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The Wilt Alternative (original 1979; edition 1981)

by Tom Sharpe

Series: Wilt (2)

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Title:The Wilt Alternative
Authors:Tom Sharpe
Info:Pan Books (1981), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 224 pages
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The Wilt Alternative by Tom Sharpe (1979)

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In this, the second of Tom Sharpe's chronicles about Henry Wilt, our hero is no longer the victim of his own uncontrolled fantasies. As Head of a reconstituted Liberal Studies Department he has assumed power without authority at the Fenland College of Arts & Technology and the fantasies he now confronts are those of political bigots and reactionary bureaucrats- in addition to his wife's enthusiasm for every Organic Alternative under the compost heap and the insistence of his quadruplets on looking at every problem with an unflinching lack of sentimentality. Wilt's problems are compounded by nature in the shape of a rose bush, nostalgia, temporary infatuation with a foreign student and the hostility of medical services unwilling to attend to his most urgent needs. But it is only when Wilt becomes the unintentional participant in a terrorist siege that he is forced to find an answer to the problems of power, which have corrupted greater men than he. With a mental ingenuity born of his innate cowardice, Wilt fights for those liberal values which are threatened both by international terrorism and by the sophisticated methods of police anti- terrorist agents. In the confusion that follows, Wilt resumes his dialogue with the unflagging Inspector Flint and is himself subjected to the indignity of a psycho- political profile. Bitingly funny and brilliantly written, THE WILT ALTERNATIVE exposes the farcical anomalies, which have become the social norms of our time.
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
Un poil en deçà du premier, mais toujours délirant
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  Luc_Bertrand | Dec 17, 2007 |
Tom Sharpe, funny as usual, but this time a little disappointing.
For some reason this one just didn't grab me quite as much as everything else of his that I've read. ( )
  name99 | Nov 14, 2006 |
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A novel which continues the saga of Henry Wilt, an innate coward and hen-pecked husband whose escapades include a drunken (and very painful) battle with a rosebush, an all-consuming infatuation with an overseas student, and becoming an unwilling participant in an armed siege. From the author of RIOTOUS ASSEMBLY and GRANTCHESTER GRIND.

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This novel which continues the saga of Henry Wilt, an innate coward and hen-pecked husband whose escapades include a drunken (and very painful) battle with a rosebush, an all-consuming infatuation with an overseas student, and becoming an unwilling participant in an armed siege.… (more)

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