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East Ender
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IMHO Don't stoooooppppp theeee carniiiivaaalll (snore) is a truly dreadful book - I just don't understand why it is 'required' reading for this board. It is nothing like real life in the VI...oh well, each to their own.

Sally: Just yesterday, someone told me about seeing two tourists on a scooter crash because a safari stopped suddenly in the middle of the street. I said, "What? Didn't they read 'Don't Stop the Carnival'?" Some things do not change over the years...

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Topic starter Posted : January 12, 2012 10:19 pm
BeachcomberStt
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A friend is letting me borrow the book, "The Shack", by Wm. Paul Young.
(Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity)

I didn't start reading it yet, but it is a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

I just can't finish this book. It's not really to my liking. I put it down and haven't picked it back up.
Anyone else read it? And if so, what is your take on it?

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Posted : January 12, 2012 11:32 pm
shibuya
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i could not finish "don't stop the carnival". highly unusual that i could not finish a book. so dull[/quote

boo. i'll give it a go but have no patience for dull books. hopefully i feel differently.

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Posted : January 13, 2012 2:06 am
sallyf
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@East Ender You do have a point there - perhaps I should say that living in the VI is frequently like something out of fiction - except that for half the time, you couldn't make that stuff up!!!!
For me - the best of the VI is the habit of letting people out of sideroads - man, do I miss that when I am back stateside!

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Posted : January 13, 2012 2:35 am
jbatl
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Don't Stop The Carnival does drag a bit towards the end. It's definitely not a perfect literary work. But, it's still worth slogging through, if only so you can answer 'yes' when you're inevitably asked, 'Have you read Don't Stop The Carnival?'

Also, for those looking, it is avail on Amazon, but not for Kindle.

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Posted : January 13, 2012 12:44 pm
Bombi
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I read DStC every few years, it's like my Rocky Horror Picture Show. Then again I reread Mitchner's Caribbean and Hawaii too. and Kilgore Trout and Richard Brautigan, I guess I am easily amused.

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Posted : January 13, 2012 3:31 pm
Jamison
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since I'm new here, I just read home is where the boat is and life in the left lane. want to find don't stop the carnival, but can't find it. gonna hunt Csted for a bookstore today. reading backpacker now.

I just got it in the mail. You can have it after I finish it but it might be a month or so, finishing up other books.

well, thank you. I read Life in the Left lane and liked it a lot.

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Posted : January 13, 2012 3:43 pm
shibuya
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since I'm new here, I just read home is where the boat is and life in the left lane. want to find don't stop the carnival, but can't find it. gonna hunt Csted for a bookstore today. reading backpacker now.

I just got it in the mail. You can have it after I finish it but it might be a month or so, finishing up other books.

well, thank you. I read Life in the Left lane and liked it a lot.

no problem...I actually got "Life in the Left Lane" in my stocking from old Mr. Claus...I just finished it too and thought it was very informative. I had no idea that there were no fatalities in Hugo. That was an interesting tidbit. I'll PM ya when I finish the Carnival (or before I finish it if it's a snooze!)

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Posted : January 13, 2012 7:38 pm
speee1dy
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as for The Shack, i started it, put it down for a few months and then picked it back up again and i am really glad i did.

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Posted : January 13, 2012 9:30 pm
BeachcomberStt
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as for The Shack, i started it, put it down for a few months and then picked it back up again and i am really glad i did.

Spee1dy, why were you glad you finished reading "The Shack" ?
Just wondering because I can't seem to get interested in it, even though it was recommended by several people.

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Posted : January 14, 2012 12:57 am
Paula
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I LOVE Don't Stop the Carnival--- but then again it's set in the 50's and maybe it's dated to some.... I read it in 1970 when I was 16 and thought how true to island life some things in it were. Every time we've been down on St Croix in the past few years I've seen it in paperback at Plaza Extra east on St Croix. Put yourself in the time period it was written and give it a try! :@)

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Posted : January 14, 2012 3:23 am
speee1dy
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Beachomber, i am very glad i finished reading it. i thought it was a wonderful book. this book makes you think.

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Posted : January 14, 2012 10:48 am
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