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The "Bounty" Paperback – 25 May 1984

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; Revised edition edition (25 May 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552123633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552123631
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story of the mutiny on HMS Bounty in 1789 has become a legend. As such, many accounts of this famous incident have portrayed Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian in black and white terms: the former as a tyrant, the latter fully justified in leading the mutiny against his captain. There is however, ample evidence of Bligh's courage an d compassion and of Christian's strange behaviour and instability. This then, is the basis on which this extraordinary story is told. The two protagonists are not simply as hero and villain, but as imperfect people: Christian a troubled and guilty man, but soft underneath; Bligh an admired and courageous leader, yet at the same time uncertain of himself, hot tempered, foul tongued.

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By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 July 2011
Format: Paperback
I came across this book by chance, and didn't expect much of it, as it promotes itself of the "book of the film". Certainly it seems to have been used as a source by screenwriters, but it predates the film by eleven years.

Hough starts with the events running up to and immediately preceding the point where Bligh is put into an open boat, so the opening chapter is all action and suspense. Then we go into "flashback", to the start of Bigh's career, his travels with Cook, how he came to know Fletcher Christian and the background to the Bounty's voyage. All this is told so well, and with so much vitality, that it is every bit as interesting as the explosive start. He then takes the tale through to its long-drawn out and, at the time, obscure finale, also taking us through Bligh's career to his death.

The facts are themselves so extraordinary that there is no need for authorial tricks, and Hough's vivid and compassionate retelling holds our attention totally. His insight into the complex psychology of the main characters, and his ability to raise interesting possibilities without indulging in irritating speculation, make this a humane as well as exciting read. Notes and a bibliography lay out how Hough has constructed the story from the extensive written sources. There is also an index. This book will appeal to anyone who likes a novel which explores character, or who enjoys true adventure stories, or who is interested in the 18th century navy, or in exploration . . . in fact, I find it hard to think of anyone who wouldn't relish it.
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