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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. (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 best-selling 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.

©1965, 1993, 1999 Herman Wouk (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Silly but Charming. Funny, Smart and Memorable.

Review Have you ever wanted to run away from life and begin again in the tropics? If you are anything like Norman Pepperman it is a bad idea! But I am so glad that he suffered from this particular midlife crisis and that Herman Wouk allowed me the pleasure of witnessing the antics that followed. If anything could go wrong ... it did. And poor Norman tried so hard to stay positive and upbeat. He tried so hard to make his new beach life work. This book made me laugh out loud when I was listening in bed next to my sleeping husband. Oops. Wouk is a master and this book proves it ... not because it is his best, because it isn't. I like The Winds of War, War and Remembrance and The Caine Mutiny all better. But this book is a complete departure from the above with absolutely no similarities to those more recognized titles. And yet it is still written with such beautifully and carefully chosen words that it is unmistakably his. And the differences in setting and style are so distinct that it emphasizes the greatness of his talent.

A strong 4 stars.

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Excellent book and narrator.

The author and writing needs no further recommendation, but I found this book to be lively, entertaining and funny.

The narration, voice and style, were a perfect match to the book.

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Still laughing three months later!

What a great story about life in the Caribbean! Even at almost 14 hrs, i wanted it to keep going. The tale is spun from NY to the island. Too fun.........

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Great Story

This is a great book which was very entertaining. It is a great tale of escape and love. Also a lesson to ask questions before buying a business to run outside of the U. S. I highly recommend this book!

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Perfect Execution of Wouk’s Classic

First, this is a book from the early 60s and must be understood as such. It is dated and hardly “woke” by modern standards.

Despite this, Don’t Stop the Carnival is a hilarious romp by Wouk, a wonderful window into a certain post-war mindset, and perfectly executed by this narrator. Wouk’s descriptions are deft and memorable. Some readers will take offense, however, and rightly so.

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Elite Marxist buys hotel

Elite Marxist buys hotel. Elite Marxist buys hotel. Elite Marxist buys hotel. Again, an elite Marxist buys hotel

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If you are familiar with the USVI, you get it.

although it is a fictional name the island of Amerigo if you've been to any of the US Virgin Islands you will totally understand and be able to relate to the culture. it doesn't take long to figure out that Norman did not have any background knowledge before opening the hotel.

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Wouk was a master of human relationships.

An easy listen that follows the misadventures of New Yorker, Norman Paperman, who tries to follow his dream and run a Caribbean resort. Caos and a cast of crazy characters keep the story moving along. A good book from a great author.

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Good until the end.

It was a good book with lots of twists and turns in the plot. The end was totally anticlimactic. Like stepping off a cliff.

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It’s very good and worth your time if you have it, it’s just long and can be annoying on how long it is but it’s a good story and the performance is nice

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