Don't Stop the Carnival

Don't Stop the Carnival

by Herman Wouk
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Dont Stop the Carnival 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining read. Some of the situations are so outlandish and ridiculous, they are hilarious. Many times you just want to take the lead character and shake him. His dream is one that I think most of us have, I know that I do. That is how I was introduced to this book by my father. He was tired of hearing me talk about how I wanted to own a B & B in Key West. I really enjoyed this book. It was funny, touching and little sad. A combination that for me makes it unforgettable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is without a doubt the best book I have ever read. It is masterfully written, and the reader is elated at the triumphs, and is devastated in the defeats of the protagonist, Norman Paperman. It is a comedy of how everything can go wrong, yet still remain all right. A must-read for any literate person!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read Herman Wouk's 'Don't Stop the Carnival' in 1970. Having been a Caribbean sail bum between 1964 and 1982, I experienced first hand the carnival of the Caribbean, and although I never knew him, he and I shared space on the tiny island of St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the 1960's. When I read 'Don't Stop the Carnival', I realized it was more than fiction. It was, and indeed remains, reality . . . in the islands, the carnival never stops. As Jimmy Buffet sings in his song 'Changes in Latitudes', 'Through all of the islands and all of the highlands, if I couldn't laugh I would just go insane.' A must read for anyone intending to head south to paradise!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and did not really believe these scenarios could happen! Loved the book, I did not put it down! No one can have that many water problems, employee problems, beaurocratic problems, on top of all of the family problems Norman Paperman was facing back home. Then it happened. Having many family problems here, we decided to 'escape' to the Caribbean when an opportunity arose to work at a hotel in a small independant island. This was a new hotel, a big chain, and we thought that with the $ behind it, these problems would not exist! After 6 months water is STILL a major problem, employees get into the most amazing situations that affect how the hotel is running, government has really strange rules about how employees are hired and treated. When my husband tells me the strange and often sadistically funny things that happen, I find myself quoting this book constantly! As the author says, if you are thinking about owning or working in a hotel in the islands, you must read this book. Everything that happens in the book can and will happen! There is even a family name of Hyppolite, and everyone does carry around machetes on the island that we are on, and the family problems at home did not go away, we just don't have as much time to think about them! A very honest and truthful book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was captivating and exciting. You almost become one of the characters, you are there, in the Caribbean, living with events of the day. Once you start, you will want to keep going. But you never finish the book. At the last page, you have become part of the book, part of their lives.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
Ugg I really wanted to like this book.  It’s been out there recommended to me multiple times since I love stories about escaping it all and moving to the beach, but I couldn’t get over the writing style of Mr. Wouk’s writing style.  He’s so formal and rigid in his descriptions that it read more like a novel from 1665 than 1965.  The way everything is described I just felt it didn’t bring the surroundings and happenings to life like a great work of fiction (especially one set in the tropics) should. The story is interesting and amusing, but nothing so over the top that I really enjoyed wondering what would happen next.  Some parts are zaney and amusing and I could see them happening in real life, but many were quite predictable (there was a problem with the cistern last time they had a major earthquake, there is a minor earthquake but no damage, and you can guess that happens next).  Maybe it was built up to much by people but I just felt this book was a giant disappointment.
Lady2Soothe More than 1 year ago
I first read Don't Stop the Carnival May 7th 1970, and no sooner had I finished it I flipped to the first page and read it again. I have been reading this book every year since. 
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Truelly the best book I have ever read. I got it 5 or 6 years ago and make it a point to go back and read it at least once a year. I have NEVER found a book that draws me in like this one. Masterfully writen.