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The Caine Mutiny

The Caine Mutiny [Kindle Edition]

Herman Wouk
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Compelling... a panoramic, engrossing story. (Atlantic Monthly)

The Winds of War gives more vivid pictures of the principal leaders of the war than military and political history could. Fiction is better than history at showing "how it really was" where matters of human character are concerned. (Political Science Quarterly)

First-rate storytelling. (New York Times)

With the whole world as its setting, The Winds of War tells the intimate story of an American family - a Navy family - caught up in the vortex of world conflict... World history comes to life at a personal, eyewitness level. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Wouk is a matchless storyteller with a gift for characterization, an ear for convincing dialogue, and a masterful grasp of what was a stake in World War II. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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The beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning classic - a masterpiece of duty, loyalty, and betrayal.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1579 KB
  • Print Length: 635 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (5 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Than A War Story 22 Jun 2004
By James Gallen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Good literature can transport the reader into the world of the book. Great literature enters the world of the reader. "The Caine Mutiny" is great literature. Many have seen the movie so I can say a little about the story. Set on an obsolete destroyer-minesweeper during World War II, "The Caine Mutiny", seen through the eyes of a young officer, Willie Keith, tells the story of an inadequate captain whose mismanagement leads to his relief from command when a crisis confronts the ship. With romance and a domineering mother, the book intertwines several stories which hold the reader's interest.
Perhaps a Navy veteran would see much about the service in "The Caine Mutiny", I do not know. Although it is set on a naval vessel in wartime, it is much more than a war story, although that it is. I saw much about life in it. It contains instances and characters which I encounter in a life about as far from the Caine as one can imagine. This ability of this book to enter into the world of the reader, even as the reader enters the world of the book, earns "The Caine Mutiny" a place in the canon of great literature.
I enjoy reading, but I cannot remember a book which I was so loath to set down. This book is a real page turner. Years ago my father told me to watch the movie, which I did. I finally took his advise the next step and read the book. Since I cannot return the favor, I will pass it on. READ "THE CAINE MUTINY"!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserving of all the critical acclaim 23 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Quite simply the best you are probably going to find as far as books go in describing what life onboard a Navy ship is like. What I found amazing is that this book was written about the WW2 Navy and I served in the Desert Storm era navy and there was basically no detectable change other than some of the technology described.
But all that aside I think that people who have no interest whatsoever in Sea stories will find that Mr. Wouk understood human nature very well and the characters in this fine book transcend the situation they are described in. Meaning that there are Queegs, Maryks, Keefers, and Keiths running around all over the place (I've worked for a couple of Queegs myself as a matter of fact, I kid you not) and the reading of this book will help them to better understand what motivates people at the core.
I found this book fascinating on many levels and nearly impossiblile to put down after I became drawn in. I think there is a little something for everybody in this one, even if you aren't into the whole military setting.
Highly reccomended - give it a chance and you won't regret it. Mr. Wouk has made the list of my favorite authors with one attempt, which doesn't happen very often.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The Caine Mutiny is not merely another war novel. What makes this book special is the way in which Herman Wouk develops complex characters and relationships within the setting of World War II. He places emphasis on the depth of the characters, rather than the war itself. Because of his attention to the complex attitudes and relationships on board the Caine, it is not necessary for the reader to have a strong naval background in order to understand the situations at hand.
Wouk's main character focus is on Willie Keith. The reader is able to understand his character more than the others because of extensive expository information in the first several chapters. At times the information seemed long-winded and irrelevant, but it achieved its main purpose of establishing the main character, the protagonist for the reader to follow throughout the novel. Because of this personalized insight, the reader receives a biased, yet deeper understanding of the events.
Wouk provides some very intriguing twists and turns throughout the novel, the most poignant of these being the court martial trial. Because of the way Wouk chooses to slant the proceedings, the reader has almost every reason to believe that Maryck will be found guilty. Such elements of irony and surprise make for some suspenseful and highly engaging reading.
Wouk achieves a high level of success with this novel. His use of locus, attention to complexities of character and relationships, and his ability to twist situations create a highly dramatic, touching coming-of-age story centered around the trials of war and command.
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I cannot think of another novel that I have found so consistently entertaining - and I have read it many times by now.
The characters that Wouk created are so cleverly crafted that it is impossible to think of how he might have done it better; as the plot develops and Captain Queeg's "eccentricities" become more alarming to the crew of the Caine, the behaviour of the lead characters is brought into sharp relief; Maryk's stoic loyalty, Keefers's intellectual undermining of the captain, Willie Keith's naivety and, not least, Queeg's bizarre moodswings from affable father-figure to neurotic tyrant are very well drawn indeed.
If this wasn't enough, the final third of the book is taken up by a tense and magnificent courtroom drama!
There are incidents in the book that will stay in your mind a long time after reading it. What a shame that the film wasn't even half as good as the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still a wonderful read
Although a book of its time, the study of insanity, or psychopathic tendencies, in a captain of a ship at sea in wartime conditions is every bit as relevant today as it was when... Read more
Published 5 months ago by DUNCAN TILLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking
A very good story very well told, you would be a mutineer too if you had this captain but what are the consequences of mutiny on a warship when your country is at war?
Published 7 months ago by Allen Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars A realistic account of crew psychology.
I appreciated this tale, somewhat extreme, but it is a realistic account of the dangers of the Ship's Captain as the supreme ruler and the problem for the ship's officers and crew... Read more
Published 10 months ago by E. Salzen
4.0 out of 5 stars The Caine Mutiny
If you liked the film you should enjoy this very realistic study of men in the war aboard a grotty old minesweeper. Read more
Published 21 months ago by DGA
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, well written story
Read the book 20 odd years ago from the library and even though I knew the plot and had seen the film I bought and re-read the story with just as much reward as if new. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2009 by Clipper 314
5.0 out of 5 stars the story is based partially on the U.S. Grayson during WWII
This story is not just fiction. Many of the incidents that took place in the book also took place on the U.S. Grayson during WWII. Read more
Published on 10 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars The passage from adolescence to maturity
To understand the Caine Mutiny it has to be seen in conjunction with Marjorie Morningstar another book written by Wouk in the same period. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars You know those stories where you choose alternate endings?
How about a book where the ending is the same but the main plot depends on what you focus on? That's what "Caine Mutiny" is. Read more
Published on 8 July 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best book I've read.
Deep, multidimensional characters and an action packed plot make this a great book. There is profound insight into human nature. Read more
Published on 8 July 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Wartime classic with modern day relevance
I probably got more from the book by not having seen the film (I can't imagine Bogart as Queeg?). The relationship between Willie Keith and his other junior offices, with all the... Read more
Published on 23 Mar 1999
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