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by Tom Sharpe

  • ISBN: 039472609X
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Tom Sharpe
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (October 12, 1984)
  • Pages: 252
  • ePub book: 1213 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1701 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 207

Description

The Wilt Inheritance. Sales were larger, the percentage from authors’ royalties greater, and the incentives offered by Book Clubs enormous

The Wilt Inheritance. 1. When anyone asked Frensic why he took snuff he replied that it was because by rights he should have lived in the eighteenth century. Sales were larger, the percentage from authors’ royalties greater, and the incentives offered by Book Clubs enormous. Appropriately for one who was to expand their business in this direction, Sonia Futtle had already expanded personally in most others and was of distinctly unmarriageable proportions.

He’s bound to read the book sometime. If we’re going to sell to a US publisher we need someone bigger than Corkadales over here first

He’s bound to read the book sometime. ‘Yes, but I want him signed up for the tour first and with some of Hutchmeyer’s money in his pocket. He won’t find it so easy to back out then. If we’re going to sell to a US publisher we need someone bigger than Corkadales over here first. Someone with get-up-and-go who’s going to promote the book in a big wa. ‘My feelings exactly,’ said Frensic. Corkadales have the prestige but they could kill it stone dead.

Great books didn’t bother with trees. They were about people, what people felt about people and what they thought about them. Insight was what really mattered and trees didn’t contribute to insight. Piper didn’t even bother to inquire how Baby had disposed of it. He had more important things on his mind. What, for instance, would happen if Frensic produced the real original manuscript of Pause and admitted that he had sent Piper to America as the substitute author? ‘Two million dollars,’ said Baby succinctly when he put the possibility to her. ‘I don’t see what they have to do with it,’ said Piper.

The Great Pursuit is a 1977 comic novel by Tom Sharpe. It is a satire encompassing commercialism in publishing and literary criticism. The story is a farce about greed in the publishing world, and the struggle between literature as a high art and the commercial imperative to reduce it to its lowest common denominator. The action takes place in London, New York City, the Deep South and the Maine coast.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. A totally filthy novel to put the literary world in spasms - but sure to make a shameful pile of money in America.

'What about Pause O Men for the Virgin?' said Frensic. Now there's a book that is going to take America by storm. Absolutely,' said Sonia. Or would have done if the author could go to promote i.

The Great Pursuit book. As I've mentioned elsewhere, I'm currently re-reading all the early Tom Sharpe books. This one has always been one of my favourites

The Great Pursuit book. This one has always been one of my favourites. The plot has been described elsewhere so I won't re-hash the details here.

Tom Sharpe was born in 1928 and educated at Lancing College and Pembroke College, Cambridge. He did his national service in the Marines before moving to South Africa in 1951, where he did social work before teaching in Natal

Tom Sharpe was born in 1928 and educated at Lancing College and Pembroke College, Cambridge. He did his national service in the Marines before moving to South Africa in 1951, where he did social work before teaching in Natal. He had a photographic studio in Pietermaritzburg from 1957 until 1961, and from 1963 to 1972 he was a lecturer in History at the Cambridge College of Arts and Technology. He is the author of sixteen bestselling novels, including Porterhouse Blue and Blott on the Landscape, which were serialised on television, and Wilt, which was made into a film.

The book turns out to deal with the love affair between an 80- year old woman and a 17-year old youth. Sonia and Frensic decide to use aspiring but unpublished author Peter Piper to stand in for the anonymous author.

A totally filthy novel to put the literary world in spasms - but sure to make a shameful pile of money in America. Frensic, a literary agent with a 'nose for a bestseller' (as well as port and snuff), places this hot property with Hutchmeyer - who is the least respected publisher in the world. And a gullible author is despatched across the Atlantic for a chaotic publicity tour.

Comments

Simple Simple
I gave the WILT SERIES BY TOM SHARPE to my husband. I have never heard him laugh so hard or so loudly before in all our 50 years of marriage. Sometimes he was laughing so hard he had tears in his eyes. He says that Tom Sharpe is the funniest writer he has ever read.
Anicasalar Anicasalar
Not one of Tom Sharpe's best books. The ending in particular is poor. While it is funny it does not have the belly laughs of "Wilt" or "Riotous Assembly. Enjoyable but nothing special.
Priotian Priotian
This is a must read.
Ienekan Ienekan
Tom Sharpe as funny as ever!
Duzshura Duzshura
Great storyline......spoof of the publishing business.
I was totally absorbed and found myself laughing out loud with this romp.
Characters are really believable.
kinder kinder
Grotesque story about publishing world and some social circles. Very funny. Recommended for people with developed sense of humor or without it
Sharpmane Sharpmane
It was great!, I recommend this book to Amy now with a sense of humor, and who like witty tales.
Tom Sharpe's one of the great British comic novelists of the last fifty years, if not the best. I've read his books, seen TV versions, and always with the same result. Raucous, bawdy, and, at times, bitingly satirical tales. This is another of the same.

I'm reviewing the UK 1977 Pan Books edition.

The novel falls short in the hastily fabricated ending, and I see I'm not alone to think so. Was Sharpe's own Great Pursuit to finish in a predetermined number of words? The story rushes to an end through the last couple of chapters.

I think Brits would appreciate the humor more than anyone else, because it fits a comic tradition that's British more than it is American. Nobody I know hereabouts has read any of his novels. Their loss.

It was a minor niggle, and odd, that Sharpe's research for the US scenes was lacking, with things such as misspelled place names (e.g. Ashville, NC) and huge errors in distance between Bangor and Tuscaloosa (2000 miles?). Maybe I'm being picky, but for me the little mistakes take away from the enjoyment. I haven't noticed those kinds of things in the other novels I've read, such as Porterhouse Blue, the Wilts, Blott, etc.

But it's still a damn good read. I've re-read it a few times, and will do again. I'd recommend it, but not for a first Sharpe experience. Try Blott or Wilt first.

Four stars instead of five, due only to the rushed ending and the niggles.