Thomas Ridley Sharpe, who wrote the book, was born in London and tries to show a hilarious reflection of the British society. Wilt is the first of a series of novels which explains Henry Wilt’s life with a humoristic point of view. If you like Monty Python or you enjoy the bawdy British humour probably you’ll enjoy this offering. It has slapstick, sexual innuendos, and tons of puns.
On the one hand, Wilt Is a teacher who is consumed by a job he hates and hasn’t seen a raise in over a decade. On the other hand, his marriage is dissatisfying. He really hates her as much as she hates him too. He has many times wanted to kill her, but he has fun thinking of different scenarios to do it when going to walk the dog.
One day, his massive wife, Eva, meets a trendy American couple, the Prigsheim. They invite Tom and Eva to a barbecue. From that moment lots of illogical things happen. Sally, the liberated wife, make advances toward Wilt. He takes offence and rejects her but she takes revenge. Finally, he leaves the house. Things get worse. His wife decides to go alone with the Prigsheim to a trip. Wounded he gets drunk and simulates his wife’s murder with an inflatable doll. Things get confused when he’s accused of murdering his wife. Did he do it?
Wilt is a really funny novel. It’s a fun reading with several strong belly laughs. It’s easy to read. However, there is a lot of vocabulary for describing psychological aspects. Sometimes it’s a bit tasteless, vulgar and rude but maybe balanced. I’m sure you will enjoy the book.
Book review written by Pablo GV