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Don't Stop the Carnival: A Novel Paperback – May 15, 1992
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I've purchased many copies over the years to give as gifts and I've always been thanked profusely once the recipient has finished the book.
Fair warning though, the book was written in 1965 and if you can't read the words "negro" or "homo" without getting your panties in a wad then do not read this book.
It sort of is that--though it's like the "I built a house in" genre--almost everything that can go wrong does. At some point the reader stops feeling sorry for the protagonist and starts thinking him a fool. There is also a current of racism that runs through the book. I force-marched myself through the book rather than looking forward to reading it.
I haven't read any of Wouk's other works. At least some of them must be better. He wouldn't have the reputation he does otherwise.
Don't Stop the Carnival is the story of an American with a dream to leave the rat race and own a hotel in the islands. He makes the jump without really thinking it through and ends up with the property of his dreams before he realizes he hasn't the skills he needs to run the place or deep enough pockets to compensate.
Along the way he meets the characters quite common to all places but even more pronounced in small societies where people are dealing with human flaws in close contact.
Lots of meat here to explore. Good story. You'll enjoy it.
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It is very entertaining book and all the characters are brought to life.
A lovely bitter sweet story that you don't want to end.