Don't Stop the Carnival Kinja/VI
Just for curiosity other than the obvious similarities does anyone know if there is a connection between the fictional Kinja from the Herman Wouk novel Don't Stop the Carnival (and Jimmy Buffett Musical of the same name) and the VI?
To the best of my knowledge, unlike Kinja there are no US Caribbean islands that were British. Wouk lived on St Thomas in the 1950s. The hotel in the book is believed by some to be inspired by St Croix's Hotel on the Cay, by others to be inspired by the defunct Water Isle Hotel & Beach Club.
How long have you lived here? Someone told me once they have their employees read if after they have been here for a year. I read it on the way down, and I enjoyed it. I think I should pick it up and read it again now, after 14 years. I would probably have a whole other perspective now. I seem to remember the second half was much better than the first.
In a write up about Bill Dowling, of Carib Beach fame, in St Thomas, it stated that Wouk ate there almost every night and listened to Dowling recant the activities of the day at that hotel. Location was something else. I figured he was using Hassel Island as a model for the hotel. The one on the Cay or Water Island would work as well.