Albert's lack of coping skills eventually takes over the story, and I'm left feeling incredibly sorry for him. It is populated by a group of eccentric inhabitants, some of whom we get to know in the course of the novel whilst others remain ciphers. 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. Following an incident with Patrick Kate leaves the community and goes to live with Garaint's family including his mum who in a very odd scene gives her lingerie. While these truths are put forth and a story is kinda, sorta built around it, the novel falls flat. At a once vibrant communal-living property in the British countryside, back-to-basics fervor has given way to a vague discontent. Hippies are not always easy to live with.
At the outset, it's perfectly understandable why everyone wants to escape Don - he's controlling and full of himself. Their seventeen year old daughter, Kate, was conceived around the beginning of the commune and her impending birth provided impetus to quickly get the commune up and running. This second novel by the author of which was turned into a quirky, delightful movie is hit-or-miss but worth reading. However, it's not totally her story, more like an echo of the real events, a mixture of the existing commune stories. Jacobians always play at being Pandora and are surprised at what happens when the lid is lifted. Albert has fallen under the influence of another resident's end-of-the-world philosophies.
Added on are the rest of the community, who seem to put up with a lot considering Don's family has the biggest accommodation and no one's allowed a mobile phone. Their two children, Kate and Albert, have been raised living the philosophies their parents have instilled in all residents. 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 I had read and really, really enjoyed it even if I can't quite understand why anyone would want to turn it into. Don and Albert's ever more fantastical dreams are particularly engaging, and one scene in which Don attempts a disastrous man-to-man relationship chat is truly laugh-out-loud hilarious. It seemed like Dunthorne wanted to me to feel something I wasn't feeling.
There were some interesting characters in this novel but I wanted more from them. It starts with the 17-years-old daughter, Kate, as she is studying to take her A level exams. The first chapter shows that it could have worked, because we switch back and forth quite smoothly as all the characters somehow interact. Through its two, well-drawn central characters, Wild Abandon does its best to demonstrate how people deal with entropy and the sadness that arises from any accompanying epiphanies. In itself not a bad thing, but when the blurb says 'save the community with a rave' and what actually happens is a 'desperate dad tries to re-engage with his daughter via a rave' the story can feel a bit disappointing. This book was, admittedly, quite different to what I imagined it'd be and sadly not in a good way.
They look odd and feel they have made a brave statement but in the end they act just like anyone else would act. 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 soundsystem. So you're left with Albert spinning his wheels for a long time before going out of control. The tone isn't where Wild Abandon lost me, though. Don's wife, Freya, can't quite decide whether not liking someone anymore is enough reason to end a twenty-year marriage.
Maybe a plot would have helped. All in all, it's very hard to categorize Dunthorne's works. But, while the world doesn't end, the world as he knows it — one where people wear jumpers the colour of margarine and have their showers timed for ecological reasons — soon changes dramatically: Albert's mother Freya finally leaves Don, and Don becomes convinced that holding a rave is the glue that will mend broken relationships. 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. 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. But in the timeframe of the novel just about everyone is trying to get out of it.
He tries to fix every situation presented to him in the most positive manner available and somehow the book still doesn't seem on his side at any point. The only drawback, at least initially, is that there are few sympathetic characters with a real dilemma that makes you want to keep turning the pages. When they're put in charge, bad things happen. I also feel like I missed some of the main points of the ending. Patrick, former landlord turned pothead, projects his inability to break away on Janet, his former crush an Wild Abandon tells the story of a community in Southern Wales.
The stories first part revolves around the seventeen-year-old daughter Kate. Throughout the book, there are lots of interesting insights about communal living - Freya the wife, for example, takes on the role of the community's butcher because no one else on the farm where they live, including her husband, has the guts to slaughter their livestock. Did Joe Dunthorne carry out such an aspect rather well? Yet the satire is disappointingly uneven, and the uniformly unpleasant characterizations leave a sour aftertaste. Th 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. 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. Oh, and usually, the chick will go with the guy with cash.
Joe Dunthorne has a way So, I never read Submarine or saw the film that was made of it, though I may yet do both of these things. At college Kate discovers Garaint and they soon become a couple. Her younger brother, Albert, feeling rejected, feeling lost, rebels in truly bloodthirsty fashion. Which by the way, nothing did. She is currently polishing off her first novel, Exeme, and you can read more about that endeavor. So: What happens to communes now that the '60s are long over? Albert, the eleven-year-old, is feeling restless as his sisters is going off the school and spending less time with him.