Wild Abandon

Wild Abandon

A Novel

Book - 2011
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At a once vibrant communal-living property in the British countryside, back-to-basics fervor has given way to a vague discontent. A place that once buzzed with activity, from the polytunnels to the pottery shed, now functions with a skeleton crew. Founder Don Riley surveys his domain with the grim focus of someone who knows what's best for everyone--and isn't afraid to let them know. Especially when those people are related to him.

Don's wife, Freya, can't quite decide whether not liking someone anymore is enough reason to end a twenty-year marriage. So she decamps to a mud yurt in the woods to mull it over. Their seventeen-year-old daughter, Kate, enrolls in school for the first time in her life: the exotic new world of fellow teenagers and surprisingly tasty cafeteria food beckons, and she is quickly lured into the arms of a "meathead" classmate. In his sister's absence, eleven-year-old Albert falls under the spell of an outlandish new visitor to the community who fills his head with strange notions of the impending end of the world.

Faced with the task of rescuing his son from apocalyptic fantasies, his daughter from the clutches of suburbia, and his wife from her increasingly apparent desire to leave him, Don convinces himself that the only way to save the world he's created is . . . to throw the biggest party of his life. Will anyone show up?

From the acclaimed young author of Submarine, Wild Abandon is a strange and wonderful look at love--familial and romantic, returned and rebuffed--and the people and places we choose to call home.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781400066841
Call Number: F DUNTHORN
Characteristics: 319 p. ; 22 cm


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Jul 05, 2012

This is a sad effort of a book. What is even sadder is that I'll never get back the time I spent reading it. Set on a failing commune in South Wales, the founder, Don, attempts to get back the glory days of the community by hosting a massive rave aimed at recruiting new members. Meanwhile his original members are leaving left, right and centre. The characters are never fleshed out enough and the plot is as thin as poor mans gruel. Touted as a humourous book, I was hard pressed to find anything that made my lips twitch let alone form a smile. The ending will have you banging your head against the wall at the time you wasted reading this asinine drivel.

May 02, 2012

This is the story of a Welsh child who grew up on a commune. The book is positive about communes, but there is not much of a story.


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