The Woman Who Wouldn’t by Gene Wilder

28 05 2009

woman who wouldn't

I did a double take when I saw this spine.  GENE WILDER?  WILLY WONKA??  DR. FRANKENSTEIN???  It couldn’t be that Gene Wilder…could it?  Yes, it’s that Gene Wilder.  And this book, oh this book, is just what I would expect Gene Wilder to write.  The story of a concert violinst who goes the tiniest bit mad and is sent to recover at a health spa in the Alps where he meets a girl.  Not an incredibly complex book, but funny and sweet and beautiful with just enough melancholoy to leave your heart a little broken.  The book is barely a novella, and takes almost no time to read.  If you get the chance, do pick it up.  I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for his other novel, My French Whore, and in the meantime – enjoy my favorite Wilder scene, which is also one of my favorite movie scenes of all time.  This song haunts me…in a good way.

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