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  • Taschenbuch: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Orion Publishing Co (1. September 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0753823152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753823156
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,8 x 2,2 x 19,7 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 112.516 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"Wilberforce...is good fictional company and the narrative voice Torday gives him...provides an astringently comic note" SUNDAY TIMES "This compulsive study of addiction proves Torday's mastery of the dark, as well as the light, realms of fiction" TIMES "a human story of real poignancy" SUNDAY TELEGRAPH "Torday, as he demonstrated in his debut novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, is an extravagantly gifted writer" MAIL ON SUNDAY "it becomes darker and more poignant with each eagerly turned page" BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH "Unusual and intriguing, this 'Novel in Four Vintages' is a story of passion and addiction, identity and the desire to belong" GOOD BOOK GUIDE

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Late one summer evening, Wilberforce - rich, young, and work-obsessed - makes a detour on his way home to the vast undercroft of Caerlyon Hall, and the domain of Francis Black, a place where wine, hospitality and affection flow freely. Through Francis, Wilberforce is initiated into a life rich in the promise of friendship and adventure, where, through his new set of friends, the possibility of finding acceptance, and even falling in love, seems finally to be within his reach. Wilberforce becomes a willing pupil to Francis, and in the cellars of Caerlyon he nurtures a new-found passion for wine. But even the finest wine can leave a bitter aftertaste, and Wilberforce will learn the undercroft's unpalatable secrets, and that passion comes at a price ...

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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Oliver Panzer am 13. April 2009
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Having enjoyed "salmon fishing in the Jemen" much, I was looking forward to read Torday's second novel. I did not expect such a heart-rending masterpiece.

This is the tragedy of Wilberforce.
Wilberforce is a broken man whose life is without love, but not without self-reflection and self-pity ("Everybody who ought to love me abandoned me"). His days are governed by work totally, his personality twisted to pathologic proportions, including his in-ability to connect to other people just for the joy of it.

By chance he meets people whose lifestyle is the very antagonist of his own, they befriend him and let him get a glimpse of a life that he can only understand as a -hitherto secret- paradisical garden. Wilberforce experiences friendship, finds and wins love, and experiences that he can mean something to others.

Wilberforce, having no filters, no means to balance these new experiences is broken by them, eventually; he looses everything, including his love and himself.

The story alone - in the style and words of Torday- would make a very good novel if told in linear fashion. What makes the novel so masterful is that Torday arranges the story in anti-sequential, well-constructed building blocks. Starting pretty much at the end (of Wilberforce) and ending at maybe the first day of heartfelt joy in Wilberforce's life, reading the story is like a slow and careful journey through the Nautilus-chambers of Wilberforce's inner being.

Torday sends the reader on an emotional rollercoaster-ride: one will see the protagonist as a lovable excentric, as a wretched man who allows his weaknesses to take away everything which is meaningful in his life, as truly innocent, vulnerable, and lastly as for what he is, simply: a tragic figure.
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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Corinna Witt am 21. Juni 2009
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I'd really recommend this book. It's written in an interesting reversely chronological way and as with Salmon Fishing in the Yemen everything falls into place in the end. Not quite as jolly as Salmon Fishing but very entertaining indeed.
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Ein sehr überzeugender Roman mit stets durchgehaltenem, gutem Momentum, wenn man bedenkt, dass es in großen Teilen nur um einen unsympathischen, blassen Alkoholiker und Computerfex geht und wenig passiert. Es fiel mir schwer, die Lektüre zu unterbrechen.

Reizvoll, wie der Ich-Erzähler seine Weinsucht ummäntelt, negiert, mit immer neuen Erklärungen und Ausflüchten; ganz lässig - literarisch sehr nonchalant - leert er Glas um Glas, Flasche um Flasche, und das schon vor dem Abendessen. Toll geschrieben. Auch andere Personen schildert Torday sehr markant und mit treffendem Tonfall, vor allem den versnobten englischen Landadel, der sich auf seinen Anwesen amüsiert, gepflegtes Parlando und britisches Understatement zelebriert. Das endlose, monotone Weingut-Namedropping entnahm Torday bei den Wein-Monographien Robert Parkers; doch es geht nicht nur um Rebensaft und um Sucht, sondern auch um Selbsttäuschung und um englische Gesellschaftsschichten (darum passt Bordeaux als Titel der deutschen und US-Ausgabe weit weniger als der britische Titel The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce). Das Leben des Start-up-Unternehmers in jungen Jahren und Wilberforce' angebliches Talent für Zahlen erscheinen im Roman weniger konturiert.

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OWNING 100,000 BOTTLES OF RED WINE IS THAT AN ASSET OR A PROBLEM????? 25. November 2010
Von Barbara Lane - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Wilberforce enters a wine cellar looking to buy wine and meets the owner Francis Black and two friends sitting drinking. He is invited to join them in having a glass. Over the next few weeks he becomes very good friends with all of them and starts mixing in the social circles.

Francis Black owns 100,000 bottle of red wine and when he finds he is dying he offers Wilberforce all the wine for 1 pound on the condition he buys the building above the cellar "the undercroft" only for the amount of the mortgage owing. Francis has noone to leave it to and during their short friendship he has taught Wilberforce all about how to taste wine.

Wilberforce angonises over the purchase, as he would have to sell his successful business to be able to do it. But he then could do consulting from home.

The story is told backwards. From the stage where Wilberforce drinks 5 to 6 bottles of high quality wine a day, refuses to sell any of the wine off to pay some of his huge debts. His obsession to keep the wine and tasting (note the word tasting not drinking) becomes more important than his marriage and everything else. I listened to this on audio. Every now and then you can hear the gurgle of the wine being poured into a glass. The telling of it in sections working backwards in time was an interesting way of story telling and I felt it didn't detract the story at all.

I really enjoyed the story, it was a little sad at times but overall I highly recommend it. A story with a totally different angle. I will be reading more of his works.
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The Vintages get better 1. November 2010
Von Kiwifunlad - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Subtitled A Novel in Four Vintages, I was greatly relieved that after the first vintage, 2006, the next part was 2004 for I could foresee little joy in reading about Wilberforce beyond 2006. I remember being similarly relieved reading Sarah Waters' "The Night Watch". The telling of the story going progressively back in time worked for me although Wilberforce never really became a character of whom there was much to admire. Torday writes well and weaves a credible story about a person's obsession with wine. I am not sure that this book would ever be recommended in an AA meeting, unless shock therapy was intended! I prefered "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" as "Wilberforce" was a bleak, lonely and depressing character. Nevertheless, the writing made an otherwise unappealing journey into a book which lasted long after consumption as a classic Bordeaux claret should. There was depth and subtlety in what was written and also the painstakingly slow unfolding of Wilberforce's background with the delightful innuendo of Wilberforce's first name and its implications. There might be some readers who, like me, think of giving up after the first vintage but that would be a shame as this is a worthy read.
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"Have you ever had that absolute sense of conviction that, after all, life is going to turn out really well for you?" 22. Dezember 2008
Von K. M. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Have you seen the film Memento? The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce: A Novel in Four Vintages doesn't revolve around someone afflicted with short-term memory loss, but it does employ a reverse storytelling technique and isn't jolly. Life sucked for Leonard in the movie; and despite his cheeriness about feeling life will turn out well, Wilberforce, the novel's off-kilter narrator, displays the depths of his own "loserness" upfront in act or "vintage" number one.

Paul Torday's second novel -- his first was, of course, the charmingly quirky Salmon Fishing in the Yemen -- kicks off in 2006 and works back, in four "vintages," to 2002. Basically, Wilberforce (in normal chronology) degenerates from a socially challenged workaholic software company owner who avoids alcohol to a man drinking himself to death on multiple bottles of select but questionable vintage a day. He accomplishes this in those few years by finding his way to Francis Black's not exactly prospering wine shop, Caerlyon Hall, one evening after work. Gradually he becomes a regular there and even acquires a few other friends, including a woman, Catherine, he gradually desires to marry, and a man who stands in his way. Under Francis' tutelage, Wilberforce becomes a wine connoisseur of sorts, and then Francis, an older man in poor health, prevails upon Wilberforce to take on responsibility for his considerable, debt-ridden wine cellar when the time comes. Why would Wilberforce take on such a life-altering commitment? Therein lies the crux of the matter....

Torday scored winningly with his satire, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Alfred, luckless sod he was in many ways, grew in awareness and love during his incredible adventure. Wilberforce, however, is no Alfred. He -- and I give nothing away that isn't made plain in the first section of the book -- is a doomed man. The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce: A Novel in Four Vintages deals with themes of inevitability: Is our genetic inheritance insurmountable? Are we but the puppets of fate? Both Alfred and Wilberforce are diffident, socially handicapped men, but Torday doesn't stuff Alfred into a funnel that leads only to the refuse pile; Wilberforce he does.

Reading The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce: A Novel in Four Vintages could appear a thankless endeavor at times: why bother with a story being told so that each revelation unfolds before its underpinnings? But, as in the acclaimed Memento, Torday's exercise in backward story structure pays off. His character study feeds the curiosity about how and why Wilberforce reaches each stage of his undoing. Torday, in effect, puts the rind peels back on the orange, until on the last page Wilberforce is a man who can say in optimistic sincerity that he thinks life will turn out well for him.

Still, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen was the more enjoyable book of the two. Torday's third novel, The Girl on the Landing, is expected in early 2009. I await it with cautious eagerness, hoping for continued ingeniousness and less morbidity than displayed in The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce: A Novel in Four Vintages.
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One of my favorite books of all time 12. Dezember 2012
Von Grrr - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I tend to get addicted to certain authors and read all their books. This book was the one that got me addicted to Paul Torday. HIs writing formulas vary greatly from book to book, which for me make them very interesting to read just from a literary perspective. This book for example is told in a reverse, non-linear fashion. It could be considered a tragedy, but events in which things are told change the crescendo of the story so it reads like a triumph.

I wish Torday's works were more popular in the US. Search his name on Amazon.co.uk and you'll see five times as many books appear. I recommend reading this first and then Salmon Fishing to the Yemen. I think if you do, you'll get hooked like me.
a brilliant offering 21. Dezember 2013
Von Cloggie Downunder - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce is the second novel by British author, Paul Torday. When Torday introduces his narrator, Wilberforce, it is 2006 and he is an enthusiastic wine drinker who owns an estate called Caerlyon Hall, the subterranean undercroft full of wine located under the Hall, and a flat in Half Moon Street, Mayfair. It soon becomes apparent, however, that Wilberforce is a virtually penniless alcoholic, a delusional widower who has alienated all his friends, squandered a fortune and is at death’s door. How Wilberforce has managed to progress to this state from being a teetotal computer nerd who owned a multi-million pound software company is gradually revealed, but in reverse, in four parts: 2006, 2004, 2003 and 2002. Torday emphasises significant incidents (and his narrator’s perception of them) with repetition of certain phrases and the retelling (with subtle differences) of certain events in each of the four parts. While it may be a dark and tragic tale, Torday manages to inject plenty of humour, and readers may well find themselves laughing out loud, at least in 2006. Torday’s characters are well developed and often familiar: the socially inept computer programmer; the hedonistic heir to the title; the well-meaning doctor; the asset-rich, cash-poor gentry; the diplomatically fawning bank manager. Eck Chetwode-Talbot’s name may ring a bell for readers of Salmon Fishing and both Eck and Ed Simmonds reappear in later Torday books, something that will appeal to fans. Although the outcome is evident from the beginning, it is a measure of Torday’s literary talent that the reader is still eager to discover the who, how and why of it. At the same time, the reader is left a mystery to speculate upon (is Wilberforce’s father among the characters?) Torday’s portrayal of an alcoholic’s behaviour and addictive personality (the denials, the rationalisations, the blame shifting, the physical and mental symptoms) is excellent and obviously well-researched. This is a brilliant offering by Torday and fans will be eager to read his next book, The Girl On The Landing.
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