. El protagonista es un profesor con la vitola de perdedor entre el círculo social y profesional en el que se mueve, con el que te identificas desde el primer momento a pesar de que se vea envuelto en una locura total. La historia sigue una línea políticamente incorrecta que no se acostumbra a leer demasiado. Es un libro divertidísimo totalmente recomendable. Después de el primero, seguiré la serie sin duda.
Lucynell
Jul 20, 2015 Lucynell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've seen this book on every bookshelf in every second-hand/charity shop I visited and also read some good reviews so I thought I'd part with 50 cents and see what is all about. It's a British farce, not consistently funny, and a bit over-the-top but delightful nonetheless, fast and very well written. It's about this guy who's so disappointed with his life he finds a sort of escape in daydreaming of murdering his wife. Then she disappears and naturally becomes the prime suspect. It's good fun.
Maria
Aug 06, 2016 Maria rated it really liked it
Tom Sharpe was recommended to me a few times and I'm glad I finally got to read one of his books.

The first twenty percent was a little bit disappointing but as the story went further and further (and got funnier and funnier) I started enjoying the book more.
The characters are not nice people but at the end I began to understand Wilt and even sympathise with him.
Hysterically funny and clever. I'm definitely going to read more of Tom Sharpe's work.
Monica
Sep 17, 2013 Monica rated it liked it
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.
Isabel Guerra
Dec 08, 2015 Isabel Guerra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, humor
Corto, entretenido y muy gracioso.
Me enganchó de principio a fin y me sacó una cantidad de carcajadas.
La situación de la historia es tan absurda e hilarante que es imposible no disfrutar del humor negro al que recurre el autor.
Pronto reseña en el blog.
Malapata
Nov 22, 2015 Malapata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tenía algo de miedo a la relectura 20 años después, pero era infundado. No sólo mantiene su frescura, sino que he disfrutado con detalles que hace 20 años no sabía aún apreciar (esas clases con Instaladores de Gas, por ejemplo). Muy divertido.
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.
Alberto Delgado
May 18, 2016 Alberto Delgado rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una historia delirante que te mantiene la carcajada durante todo su recorrido. El humor inglés a pleno rendimiento y lo mejor es que sus 40 años de vida no le han sentado nada mal y tiene todo para convertirse en un gran clásico.
Carla
Mar 27, 2016 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, portuguese, 2016
This was just what I needed! The non-sense of the situation Henry Wilt creates when plotting to kill his wife, the comments of his co-workers and his students, the situation his wife goes through... It was just what I needed!
Alex
Feb 11, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing
Probably one of the best books I've ever read. Smart and clever, a book that literally makes you laugh out loud
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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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“Estaba asombrado de que le hubiera resultado tan fácil. Lo único que tenía que hacer era decirle a la gente lo que la gente quería oír, y te creían, por muy absurda que pudiera ser la historia que les explicaras. Y tres días y tres noches sin dormir habían aletargado los recelos y la capacidad de escepticismo del inspector Flint.” 0 likes
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