Don't Stop the Carnival

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: 182
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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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    About "Herman Wouk"

    1. Herman Wouk

      Herman Wouk is a bestselling, Pulitzer Prize winning Jewish American author with a number of notable novels to his credit, including The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War, and War and Remembrance.Herman Wouk was born in New York City into a Jewish family that had emigrated from Russia After a childhood and adolescence in the Bronx and a high school diploma from Townsend Harris High School, he earned a B.A from Columbia University in 1934, where he was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity and studied under philosopher Irwin Edman Soon thereafter, he became a radio dramatist, working in David Freedman s Joke Factory and later with Fred Allen for five years and then, in 1941, for the United States government, writing radio spots to sell war bonds He lived a fairly secular lifestyle in his early 20s before deciding to return to a traditional Jewish way of life, modeled after that of his grandfather, in his mid 20s.Wouk joined the United States Navy and served in the Pacific Theater, an experience he later characterized as educational I learned about machinery, I learned how men behaved under pressure, and I learned about Americans Wouk served as an officer aboard two destroyer minesweepers DMS , the USS Zane and USS Southard, becoming executive officer of the latter He started writing a novel, Aurora Dawn, during off duty hours aboard ship Wouk sent a copy of the opening chapters to Irwin Edman who quoted a few pages verbatim to a New York editor The result was a publisher s contract sent to Wouk s ship, then off the coast of Okinawa The novel was published in 1947 and became a Book of the Month Club main selection His second novel, City Boy, proved to be a commercial disappointment at the time of its initial publication in 1948.While writing his next novel, Wouk read each chapter as it was completed to his wife, who remarked at one point that if they didn t like this one, he d better take up another line of work a line he would give to the character of the editor Jeannie Fry in his 1962 novel Youngblood Hawke The novel, The Caine Mutiny 1951 , went on to win the Pulitzer Prize A huge best seller, drawing from his wartime experiences aboard minesweepers during World War II, The Caine Mutiny was adapted by the author into a Broadway play called The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, and was later made into a film, with Humphrey Bogart portraying Lt Commander Philip Francis Queeg, captain of the fictional USS Caine Some Navy personnel complained at the time that Wouk had taken every twitch of every commanding officer in the Navy and put them all into one character, but Captain Queeg has endured as one of the great characters in American fiction.He married Betty Sarah Brown in 1945, with whom he had three sons Abraham, Nathanial, and Joseph He became a fulltime writer in 1946 to support his growing family His first born son, Abraham Isaac Wouk, died in a tragic accident as a child Wouk later dedicated War and Remembrance 1978 to him with the Biblical words, He will destroy death forever In 1998, Wouk received the Guardian of Zion Award.Wouk is still alive as of March 2014 and living in California.

    187 thoughts on “Don't Stop the Carnival”

    1. 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 naïveté about island politics and work ethics, etc. -- makes for really funny and entertaining reading. It was so easy to imagine the hilarious misste [...]

    2. 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 mach [...]

    3. 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 proba [...]

    4. I���m going to finish this, but more 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 differ [...]

    5. 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 depre [...]

    6. 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 more time all the people I had met.The change in tone toward the end of the book, was initially [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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 t [...]

    9. 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. 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 Nicar [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. 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 Ameri [...]

    13. 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 livin [...]

    14. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 Carniva [...]

    19. 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, more of a lot of chuckling book. Could it be at [...]

    20. 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.

    21. 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.

    22. 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.

    23. 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.

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

    25. 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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