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Don't Stop the Carnival Kinja/VI

 
BeachPhilosopher
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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?

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Topic starter Posted : March 15, 2009 3:48 am
dntw8up
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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.

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Posted : March 15, 2009 4:20 am
speee1dy
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i read about 3-4 books a week. i tried to read that book and was so bored i could not finish it. that has only happened with one other book.

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Posted : March 15, 2009 10:55 am
Juanita
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speee1dy,
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.

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Posted : March 15, 2009 4:55 pm
speee1dy
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ive been here 4 1/2 years. i can read almost anything but it was just sooooo boring.

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Posted : March 15, 2009 5:21 pm
Linda J
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So many people love this book, Ric did. But I'm with speed1dy, this was one boring book. And I found I didn't care at all about the main character -- to me he was an annoying little dweeb. I got as far as the water delivery and just stopped.

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Posted : March 15, 2009 8:03 pm
East Ender
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BeachPhilosopher: If you talk to the people who lived on St Thomas at the time Mr Wouk was here, they all have stories about the real characters he fictionalized.

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Posted : March 15, 2009 9:41 pm
speee1dy
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linda i think i stopped where you did.

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Posted : March 16, 2009 11:05 am
NormanPaperman
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Linda and Speee1dy, I think we need to chat over some 11ses.

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Posted : March 16, 2009 11:23 am
Bombi
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I re-read it every couple of years. I guess I'm easily entertained. But then again I also re-read Mitchner's " Caribbean.

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Posted : March 16, 2009 11:49 am
Molly
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I must be the minority, but I liked the book.

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Posted : March 16, 2009 11:53 am
speee1dy
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molly
all the people i talk to like the book too. i think linda and i are in the minority

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Posted : March 16, 2009 3:31 pm
Jules
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I dutifully read it and like Speedy and Linda, found it boring, although I did get a few chuckles from some parts. Paperman was not an easy guy to like.

Now, if Carl Hiaasen had written it... can you imagine !!! THAT would be a great book.

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Posted : March 16, 2009 3:36 pm
Suzette
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I did NOT like the book either. I only finished it because it was what the book club was reading at the time.
I did not like Norman one bit. He was a cheating weasel.

I did LOL at a few things though - particularly the 'bottom of the cistern' conversation.

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Posted : March 16, 2009 4:39 pm
Ronnie
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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.

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Posted : March 16, 2009 7:51 pm
Exit Zero
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I am with Ronnie - I know it may have been a fictional amalgamation of places but the Royal Mail on Hassel Is. seems a close approximation of the real places at the time.

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Posted : March 16, 2009 9:16 pm
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