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Book Reviews: Through The Looking Glass + The Wilt Alternative + 3 others

Through The Looking Glass And What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll
The annoying child Alice goes through a looking glass to have facetious adventures. One has to be monumentally patient to get through this tale of Alice doing things for no good reason at all. This was randomly mundane and full of bad life choices and no colourful excess just Alice and her virtue signalling.

Best Lines:
“But it may rain outside?”
“It may - if it chooses,”

“Because he was looking for a hippopotamus. Now as it happened there wasn’t such a thing in the house, that morning.”
“Is there generally?”

“A little kindness - and putting her hair in papers - would do wonders with her -”

The Wilt Alternative by Tom Sharpe
This 1979 novel is the 2nd of 5 books about Henry Wilt, a man not fond of his job, his wife, his children or life. He lusts after the lodger and her contemptuous hauteur until she turns out to be a criminal who sparks a siege in his mcmansion. This was a very good comic read even if the 1970s sexism and Wilt’s loathing of his family can be jaw dropping. One wonders why social services are not involved with the Wilt family especially in light of the events of the 1st novel, the Wilts turbulent marriage and the Wilt’s quadruplets debilitating fights and precious language. Sharpe may be funny, but 4 year olds do not talk like that.

Wilt is a deliriously unreconstructed oaf who faces many narrative rebukes yet has social invulnerability and is unassailable for his indiscreet self-amusements. Eva Wilt faces the insufferable pressure of the alternative life and this novel is full of 70s social questions/tropes. The lodger has a total commitment to being an awful person. Authority figures make indignant remonstrances. And this is a hilarious tale of self-sufficiency, oddly prescient political ranting and comically inept criminals.

Best Lines:
“The perversity of circumstances which rendered him incapable of being believed.”

“An accident in the family process.”

“She could hear Wilt muttering to himself most alarmingly.”

“He would never understand what those two diabolical people saw in one another.”

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
A haunting children’s novella.

Mistral’s Daughter by Judith Krantz
This 1982 novel is about artists’ models in their wild heyday, artists, World War 2, secrets and models. This is a no and does not satisfy the soul.

Princess Daisy by Judith Krantz
This 1980 novel tells the tale of a stoic and graceful princess, her brain damaged sister, incest, poverty, art and padding. This was made into a bad miniseries with Ringo Starr. This does not create global joy.
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