Thursday, May 20, 2010

Favorite Book Cover of the Week - Don't Stop the Carnival by Herman Wouk


I love Don't Stop the Carnival. If you haven't read it yet, you must add this to your summer reading list. If you live in Philly, I can loan it to you! This is the description from Amazon:
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 bestselling 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.
I love the simplicity of this cover with its bright colors, block type, and silhouette of a dancing man. The design hints at the story but also gives a sense that there is much more than a tall tale behind the cover.

1 comment:

  1. This is one my favorite books. It's a fantastic beach read because of the subject matter and the tremendous range of Caribbean characters. But Herman Wouk is also one of literature's most precise creators of psychologically real characters (see Caine Mutiny). It's a great mix of writing and fun, and it's the perfect time of year for it. Jimmy Buffett also turned it into a musical.

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