Wild Abandon

Wild Abandon

Book - 2011
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"Kate and Albert, sister and brother, are not yet the last two human beings on earth, but Albert is hopeful. The secluded communal farm they grew up on is - after twenty years - disintegrating, taking their parents' marriage with it. They both try to escape: Kate, at seventeen, to a suburbia she knows only through fiction and Albert, at eleven, into preparations for the end of the world - which is coming, he is sure. And then there is Don: father of the family, leader and maker of elaborate speeches. Faced with the prospect of saving his community, his marriage, his son from apocalyptic visions and his daughter from impending men, he sets to work on reunifying the commune by bringing it into the modern age, through self-sufficiency, charisma and a rave with a 10k sound system."-- Publisher description.
Publisher: London : Hamish Hamilton, 2011
ISBN: 9780241144060
9781400066841
Branch Call Number: DUN
Characteristics: 240 p. ; 24 cm

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KatrinaP
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.

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uncommonreader
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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