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The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial: A Drama In Two Acts

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The novel that inspired the now-classic film The Caine Mutiny and the hit Broadway play The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.

Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of lifeâand mutinyâon a Navy warship in the Pacific theater was immediately embraced, upon its original publication in 1951, as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with
Paperback, 103 pages
Published April 20th 1954 by Doubleday
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The is the play version of the trial from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Though it is the fulcrum of the dauntingly long book, it was too short for me to get the full impact of the history and gravity of the story, which I only got a flavor of from the famous movie. It feels like cheating by reading a Cliff Notes version of a classic. Otherwise, the distillation comes across fine in the audiobook version I experienced.

The court martial has us rooting for the defendant Lieutenant Stephen Mary
Apr 01, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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A well-crafted, potboiler of a play, in which the big unearthed secret actually colors the entire trial preceding it, taking men who are supposed to be G.I. Joe heroes, and turning them into everything that's wrong with American culture during the 1940s and beyond.

In terms of its bare-bones, reads and is staged like a trial atmosphere, The Caine Mutiny could bore on to tears if they're looking for more theatrical flair. That being said, the court martial and the personalities surrounding it make
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May 12, 2013 Joe Noir rated it it was amazing
This review is for the published drama (play) written by Herman Wouk. It is not for the novel. Simply one of the best plays ever for an all male cast.

This is a harrowing, wonderful play! I’ve read it before, perhaps in high school, and I’ve seen the movie based on it several times. According to Imdb, to get permission to use ships, the movie production crew had to say there had never been a mutiny, when there was, over many of the same issues Maryk and the crew mutinied.

I borrowed this from my local public library.
Oct 25, 2013 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Herman Wouk wrote this play based on the ending of his novel The Caine Mutiny (and the play opened with Henry Fonda playing the defense lawyer Greenlaw!) and he maintains the heart of the story. However, it isn't as compelling as the full length movie (and I assume novel).
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Herman Wouk is a bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning Jewish American author with a number of notable novels to his credit, including The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War, and War and Remembrance.

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
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