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Wilt (1976)

de Tom Sharpe

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Im März 1978 ging Douglas Adams' klassischer interstellarer Anhalter-Reiseführer bei der BBC zum ersten Mal auf Sendung. Nun erscheint pünktlich zur 25-Jahr-Feier "Keine Panik!", die vergnüglich-chaotische Lebensgeschichte des Kult-Autors von Knüllern wie "Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis" und "Dirk Gentlys Holistische Detektei". Der Biograph Neil Gaiman, selbst bekannter Schriftsteller, schreibt mit Liebe zum skurrilen Detail und einem trockenen Humor, der sich vor Adams verneigt. Kleines Beispiel: "Was Douglas Adams in den Jahren zwischen Mitte 1977 und 1980 eigentlich machte, ist im nachhinein nicht mehr so leicht zu entwirren. Umso mehr ist hier über Adams' erste Texte und literarische Vorbilder zu erfahren (Kafka? Orwell? Nein: Adams beruft sich auf Captain W. E. John und noch einen anderen Autor, "den anscheinend niemand außer mir kennt".), über seine Berufserfahrungen als Hühnerstall-Ausmister und als Leibwächter einer arabischen Ölfamilie. Über die liebe Mühe mit dem Schreiben und über kläglich gescheiterte Projekte, wie z.B. die Ringo-Starr-Show, in der Ringo einen Chauffeur spielen sollte, der seinen Boss auf dem Rücken trägt. "Keine Panik!" ist natürlich auch die Erfolgsgeschichte von "Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis". Zuerst war da nur die besoffene Idee. Dann die BBC-Radioserie, die Romane, die Fernsehsendung und das Computerspiel. "Per Anhalter" ist sogar als Handtuch erschienen, aber immer noch nicht in den Kinos. Adams verkaufte die Filmrechte zwar schon 1982, schlug sich aber dann jahrelang und bis zuletzt mit verschiedenen Hollywood-Mogulen herum. Er starb im Mai 2001 mit 49 Jahren an einem Herzinfarkt. Nicht nur für Stephen Fry hat Adams "die Party viel zu früh verlassen".… (mais)
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I wonder if this is one of those cases where they seemed funny at the time, but. Let's put it this way. I wouldn't think of attempting to reread Tom Sharpe.

By all means set me straight on this! ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
It starts off a bit weak, with an implausible and off-puttingly odd plot. But soon it becomes quite funny, and a real page-turner. ( )
  breic | Nov 8, 2019 |
Wilt was my first introduction to the written work of Tom Sharpe, or so I thought until a quarter of the way through, when I realized I had actually watched the film adaptation starring Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones I couple of decades previous. Wilt drips with dry British humor that satirizes the cultural formalities and class division while somehow defending it at the same time. Wilt inadvertently frames himself for the murder of his wife - who isn't even dead, mind you - and through his constant attempts to clear his name provokes the reactionary disapproval of the local constabulary, his academic peers, and practically everybody else that gets drawn into the growing avalanche of complications. Things spin even further out of control when Wilt finds himself enjoying it. Yes, there is a blow-up sex doll involved, but the humor revolving dear Judy has less to do with its existence than the reaction to it. Wilt excels as a hilarious work also because the novel's hero Henry Wilt - beleaguered literature professor and married man - is just as off-kilter (if not more so) than the rest of characters galivanting through this comedy of errors. Fans of British humor will really get a kick out of Wilt. ( )
1 vote smichaelwilson | Aug 3, 2019 |
Such hilarity! Tom Sharpe comedy capers are brilliant. The TV film adaption starring Griff Rhys Jones and Mel Smith had me in fits. The film did the book justice. 👍🐯

The vision of a naked Griff tied to a blow up sex doll! Uugh! ( )
  nicademus7 | Dec 21, 2017 |
Wilt - Tom Sharpe ***

I remember years ago my parents both reading Wilt and enjoying it, and then there came the film with Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones which I can vaguely remember watching (even though I probably shouldn’t have). I had heard of Tom Sharpe but never picked any of his books up. I was aware that Wilt was part of a series so thought I would start at the beginning...

Henry Wilt is a polytechnic tutor who has been stuck in the same job and at the same level for a number of years. At home he has domineering wife, Eva, who befriends an American couple and becomes drawn into their hippyish way of life. After an incident involving a blow-up doll at a party, Eva goes off on a boat trip with her new friends, leaving Wilt at home with only the doll for company. Normally a quiet sort of chap he now begins to imagine how his life would be without her, and using the doll as a makeshift Eva on which to practice his plans, one night he disposes of the sex toy in a sort of trial run. Unfortunately for him things don’t go as smoothly as he would have liked, and soon he attracts the attention of the local constabulary.

This has to be one of those books where I need to hold my hands up in the air and say the reason I didn’t like it that much was probably me. I have heard and read so many positive things about Wilt that there can’t really be any other explanation. I just didn’t find it all that funny. Yes, it was well written and yes, it had an inventive and original plot, but did it do the job I bought it for and make me laugh? Nope. Not even a stifled giggle. Ah well, better luck next time. ( )
  Bridgey | Mar 24, 2017 |
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Wenn Henry Wilt den Hund zu einem Spaziergang ausführte, oder richtiger, wenn der Hund ihn ausführte, oder um genauer zu sein, wenn Mrs. Wilt beiden sagte, sie sollten bloß sehen, dass sie aus dem Hause kämen, damit sie ihre Yogaübungen machen konnte, schlug er stets denselben Weg ein.
Whenever Henry Wilt took the dog for a walk, or, to be more accurate, when the dog took him, or, to be exact, when Mrs Wilt told them both to go and take themselves out of the house so that she could do her yoga exercises, he always took the same route.
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Im März 1978 ging Douglas Adams' klassischer interstellarer Anhalter-Reiseführer bei der BBC zum ersten Mal auf Sendung. Nun erscheint pünktlich zur 25-Jahr-Feier "Keine Panik!", die vergnüglich-chaotische Lebensgeschichte des Kult-Autors von Knüllern wie "Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis" und "Dirk Gentlys Holistische Detektei". Der Biograph Neil Gaiman, selbst bekannter Schriftsteller, schreibt mit Liebe zum skurrilen Detail und einem trockenen Humor, der sich vor Adams verneigt. Kleines Beispiel: "Was Douglas Adams in den Jahren zwischen Mitte 1977 und 1980 eigentlich machte, ist im nachhinein nicht mehr so leicht zu entwirren. Umso mehr ist hier über Adams' erste Texte und literarische Vorbilder zu erfahren (Kafka? Orwell? Nein: Adams beruft sich auf Captain W. E. John und noch einen anderen Autor, "den anscheinend niemand außer mir kennt".), über seine Berufserfahrungen als Hühnerstall-Ausmister und als Leibwächter einer arabischen Ölfamilie. Über die liebe Mühe mit dem Schreiben und über kläglich gescheiterte Projekte, wie z.B. die Ringo-Starr-Show, in der Ringo einen Chauffeur spielen sollte, der seinen Boss auf dem Rücken trägt. "Keine Panik!" ist natürlich auch die Erfolgsgeschichte von "Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis". Zuerst war da nur die besoffene Idee. Dann die BBC-Radioserie, die Romane, die Fernsehsendung und das Computerspiel. "Per Anhalter" ist sogar als Handtuch erschienen, aber immer noch nicht in den Kinos. Adams verkaufte die Filmrechte zwar schon 1982, schlug sich aber dann jahrelang und bis zuletzt mit verschiedenen Hollywood-Mogulen herum. Er starb im Mai 2001 mit 49 Jahren an einem Herzinfarkt. Nicht nur für Stephen Fry hat Adams "die Party viel zu früh verlassen".

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