Wild Abandon

Wild Abandon 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 pot

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 letAt 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 any 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 wonder

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  1. Joe Dunthorne was born and brought up in Swansea, and is a graduate of the University of East Anglia s Creative Writing MA, where he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize.His poetry has been published in magazines and anthologies and has featured on Channel 4, and BBC Radio 3 and 4 A pamphlet collection, Joe Dunthorne Faber New Poets 5 was published in 2010.His first novel, Submarine, the story of a dysfunctional family in Swansea narrated by Oliver Tate, aged 15, was published in 2008.

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  1. I liked this book less and less as it went on I only finished it because it was such a quick read It did include a lot of clever writing and quirky turns of phrase, and I give it credit for this it s what attracted me to it in the first place from just having read the first chapter or two But ultimately, I just ended up not connecting with any of the characters and I didn t care what happened to them I wasn t curious to see how anyone s story ended up.I re read part of the Washington Post review [...]

  2. Sometimes you read a book and once you ve finished it, you know right away whether or not you liked it And then there are times when you finish a book and you have no idea what to make of it Joe Dunthorne s Wild Abandon is definitely a book that falls into the latter category for me Pieces of the story I really loved, but sadly Dunthorne took the story into some really strange places, which definitely tempered my feelings overall Freya and Don Riley have lived in a commune type community in the [...]

  3. It s so nice when a random book recommended by a co worker who may not have the same taste as you turns out to have exquisite writing When Kate s boyfriend s mother gives her lingerie, Kate hoped her face for stunned horror was the same as her face for happy surprise Or Albert had a bad feeling that there was literally no one he could think of who wasn t in some very significant way a letdown And when Albert gets on the roof at the party near the end to give his speech about the end of the world [...]

  4. So, I never read Submarine or saw the film that was made of it, though I may yet do both of these things I got this second novel, Wild Abandon , from my local library in Wales on a day when I was working to avoid chilly crime books of which they keep plenty in stock I wanted something different and I guess I got it I really liked bits of this book, the shower scene at the start was great, and after a while I was sure it would end with another shower scene It did Joe Dunthorne has a way of writin [...]

  5. Wild Abandon is less wild abandonment and cautious rebellion From the parents who leave the status quo to start their own independent community but with the backing of their wealthier friend Patrick to the children who leave the community to re enter mainstream schooling and Kate who just wants a normal house and boyfriend this novel takes baby steps around a small group of characters In itself not a bad thing, but when the blurb says save the community with a rave and what actually happens is [...]

  6. Telling truths goes a long way with me In a couple of ways, Wild Abandon did that although I m not sure it was intended then any redemptive aspects fall off a cliff.There s a bit of truth said about the traditional roles of men and women in society A woman just won t respect a man who abdicates his traditional role as provider especially while he clings to the perquisites of being the head of the household or commune, in this case Oh, and usually, the chick will go with the guy with cash.Althoug [...]

  7. In one of his interviews, Joe Dunthorne said that one might never really know his her friends After many years of knowing each other, he learned the story of his friend s communal childhood It kept coming back to him and so he asked her permission to write about it However, it s not totally her story, like an echo of the real events, a mixture of the existing commune stories Living in a city doesn t always work out, you lose your dream and settle down for a job you desperately hate, for a place [...]

  8. Smart, moody people living on their own sort of commune in Wales Hippies are not always easy to live with This book is about people growing out of things, letting go of things Freya wants out of her marriage with Don Patrick wants out of the commune Teenager Kate wants to go to college And eleven year old Albert is convinced the world is ending Albert s lack of coping skills eventually takes over the story, and I m left feeling incredibly sorry for him.This reads like a screenplay lots of quick [...]

  9. Read this after Submarine in hopes I would like it and really did This one s just as if not funny but also wildly compassionate It s the tale of a present day commune in Wales apparently it s still the 70s for some people there, including Kate 17 and Albert 11, the children of two of the founders They re hippie dippy enough that these two siblings are showering together after messy barnyard chores as the book opens Everything is on the cusp of change for them, though, and not just because Albe [...]

  10. Gently satirical novel about the discontented existences of a group of people who have dedicated their lives to living in a commune in the countryside Some parts of this are sharply drawn and humorous, but other parts flit around too much instead of staying with the perspective and actions of a single character this has the effect of painting a portrait of a place, but it also inhibited my ability to care about what happened Although the story is centered on the children of the arrogant commune [...]

  11. I gave up on Love in the Time of Cholera for the time being Found this in the Lucky Day section at the library and already like it after 20 pages.

  12. For every book we read during the book club, one of our book club members will write a review This way anyone who couldn t be there, can still join in with the fun Our third review is of Wild Abandon by Joe Dunthorne written by Roy den Boer.Joe Dunthorne s Wild Abandon takes place in Blaen y Lin, a commune in Wales that appears to be on its last legs Membership is down, there are almost no children to provide a future for the commune, and resentments have been building up toward the boiling poin [...]

  13. Some of the best sentences from Wild Abandon She was so lithe as to be, Don later claimed, indistinguishable from the water she passed through You thought it was chemical attraction she thought it was paint fumes Back in the house, they found Kit Lintel pouring orange juice into Kit Lintel s father s laptop In the live music yurt, a man was either doing a very downbeat, a cappella, unplugged version of Help by The Beatles or he was genuinely asking for assistance All in all, it s very hard to ca [...]

  14. I should really have considered it fair warning when I realised the top quote on the back of the book jacket was by Nick Hornby.Like I imagine many other readers, I read this having previously enjoyed Joe Dunthorne s debut novel, Submarine While Wild Abandon seemingly has quite a lot in common with Submarine a quirky, dark sense of humour a dryly witty, apathetic teenage boy depressing Welsh Welsh things it lacks the plot and character investment Honestly, it wasn t bad enough to give up on but [...]

  15. Philip Larkin s bitter poem about the influence of our parents They mess you up, your mum and dad could be the epigraph of Joe Dunthorne s second novel, Wild Abandon But Dunthorne marinates dysfunction in sweet absurdity to produce a wry comedy, the latest addition to that black sheep genre known as Quirky Families You ve seen these people They re staples of indie films such as Little Miss Sunshine or novels such as Kevin Wilson s recent The Family Fang In such stories, psychological abuse or pa [...]

  16. When your first novel has been successful, it adds pressure onto the second This is the situation facing Joe Dunthorne, as his debut Submarine won several awards, was adapted into a film and came highly praised by The Bookbag This means Wild Abandon has to be rather good to keep his reputation intact.Kate and Albert are two teenagers growing up in a commune in Wales Kate is becoming and unsatisfied with the restraints of this life, whilst Albert is devoted to Kate and eagerly anticipating the [...]

  17. Wild Abandon offers a fun, slightly satirical portrait of a commune in contemporary Wales The commune, Blaen y Llyn, has been running for twenty years But in the timeframe of the novel just about everyone is trying to get out of it The only one trying to keep everything together is Don, one of the founders and self appointed leader, whose family members are the focal characters of the book Don is a bit pompous, still dedicated to the virtues of home schooling, sustainable housing, and living off [...]

  18. Wild Abandon is the second novel by Joe Dunthorne, after the very successful and funny Submarine, which was also made into a good independent film Submarine was about adolescence, and Wild Abandon in part is set in similar territory, reflecting the fact that Dunthorne is still a very young writer It is a comic novel set in a commune in South Wales Kate is the adolescent daughter of the founders and leaders of the commune Don and Freya , and Albert is her pre adolescent younger brother The Commun [...]

  19. This unconventional coming of age story takes place on a Welsh commune and follows the stories of the residents as they deal with the disintegration of their community living situation Following Kate Albert, a teenage girl and her eleven year old brother, their unusual upbringing is causing internal questions and confusion in Kate as she grows up and attends school outside of their commune Albert, a precocious young boy who believes one of the commune residents rants that the world is ending, re [...]

  20. Did I love the entire aspect of a novel centered around a commune Most certainly Did Joe Dunthorne carry out such an aspect rather well Yes Was I absolutely gripped into the plot As soon as I started reading Dunthorne s novel provides an interesting setting for what s basically a combination coming of age and middle age crisis tale Though I couldn t identify much personally with breakaway Kate, maturing Albert, in control Don, or tired Freya, I could easily see where most of their actions and fe [...]

  21. Raised in a commune, Kate chooses to rebel by running away to suburbia Her younger brother, Albert, feeling rejected, feeling lost, rebels in truly bloodthirsty fashion Like submarine, Dunthorne s magnificent d but, this is a story about teenagers growing up and trying to distance themselves from their parents It s not a particularly original theme and in less capable hands, would doubtless have been peopled with stereotypical, clich characters, clumsy comedy and predictable situations, but Joe [...]

  22. Closer to 2.5 stars If you don t like books that are told from multiple POVs then this isn t for you as the author does do some head hopping I didn t mind that since it felt appropriate for the story but at times it was a bit unnecessary with very minor characters.The story centers around a fading hippie commune in Wales in 2012 It starts with the 17 years old daughter, Kate, as she is studying to take her A level exams This requires her to leave the commune each day and she winds up meeting her [...]

  23. I absolutely adored Dunthorne s Submarine so I had high expectations when it came to his second offering, Wild Abandon Dunthorne s strong debut and the promise of another piss my pants filled reading experience made me make a promise to myself to read it in 2014 and I have now done so Yay me Unfortunately, my high expectations weren t met Don t get me wrong, there were some funny moments and I did warm to some of the characters that Dunthorne created mostly Albert and his youthful imagination Ho [...]

  24. Wild Abandon tells the story of a community in Southern Wales JD shows us its conception in flashbacks some students and their old landlord escaping London s ratrace , but the main story revolves around the lives of the inhabitants during the community s demise The main characters each struggle with the suffocating ties of freedom yes, this does sound contradictory, so let me explain Patrick, former landlord turned pothead, projects his inability to break away on Janet, his former crush and Don, [...]

  25. Wild Abandon satisfied me from the beginning as it was right in its tiny, visceral details All those little moments that rang so true were skillfully orchestrated into an interesting novel I appreciated the odd relationship between Kate, who tries to distance herself from her communal upbringing by being thoroughly hygienic and her brother Albert, who would never wash if Kate didn t make a game of getting into the shower together I could see the breakdown of the marriage between Don and Freya ev [...]

  26. Wild Abandon is the first book I read this month and probably the one I enjoyed least I am a big fan of Joe Dunthorne s previous book Submarine, and coincidentally the film version was directed by Richard Ayoade, the next book in this post As I enjoyed Submarine so much, I was expecting a lot from this novel and initially I really enjoyed the story I found the characters of Kate and Albert intriguing and hoped to learn as I continued reading, it was funny in parts and the concept of a commune I [...]

  27. I had read Submarine and really, really enjoyed it even if I can t quite understand why anyone would want to turn it into a movie Even before I realized they share an author, I was interested in Wild Abandon for the plot alone.So What happens to communes now that the 60s are long over Wisely, Dunthorne focuses mainly on the kids in the community, particularly a teenage girl who goes to public high school and is well aware of how different she is and her much younger brother who is still a home s [...]

  28. First off, I was lucky enough to have this be the first book I ve ever won in a giveaway, I was very excited to read it and to start off it was meeting my expectations Then, slowly but surely, it lost its luster for me The premise was interesting, certainly different from other things I ve read recently The first couple of chapters were intriguing, but after a while the book simply lost all interest for me I feel like Dunthorne jumped about a lot between some of the lesser characters, I was very [...]

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