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By Mark Colodny for Fathom | In Herman Wouk’s now largely forgotten 1965 novel Don’t Stop the Carnival, a jittery New York Broadway press agent named Norman Paperman goes on vacation to a Caribbean island and, seduced by the spectacular weather, pristine beaches, and local charm, buys a hotel and quits his high-stress job for what he thinks will be the comparatively relaxing job of Caribbean hotelier. He is sorely mistaken. The hotel turns out to be a barely functioning nightmare of surly staff, erratic water, and angry guests. The fictional island in the book, “Amerigo,” is based on Wouk’s own experience running a St. Thomas hotel in the late 1950s.
Parrot Cay by COMO, the idyllic boutique hotel situated on a private island in the Turks and Caicos, is the hotel Norm Paperman thought he was getting. The service is flawless, the food is delicious, and the beach, which is surely Parrot Cay’s finest feature, is sublime.