This book must be one of the funniest I've ever read. My girlfrind threw me out of bed at four in the morning because I'd apparently been laughing in my sleep after having read the book. The best thing about any of Tom Sharpe's books is that you can read them again and again and still laugh all over again! Superb!
What more can I say? Go read it! I read it about 12 years ago or more. It was fantastic. I read it at least once every 2-3 yrs after that and it has never failed to make me laugh again and again. Though Apartheid is dead, the humor is still valid worldwide. Read it as satire or just for its humour. Either way, you'll love it. By the way, dont be put off that its British and thus a bit heavy in the reading department. Its not. Its a great read and you could easily finish reading it in one day unless, of course, you fall off your chair or bed and injure yourself laughing. Believe me, I'm not exaggerating.
It might be (and has been) said, with some justice, that this novel is one of Sharpe's crueler and more mean-spirited efforts. Well, at least Wilt is not plotting to murder his wife in this one! I'll grant that there's a hard, bitter edge to the book (especially in the treatment of the Satanic quadruplets), but nevertheless I thought it was very funny, and Sharpe's sense for the absurd is on target as usual. I burst out laughing at least half a dozen times while reading it. It's a rare book that can get any outburst from me other than, "What a pile of *!%@", so clearly I enjoyed it. I haven't read any of the other Wilt novels, and now I plan to get them all.
I've read "Porterhouse Blue", "Riotous Assembly", and "Blott on the Landscape" by Sharpe, and I give them all the thumbs up.
If you like wickedly black satire that isn't afraid to plunge into the gutter in its efforts to mock our gutter society, then you'll like this book.
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