Been to the Caribbean, or planning a holiday on one of the islands? Enter into the laid back life, beautiful beaches, gorgeous vegetation,down Carib beer and rum sundowners. Fantasise about living there permenently? You need to read this book: at one level it is a glorious romp through expatriate high life, at another it is a fun thriller for deckchair reading. However more than that it is a hugely affectionate tribute to the Islanders themselves and the challenges of everyday life and politics under the hot tropical sun. Oh, and you'll love the gardener! Enjoy.
Having spent many lovely holidays in the West Indies, this book totally encapsulates the experience of a small West Indian island. It has the characters, attitudes, highs and lows of the region but most of all it has the fun and hilarity of everyday life. It had me laughing out loud almost every page but within that was a proper story - a cracking read!
A book with a comfortable fast pace and very funny throughout. An easy read and highly recommended to the traveller, present in just about us all. The Caribbean was merely on my list for a holiday, but now has moved to first place !!
I really enjoyed this book; many unsuspected twists and turns, but it also gives the real atmosphere of a small Carribean island, and also the description of the tropical storm; I have experienced one of these first hand !
I read Graham Lord's book because reviews I read had compared it to "Don't Stop the Carnival" by Herman Wouk - one of the great (in my opinion) modern social comedy novels.
It is fun - but it is nowhere near the level of comedy, with the subtlety and local knowledge, that Wouk achieved.
It is spoiled a little by the modern writer's need to include a sex scene, or at least a reference to a previous sex scene, in every chapter - and those sex scene's are of the Alan Titchmarsh standard! But if you want a bit of cheeky fun about Caribbean life buy this. If you want something a little deeper, subtler, and funnier, go back to "Don't Stop the Carnival", and read it again.
The perfect summer beach read. Vibrant characters, and a storyline that captures island living in all its chaotic hilarity, Mr. Lord takes a journalistic approach in capturing the Carribean expatriate life experience. Close your eyes and you can practically feel the heat of the sun of yur face, the breeze in your hair and the scent of the hibiscus on the wind. This is a book that will take you on a very satisfying journey to Innocent and leave you longing for your own island experience.
Those from the vanguard 50 years ago and later readers who have enjoyed Herman Wouk's "Don't Stop the Carnival" are in for a splendid follow up in this hillarious new tale of Cheating, Adventure and Mayhem in a modern, small Caribbean Island. Graham Lord has captured the Island Spice and laid back pace to a tee. His characters jump off the page with all their weight and intrigue or lurk menacingly in the shadows. It's a 'can't put down' read that will have you in stitches one minute and bring tears to your eyes the next. It's 'essential holiday reading' and a 'must' for those who already know or hope to get to know 'the islands'.