Mutiny On The Bounty
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Mutiny On The Bounty

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Pickpocket John Jacob Turnstile is on his way to be detained at His Majesty's Pleasure when he is offered a lifeline, what seems like a freedom of sorts - the job of personal valet to a departing naval captain. Little does he realise that it is anything but - and by accepting the devil's bargain he will put his life in perilous danger. For the ship is HMS Bounty, his new c...more
Paperback, 541 pages
Published May 7th 2009 by Black Swan (first published January 1st 2008)
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
John Jacob Turnstile is fourteen and one of many boys living with the formidable Mr Lewis in Portsmouth, spending his days picking pockets and his nights in the upstairs rooms with the other pretty boys, doing things with wealthy men that give him nightmares. Still, it's his life and has no plans to leave it, until the day that choice is taken out of his hands and made for him. Caught lifting a French gentleman's pocket watch, he is taken before the magistrate and sentenced to twelve months gaol...more
Lisa
This was truly one of the best books I have ever read. Probably the number one reason it was was because of the language that John Boyne used to tell the story. It is told from the perspective of a 14 year old boy who is put on the Bounty as payment for petty crimes. And his "voice" is HILARIOUS and just so unique! I'm not sure if the author researched the time and certain word usage from then or if he invented such words as "scut" or "motions". But not just the WORDS also the PHRASING were incr...more
Toni Osborne
I love how Mr. Boyne takes a well-known event gives it a new spin and revives it into a most riveting iconic story of the sea, a sure sign of a very talented story-teller.

In a few words this is what happened to the ill-fated ship: After a long voyage on the high seas and a short stay on a sexy Polynesian paradise, the screw revolted, a mutiny led by Fletcher Christian erupted, the breadfruit-laden Bounty was seized shortly after leaving Otaheite (Tahiti) in April 1789, and the captain, William B...more
Krait
While based on historical fact, this book tells the story of the famous mutiny from the point of Bligh's cabin boy. While Bligh's real servant was Able Seaman John Smith, age 36, this story replaces him with 14 year old ex-pickpocket John Jacob Turnstile, who has never been to sea before. The book is a clever coming of age story based on Turnstile, and one which paints Fletcher Christian in a far more sinister light than most other works.

Boyne is a master story teller as evidenced by The Boy in...more
Debbie
Had previously enjoyed Boy in striped pyjamas and wanted to read more by this author.

For those who dont like spoilers and are unfamilar with this tale Im afraid the title really does give things away. Dont worry though the book is very exiting and the events leading up to and after the mutiny is where the real story is to be found.

Although Turnstile is a fictional charactor it does not detract from the true events, as the all seeing all hearing cabin boy he provides the narrative. We learn tha...more
SillySuzy
A new take on the Bounty story as seen from the perspective of John Jacob Turnstile, Captain Bligh's servant boy. Of course the story itself doesnot hold any surprises as it is so well known. What I like about it is that none of the protagonists is penalized, every bad person has good traits and vice versa. The reader is sort of invited to make up his/her own mind as to who was wrong/right or good/bad. And of course you have to set everything against the time, late 18th century, when it was thou...more
Henry
This tale is of course based on real history. The book is written in a very straightforward way and I think it would be appropriate as a young adult book too. I enjoyed it nevertheless. It is written from the point of view of John Jacob Turnstile, a pickpocket nabbed in the act and then given the opportunity of either being jailed for a year, or serving as cabin boy on the HMS Bounty to Lieutenant William Bligh. There are many adventures in the Bounty and after returning from Tahiti there is a m...more
Meegan
I have never heard of The Bounty, and I had seen this book a few times passing through the teen section of my library. I finally broke, checked it out, and read the first sixteen chapters which made me decide that I would not waste any more of my time with it. Mutiny on the Bounty does fall under the category of historical fiction which normally is my favorite genre, but this story included pieces of history in clear descriptions that I found to be uninteresting and inapproprate. The narrator is...more
Robert French
Many years ago, too many to remember, I did read Nordoff and Hall's book Mutiny on the Bounty. I suspect it was when I was in high school. Nordoff and Hall's Mutiny on the Bounty was considered a "boy's" book at that time. Published in the 30s, their book was the basis of several movies in which William Bligh was portrayed as a bully and a tyrant. It may be more telling historically, that Bligh was acquitted at his court martial and went on to an illustrious career in the British Navy.

John Boyne...more
Ingrid Hansen
Der er skrevet mange bøger om mytteriet på HMS Bounty og lavet en del film, men denne her bog er anderledes end de fleste. Jeg har haft den liggende i et par år uden rigtig at få den læst, men med Bogchallenge 2014 så er det gjort.

Det der slog mig med det sammen var at forfatteren John Boyne er rigtig god til at sætte sig ind i at lade fortællingen komme fra en 14 årig. Med det mener jeg at man kan mærke forskellen mellem barn og voksen måde at fortælle sin historie. Her har vi en knægt som har...more
Annemarie
De scheepsjongen – John Boyne

De muiterij van de Bounty is een wereldberoemd verhaal gebaseerd op feiten. Dit boek van John Boyne vertelt ditzelfde verhaal, vertelt door de ogen van een scheepsjongen.

John Jacob Turnstil (vaak Tuinboon genoemd door de bemanning van de Bounty) is een jongen die op straat leeft en woont in het etablissement van Meneer Lewis. Voor hem moet hij zakkenrollen, maar is tevens “hoer” voor rijke mannen. Uiteraard gaat al het geld naar meneer Lewis.
Op een dag wordt hij gesn...more
Barbara ★
Earlier this year I read Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before which I really liked and this book is basically the same voyage with the captain of the Bounty being one of the men on Captain Cook's ship. There are so many references to Captain Cook, his voyage and his death that this seems like a regurgitation of his story. They basically traveled the same path, visited the same islands, had the exact same adventures on said islands, etc. There really wasn't anything new...more
Peter Walton-Jones
The story of Captain William Bligh and Mr Fletcher Christian from the point of view of the captain's cabin boy John Jacob Turnstile. Turnstile is not a historical figure; he replaces the real-life captain's steward John Smith. He is a 14 year-old pickpocket who faces the choice of jail or joining the Bounty crew after being caught redhanded. It is a difficult transition to sea life for Turnstile who is terribly sea-sick at first and then variously picked on and envied by the crew. You get the st...more
Joaquim Rocha
This book was offered to me and, having read some good critics about the author's previous books, specially "The Boy in Striped Pajamas", I was looking forward to check how this book was and put my dislike of nautical adventures behind my back.

The books tells the (mis)adventures of 14 year old John Jacob Turnstile on board the HMS Bounty from his own thoughts and words. Turnstile gets the position of Captain's servant boy as an alternative to spend time in jail after getting caught in an act of...more
Barbara Martin
This wonderful adventure story is told in first person narrative by John Jacob Turnstile, a 14 year old boy, who picked the pocket of a gentleman browsing books in the market and soon finds himself facing a twelve month jail sentence. The gentleman offers Turnstile a choice of becoming a valet for the captain of a ship soon to sail rather than going to jail for a year.

The story follows Turnstile’s days on board the ship with his critical eye to everyone ‘above’ his rank, his insolent comments th...more
Kirsten
Before I even say anything about the actual contents of the book, I just want to gush over the cover for a bit. Isn’t it a lovely cover? With the pretty ship, and the sunset colours, and the map lines, and the lettering. Aaah, just lovely! Yeah, as you can probably tell, I’m the sort of reader who likes to get suckered in by a pretty cover. Sometimes it leads to me reading some real duds. Other times, such as this, the pretty cover is a happy bonus to a brilliant book.

John Jacob Turnstile is a f...more
Michael Soros
Really excellent book. Very engrossing and it is obvious that the author has gone out of his way to research the facts of the Bounty but hasn't burdened the reader with the excessive benefits of that research. I have found that `thoroughly researched' novels tend to have all the technical details on show throughout the book whether they add to the plot or not. This is a major downfall with nautical novels where parts of the ship are named which could really be left ignored. This book concentrate...more
Jo at Jaffareadstoo
John Boyne is such a talented storyteller, that for me at last, the story of Captain Bligh, and the mutiny on the Bounty finally makes sense. Our narrator of the story is fourteen year old John Jacob Turnstile, not so affectionately known on board ship, as "Turnip". Turnstile finds himself on the wrong side of the law, and when given the choice of serving a twelve month sentence in gaol, or spending time as a sea servant, he takes the latter option, with little thought of what may lie ahead for...more
Estibaliz79
No habiendo visto nunca ninguna de las versiones cinematográficas que de este suceso histórico se han llevado a la gran pantalla, y no siendo tampoco gran conocedora de los dimes y diretes del mismo, lo cierto es que no puedo juzgar la fidelidad o no de Boyne al mismo, pero... ¿a quién le importa?

"Moutin en la Bounty" es una novela de aventuras con trasfondo histórico que entretiene prácticamente desde la primera página, a la par que aborda de forma aguda y sutil temas vitales como la lealtad, l...more
Buchdoktor
Angenommen, ein englischer Straßenjunge aus Portsmouth würde bei einem Taschendiebstahl geschnappt, verurteilt und statt zu einer Gefängnisstrafe zum Dienst auf der Bounty gepresst. Diesen John Jacob Turnstile lässt John Boyne die Geschichte der Meuterei auf der Bounty aus neuer Perspektive erzählen. Boynes Icherzähler wurde von der mehr als zweifelhaften Gestalt des Mr Lewis von der Straße aufgelesen und als Taschendieb und Strichjunge zum Anschaffen gezwungen. Für John Jakob könnte der Dienst...more
Dee-Ann
I put off reading this book as the event did not intetrest me. However, I found when I started reading this book, I have become fascinated by the event and did not realise what an amazing achievement it was. This story was written by Captain Bligh's ficitional servant boy. Even if the character is fictional, the events seem to align with the facts. The character 'John Jacob Turnstile' aka 'Turnip' is such an interesting character, his language, skills, goals, background, honesty and experiences...more
Marleen
Weet je wat het is met die Boyne, hij kan wel goede onderwerpen bedenken voor een boek, maar vervolgens lukt het hem maar niet om je sympathie te laten hebben met het hoofdpersonage, waardoor je zelfs als het hoofdpersonage de afschuwelijkste dingen meemaakt, je toch zoiets hebt van: 'Nou ja, sneu voor 'm.' Ik was wat teleurgesteld daarover, en dat had ik precies hetzelfde bij 'De jongen in de gestreepte pyjama.'
Maar het thema is zeer tof, dat wel.
Barbara Elsborg
Very enjoyable story narrated by Captain Bligh's cabn boy - Turnstile - or Turnip as he's affectionately known. I have a different view of events having read this book. I think I was brought up to see Christian Fletcher as a decent man - hmm - now I don't think that so much. Mr. Boyne has cleverly shown that there are two sides - at least - to every story. I bought this book for my husband who loves all things naval but he gave up after one chapter because it was written in the first person. I'm...more
James Safford
I thought it was a good book, though the main character had a tendency to whine and bemoan where he was a lot. But in the end, I agreed with his decisions not to join the mutineers. It did have some scenes of an adult nature, but they were handled with care and tact.
Alice Mander
Young John Jacob Turnstile has been caught too many times commingling crimes and just as he is nearly put away for a very long time he is offered a job on the HMS Bounty. He thinks this is a gift from God but little does he know that accepting this offer is putting 14 year old John's life into terrible danger.

Although I think I read this at to much of a young age I still loved it! I loved the characters and I loved the story line. I think I was a little to young to understand the whole Mr. Lewi...more
David Michael Slater
Really enjoyed this. Such formal, precise and articulate writing was a pleasure to read. It was exciting, though I'd venture to say that hewing closely to historical truth prevented what a purely fictionalized version might have offered. Still, a great read.
Josiah
"Mutiny" gives a first-hand retelling of those tumultuous two years aboard H.M.S. Bounty from the viewpoint of captain's boy John Jacob Turnstile, in a realistic retelling of daily life on a British naval ship in the late 1700's. Tedious work, boredom, and hunger trades place with breathless excitement - and back again - as the crew make their way from Spithead, England to Cape Horn, South America to Cape of Good Hope, Africa to Otaheite to Timor and eventually back home to England. This piece o...more
Edwin Kort
Een andere kijk op het verhaal van de 'Bounty'. Kende het verhaal gezien vanuit de muiters, maar nu dus ook door de ogen van de Scheepsjongen die deze muiterij meemaakte, en uiteindelijk overleefde.

Philip
An unusual choice of subject by the author of The Boy On The Striped Pyjamas, as it's such a familiar tale, but Boyne manages to put an original spin on it by casting Captain Bligh in the more sympathetic role and Fletcher Christian as the villain of the piece. (In the three filmed versions, it's always been the other way around). The 48 days spent adrift by the narrator (cabin boy John Jacob Turnstile) and his companions is a tour de force, because Boyne devotes one short chapter to each day an...more
Kenneth Burr
I loved this book. A great adventure
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John Boyne (born 30 April 1971 in Dublin) is an Irish novelist.

He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize. But it was during his time at Trinity that he began to get published. To pay his way at that stage of his career, he worked at Waterstone's, typing up his drafts by night.

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“Regrets and apologies are all very well, but there's things that happen in a person's life that are so scorched in the memory and burned into the heart that there's no forgetting them. They're like brands.” 29 likes
“There's things that happen in a person's life that are so scorched in the memory and burned into the heart that there's no forgetting them.


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April 28, 1789: The real-life mutiny that inspired John Boyne's novel, Mutiny on the Bounty, took place aboard the HMS Bounty 224 years ago today. Half the ship's crew, seduced by several months of good life on Tahiti, rose up against Captain William Bligh. Some of the mutineers' descendants still live on Pitcairn Island”
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