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Don't Stop the Carnival By Herman Wouk Don t Stop the Carnival It s every parrothead s dream to leave behind the rat race of the workaday world and start life all over again amidst the cool breezes sun drenched colors and rum laced drinks of a tropical paradise

  • Title: Don't Stop the Carnival
  • Author: Herman Wouk
  • ISBN: 9780316955126
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Paperback
  • Don't Stop the Carnival By Herman Wouk It s every parrothead s dream to leave behind the rat race of the workaday world and start life all over again amidst the cool breezes, sun drenched colors, and rum laced drinks of a tropical paradise.It s the story of Norman Paperman, a New York City press agent who, facing the onset of middle age, runs away to a Caribbean island to reinvent himself as a hotel keeper HIt s every parrothead s dream to leave behind the rat race of the workaday world and start life all over again amidst the cool breezes, sun drenched colors, and rum laced drinks of a tropical paradise.It s the story of Norman Paperman, a New York City press agent who, facing the onset of middle age, runs away to a Caribbean island to reinvent himself as a hotel keeper Hilarity and disaster of a sort peculiar to the tropics ensue It s the novel in which the Pulitzer Prize winning author of such acclaimed and bestselling novels as The Caine Mutiny and War and Remembrance draws on his own experience Wouk and his family lived for seven years on an island in the sun to tell a story at once brilliantly comic and deeply moving.
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    1. Linda on said:

      I brought this 1960s era novel along to read on our recent vacation, and it ended up being a really good choice In it, native New Yorker Norman Paperman chucks his stressful show biz theatre life in the city to buy a run down hotel on a small Caribbean island, and what ensues the constant hotel disasters, the quirky new friends he meets, his na vet about island politics and work ethics, etc makes for really funny and entertaining reading It was so easy to imagine the hilarious missteps and misun [...]

    2. TheTick on said:

      I read this a few years ago, after listing to Jimmy Buffett s concert CD of the play he made out of it A fun cautionary tale about a middle aged Broadway PR guy who has a mild heart attack and buys a hotel on a fictional Caribbean island Very quickly Norman runs afoul of the trials and tribulations of building ownership in the tropics, such as a wonky water cistern, crazy employees, and his financial backer who managed to get one of those crazy employees mad enough to hunt him down with a machet [...]

    3. Tami on said:

      The great comic drama if it could go wrong, it did Sometimes I found myself covering my eyes makes it hard to read knowing already what was going to befall poor Norman Paperman As I read, some little gnome in the back of my mind kept poking me, asking and you think you want to run away to the tropics and never come back See what happens Well, yes, I still do and the gnome can just shut UP already a fun look back at New York society of years gone by, and of island life that is probably just about [...]

    4. Kaethe on said:

      I m going to finish this, but out of grim determination than anything else There are so many isms that seem to come so naturally to the period I don t know why they shock me so It isn t as if I never read older works I think one of the things I find most distressing is his casual assumption that it s perfectly okay for men to have affairs, but not women He divides his characters along strict moral and gender lines, and it never occurs to him to do differently There are good women and bad women [...]

    5. Jeremy Proctor on said:

      This is a hateful, toxic book Reading it felt like being beaten up I cannot compass how it has earned so many positive reviews I would rate it at less than zero if this site permitted negative numbers of stars The main characters are so dissolute and debauched that it is impossible to care about them Worse, the author has an egregious habit of type ing every character, no matter how fleeting, in a most debasing manner Negro, Jew, gentile, whore, Turk and just about every homophobic deprecation h [...]

    6. Bob Arbogast on said:

      Wow Norman Paperman had a gigantic, mind numbing, mid life crisis and I m glad I was allowed to witness it This book had me howling with laughter throughout, but being a story populated with very real people, there were consequences and casualties The end of the book was painful Painful, because of what happens to the characters, but also because the story had ended and I wouldn t get to spend time all the people I had met.The change in tone toward the end of the book, was initially surprising, [...]

    7. Rebecca on said:

      I adore this book I read it when I was probably 13 and found an old hard back copy in one of my parents stacks of books Neither of them knew where it came from or had read it I thought that was so odd but adored reading it and have gone back to it many times since I own very few books though I am a voracious reader If it isn t a book I really love and see reading multiple times it isn t worth it for me to have it on a shelf This book makes me giggle and smile with it s eccentric characters and h [...]

    8. conrad on said:

      I was standing in the office of a tire shop in my small, East Texas hometown The air conditioner was ineffectually humming, failing to contest the heat coming through two doors open to the stale baked air outside A small man was hunched over a small desk, fingers pecking awkwardly at a keyboard, squinting into an undersized monitor There was a 2013 calendar on the wall I can t tell you how I would have felt witnessing this scene before reading Don t Stop the Carnival but I can tell you that I ha [...]

    9. Jennyb on said:

      Here s the problem you can t write 380 pages of comedic farce, then abruptly switch to tragedy for the last 20 pages You re humming along contentedly with this colorful Caribbean pageant, and all the sudden, it s rather like being kicked in the gut Too bad about the ending, because I mostly enjoyed the book up to that point, except for the abundant racism and homophobia.

    10. Fiona on said:

      Hilarious I laughed out loud.This book was recommended to me because some of the antics that happened on the island of Amerigo happens on Caye Caulker Maybe if I ran a business here on the caye, I would agree whole heartedly with that thought Here s one example on Amerigo, Columbus Day is January 2nd because Columbus stopped on Amerigo on that day to get water so it s the holiday on January 2nd I laughed because Mother s Day in the US this year was May 11 In Belize it s May 10 and in Nicaragua i [...]

    11. J.M. on said:

      I picked this up on the clearance shelf, probably for no other reason than the cover attracted my attention I had no clue Jimmy Buffet had helped the author write a musical based on this book.The blurb calls the book a non stop, rip roaring comedy I admit the story is non stop, but it wasn t exactly laugh out loud funny I found it humorous and enjoyed the writing, but it wasn t the funniest thing I ve ever read.Also, I was a little put out by the narrator s prejudices against both blacks and gay [...]

    12. Andrea on said:

      I picked this up because Jimmy Buffett wrote a musical based on the book, and that intrigued me The main character, Norman Paperman, is a New Yorker who falls in love with the Caribbean, decides to chuck it all and buy a hotel on a small island called Amerigo Hilarity and tragedy ensues as he tries to adjust to the peculiar, laid back lifestyle of the islands Problems surface that would be unimaginable on the mainland Like running out of water I m grateful for the map of the imaginary Amerigo th [...]

    13. Jeanna on said:

      I read this book recently when I was staying on Useppa Island This book was recommended to me several times while I was living in St Thomas but I never got around to it I found the book to be pretty amusing This story takes place in the 1950 s on a made up island in the West Indies called Amerigo St Thomas I m not sure if I would have enjoyed the book as much if I hadn t lived in the carribean The authors description of the West Indians was very similar to what had witnessed while living there, [...]

    14. Erin on said:

      To be fair, I know that this book is a product of its time But the overwhelming racism, misogyny, and homophobia is still revolting I m amazed that modern readers continue to rate this book so highly I was so excited to read this because of my personal history with St Croix, but I wound up abandoning the book halfway through in disgust after Wouk tried to portray an attempted sexual assault through a humorous lens I d give this negative stars if I could.

    15. Ruben on said:

      yeah, doesn t rate a 4th star but it s a quick easy read guy gets bored with his life, guy does the mid life crisis thing and buys a hotel on an island, hotel needs severe renovation, becomes local hero and sleeps with an alcoholic actress Meh, little self serving but who isn t I just might do the same in Ol Mejico.

    16. Shirley on said:

      I wanted to like this book A guy Paperman gets up, walks out, and moves to an island Paperman escapes the rat race we call life and takes over a hotel Problems pop up like foreign investments I couldn t get past page 185 It reads so formal, and being the 50 s, I guess that and the misogyny was normal I guess One of few books I just gave up on.

    17. Julie on said:

      Not my favorite Wouk, but still a good read Really liked a commentary by the protagonist about children That being that from when your kids are born to age 5 is the greatest form of love that he has ever known It was a powerful page for me at this stage in my life

    18. Terri on said:

      Fun, bittersweet PTSD from my years in the hotel restaurant business

    19. Joaquin Garza on said:

      El carnaval es tan dulce Por favor no detengan el carnaval Por favor No detengan el carnaval

    20. Nancy on said:

      Middle aged New York Jew buys hotel on Caribbean Island He has a lot to learn Whatever.

    21. M. A. on said:

      I agree with other readers that the mid 20th century America race class sex ism of the novel can be distracting disheartening off putting, and the stereotypes it plays on dated but come on Don t Stop the Carnival has such a big, bad, midlife heart If you ve ever been on island time you ll recognize it, the beauty of the odd encounter, the crazy juju, the cacophony, the mercurial, sweet scented air I haven t read anything else by Wouk, but I know not to expect a sequel or prequel to Carnival He w [...]

    22. Mike on said:

      I just read The Keep and the beginning reminded me of the funniest book I ve ever read, Don t Stop the Carnival So, in the interest of science, I thought I d reread Wouk s book 40 or 50 years later So, how did it come out I still thought it was a fun book, an easy read, and it didn t seem as dated as some of the Goodread reviews made it seem, but I didn t think it was as funny as I remember either I laughed out loud at times, but not often, of a lot of chuckling book Could it be at my age I don [...]

    23. Penny Goetjen on said:

      I started this book three times, determined to read it because I love reading about the Caribbean Even though it supposedly takes place on a fictitious island, I imagined he was writing about St Thomas, USVI At times I found myself getting bogged down with too many details, but overall I enjoyed the story.

    24. Anthony Murphy on said:

      This was a pretty terrible book The premise was interesting enough, but the book was extremely racist, homophobic and misogynistic and that wasn t the point of the book The ending was one of the largest letdowns in any book I have ever read and nothing redeeming came out of the entire book I have no clue why people like this book so much.

    25. Michael on said:

      Reading this book in the Bahamas, right next to a resort of the kind described in the book, made for quite an experience The feelings of utter, absurd horror described in the book were thankfully not visited upon me, but I get the sense that some of this must have been biographical Hilarious.

    26. CQM on said:

      A vague rambling book that never seemed to know what it s own point was The supposed comedy wasn t funny and when we finally got round to the drama and tragedy it was rushed and seemingly sellotaped on to the end as an afterthought.

    27. Charles McCaffrey on said:

      An alternately entertaining and sad story about escaping middle age in the Caribbean A fictional account of life on St Thomas, USVI.

    28. Kimberley on said:

      Interesting to read about the island life you are on while there

    29. Angelika Schwarz on said:

      Finally What a brilliant author It s been a loooong time since I ve read such an entertaining novel I plan to read all his books So glad I got this in print It belongs in every bookcase.

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