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Like most people, I'd heard of the story of the mutiny on the i>Bounty, of Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian, and the colony on the Pitcairn Islands - but I never knew very much more. This was a wonderful read; I honestly could not put it down; and I felt I learned much more than just about the mutiny itself, about Tahiti, and navigation, and the history of the British Navy.
I'd always assumed that Bligh was a tyrant and Christian somewhat justified in rebelling against him, but the real story seems to be quite different. I finished this book feeling a great amount of sympathy and respect for Bligh: he seems to have genuinely had the best interests of his crew at heart, and they were treated no worse aboard the Bounty than they would have been aboard any of other Navy ship, indeed probably better. The complains and accusations leveled against Bligh seem pitiful and lacking in substance.
Indeed, that would be my one criticism of this book, although it's perhaps an unfair one to level at the author. There is never any real attempt to analyse just why the sailors rebelled, why Christian led the mutiny against Bligh. But then Christian's tale was never told, his side of the story never revealed, so we'll always be left to wonder.
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Initial post: 5 Jul 2013 12:52:51 BDT
P. G. Croft says:
I have to disagree with your complaint that there was no attempt to tell Christians story. On the contrary, the author could not have done better--on ANY level, to reveal the facts as known, and the anecdotal evindence gleamed from statements made by those who whitnessed the events. ie. crew members both loyal and mutineers. Christian disappeared from history remember, until Pitcairn was rediscoverd and the world was informed of his fate. In other words--he was not around to dispute or explain his actions directly.
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