The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty
The true hero is Bligh. Ms Alexander brings out all the historical revisionism that has occurred since that era. We tend to look at these ships’ Captains (Bligh was actually a Lieutenant) as tyrants. Indeed they were – but in the context of the era it was “normal” to insult and lash your sailors – insubordination was simply not tolerated. The ship was n ...more
One has to admire the stamina of any historian who pours through thousands of pages of two-hundred year old letters, transcripts of courts martial, popular accounts in contemporaneous circulation and standard historical books on the subject. This is an achievement whic ...more
Alexander’s The Bounty is an excellent and thorough read about all that makes the Mutiny on The Bounty still intriguing today.
On the morning of April 28, 1789 Lieutenant William Bligh’s H.M.S. Bounty was taken in the South Pacific, near Tahiti, by a band of mutineers led by Master Mate, Fletcher Christian. Bligh, in just his night shirt, was forced into the small, 23-foot launch, weighed down with eighteen loyalists and enough provisions for ...more
review: The Mutiny on the Bounty has always been one of my top 5 favorite books and I've read socialogical studies about Pitcairns Island and other odd bits and pieces. I suppose of the three films made, The Bounty, the last, is the closest to the actual relationship between Bligh and Christian. I don't know why no one has taken the story on to life on Pitcairn. For some reason it's Pitcairn that's always intrigued me the most. This book, is really interesting, I think. If ...more
After all the scholars ...more
Warning: the following review contains historical facts that may be considered spoilers if you desire to read this book without previous knowledge of the events.
I love to read books about people and events that I know little to nothing about. I had certainly heard of Captain Bligh and the Mutiny on the Bounty, but that was the extent of my knowledge. ...more
Alexander’s book goes in ...more
For listening, the narrator was very good and fit the story. There were a couple times when it sounded like a completely different narrator started reading, but then the voice would evolve back to the one we were familiar with. That was very strange. Also, the first part of the book isn't chronological, which makes li ...more
I'd always assumed that Bligh was a tyrant and Christian somewhat justified in rebelling against him, but the real st ...more
However, it does seem to me that the book spends proportionally too much time on the court martial and Peter Haywoo ...more
What I've known for years is that the mutiny occurred because of the Tahitian women. The mutineers loved the sultry Polynesian maidens they spent five months with be ...more
Not surprising most of what I knew was wrong; Captain Bligh was really Lieutenant Bligh, Mr. Christian was his protege and had they sailed together before, while Bligh not have been the most pleasant of men, he wasn't that bad compare to his contemporaries and was a very skilled navigator. Most important we don't really know what the ...more
Fascinating book highlighting the importance of archives...
Using diaries, ship’s musters, public and private logs, private correspondence, lieutenants’ certificates, hospital records, invoices, seaman’s wills and the proceedings of the courts martial trial Columbia University trained classics professor and historian Caroline Alexander weaves a fascinating tale of late eighteenth century British naval life and sheds new insight into one of the most famous stories ever told of treachery on the hig...more
I was glad I did. The facts are that Captain Bligh was not ...more
Caroline Alexander shows how contigent this bit of history was, how Fletcher Christian could have swallowed his pride that night. Instead he led a mutiny that led to many deaths, including his own, and the weird, sad history of Pitcairn Island.
''What caused the mutiny on the Bounty? The seductions of Tahiti, Bligh's harsh tongue -- perhaps. But more compellingly, a night of drinking and a proud man's pride, a low moment on one gray dawn, a momentary ...more
It talks of Sir Joseph Banks who subsequently sent Bligh on another breadfruit expedition after he was on court martial for losing the Bounty to a mutineer who decided he was "in hell" for two weeks when he was really just h ...more
Caroline Alexander must have done tons of research to present a side of this now famous story. In contrast to the movies we are familiar with, Ms. Alexander portrays Bligh as a an exceptional sailor and commander who was besmirched by Fletcher Christian who came from a wealthy and powerful family. This book was de ...more
Sir Joseph Banks of the Royal Society urged the voyage to the Admiralty. The Admiralty made several fateful decisions, including not having a detail of Marines in board and delaying the sailing of the Bounty from England. The delay meant ...more
That said, there were times when this felt like it dealt more with the aftermath for two particular individuals than it did the mutiny itself. We get enormous amounts of detail about Bligh's career after the mutiny, and a decent chunk of the book focuses ...more
I was surprised while reading this book that no one I spoke with had ever heard of "the mutiny on the Bounty." In 1789, Lieutenant William Bligh sailed his ship, the Bounty, to the beautiful island of Tahiti. He'd been there before with Captain James Cook, but now his goal wasn't exploration but commerce: he was to obtain breadfruit plants to start plantations in the West Indies. Bligh was a conscientious captain who looked out for the health and welfare of his men, ev ...more