The Caine Mutiny
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THE CAINE MUTINY begins with character development of Willie Keith, his affluent family and worries over the possible consequences of having an immigrant girlfriend as he goes from being a spoiled, immature Princeton grad and amateur pianist to life in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
This brilliant classic work follows Willie aboard ship where we see how the men live, eat and occasionally sleep while performing their duties in an environment filled with daily...more
The Caine Mutiny, happens on an old rustbucket of a tow ship called the Caine. Thoughout the book, Wouk teases us, making us hungry for the moment when the crew of the ship blows its collective gasket. It was long in coming, but when it did, the cour ...more
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- Jack Nicholson as Colonel Nathan Jessep, in A Few Good Men
5 shining stars! Herman Wouk won the Pulitzer Prize for this masterpiece in 1952 and it is a wonderful story!
I first read and loved this as a high school sophomore and really enjoyed revisiting it! It was even better the second time around! Don't be intimidated by the military setting as there are so many elements to enjoy about the story even if war or the navy is not your thing.
Why I liked it:
1) Brilliant and well-developed characters
* Will ...more
10. Wouk's clear, compelling, Pulitzer Prize winning prose.
9. The boredom of military service, even in wartime, has never been so interesting.
8. The USS Caine DMS feels like home -- no matter who's in command.
7. The ineluctable build of Queeg's collapse.
6. Willie's slow and certain becoming.
5. Keefer's behaviour insuring that no side is "right."
4. The best novelized military trial ever written.
3. The complexity of Wouk's characters, even when the ...more
I suppose most will know at least the outline of the story here as it's not only a novel, but a play and a movie. I'll still try to avoid spoilers here for those who haven't run across it in any form. Let me say that the book doesn't fall easily into one category. It's a ...more
The book has its flaws: there is some extraneous material in the first half that could have been cut down, there are a few instances of an awkward secondary character point of view, and there is a generous sprinkling of those pesky adverbs that everyone seems to equate with literary leprosy these days.
But the events immediately preceding the mutiny, the actual mutiny itself and the subsequent court martia ...more
First time I have read this one, although have seen the movie oh so many times. This review assumes you have seen the movie, if not don't read ahead.
The film version is brilliant and certainly captures some aspects of the book. The film and the book both have the sucker-punch involving involving the speech by the lawyer Greenwald after most of the book deals with the crew and the infamous Captain Queeg.
The novel though has a different narrative through the eyes of "Willie" Keith. An ...more
The Caine Mutiny is a fascinating l ...more
The book starts out with young, naïve, slight spoiled Willie Keith getting drafted into the Army ...more
I decided to read this book because it was lodged somewhere in my mind as one of those "books you should read." Also, there is a ...more
I knew this would be a 5-Star read, for me, within the first 50 pages. Something about an author who knows how to tell a story, and not just write one. Feel me??
The story is a masterpiece, pure and simple.
According to the book blurb: "...Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life-and mutiny-on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater..."
To me, it really is the story of our main character's brief stint in the Navy, his complicated relationships with his parents an ...more
The Caine Mutiny follows Willie Keith’s transformation from spoiled rich kid, almost kicked ...more
This book right ...more
The only problem with the book is the language. The language for half of the book is completely clean, but while t ...more
Keith's relationship with May Wynn has a lot more depth in the book, though I came close to (view spoiler)[despising Willie for his superior attitude towards her (hide spoiler)]. In fact, all the characters had more nuances to them except for Steve Maryk.
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Herman Wouk was born in New York City into a Jewish family that had emigrated from Russia. After a childhood and adolescence in the Bronx and a high school diploma from Townsend Harris High School, he earned ...more