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Mutiny on the Bounty (The Bounty Trilogy #1)

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MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY is the thrilling account of the strange, eventful, and tragic voyage of His Majesty's Ship Bounty in 1788-1789, which culminated in Fletcher Christian's mutiny against Captain Bligh.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 11th 1989 by Back Bay Books (first published 1932)
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Werner
May 23, 2010 Werner rated it liked it
The British (and to a lesser degree the American) Navy in the age of sail has become a staple setting of modern English-language historical fiction, exemplified by the works of Patrick O'Brian and others. While Melville's Billy Budd and White Jacket are certainly forerunners of the trend, the main impetus to the subgenre was probably C. S. Forrester's Hornblower series; but this novel by Nordhoff and Hall was roughly contemporary with Forrester's work, and also well deserves a reading by fans of ...more
Tweety
Apr 14, 2015 Tweety rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hornblower fans and those who like seafaring tales


When I started this I was slightly worried because a) it's written by two authors and I though it might be jarring when it switched from one to the other b) N. C. Wyeth's illustrations had several top-less ladies and c) the books didn't seem very happy I knew almost for certain how it would end.

But... I really enjoyed it. A) the writing is seamless from one to the other. I truly could not tell who was writing. Maybe because they both edited each other's writing. B) While the island ladies don't
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Pasan Rajadasa
Jul 31, 2016 Pasan Rajadasa rated it really liked it
I kind of feel bad for giving only 4 stars. I have a thing with the sea, as I often mention, and I have researched a lot when it comes to the nautical history in 19th century. I was prejudiced.

Still, it lived upto the expeditions. Not the perfect story of a voyage one might expect , but it was one heck of a voyage nonetheless.
Walter
Mar 02, 2014 Walter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-maritime
There's something about a good story of adversity at sea to get the blood pumping. Robert Louis Stevenson figured that out. He made a name for himself by writing stories of pirates. In "Mutiny on the Bounty", Nordhoff and Hall have hit a home run by writing about mutiny. Their novel takes place in 1789 - 1794 on board the British armed merchantman "Bounty", which traveled from England to Tahiti to pick up a load of Breadfruit trees with the purpose of planting the trees in the West Indies to pro ...more
Max Maher
Jan 02, 2015 Max Maher rated it it was amazing
SPOILER ALERT Mutiny on the Bounty by Nordhoff and Hall is an incredible classic about a mid-shipman, Roger Byam, who is aboard HMS (his majesty's ship) Bounty on a mission to get the valuable Tahitian breadfruit trees used to feed slaves in Britain. The ship gets to Tahiti and Byam goes straight to his job of learning the language of the Tahitians and writing a dictionary. Throughout the voyage captain Bligh is abusive towards ma y people on the Bounty. On the way back to England there is a mut ...more
Nafis Oli
Jul 05, 2016 Nafis Oli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
সমুদরের গলপ আমায় ভিষণ ভাবে টানে। ছোটবেলায় কতবার যে নাবিক হওয়ার সবপন দেখেছি তার হিসেব নেই। অনেক দেরিতে হলেও 'বাউনটিতে বিদরোহ' পড়ে বহুদিন পর ছোটবেলার সেই সবপনটা নিজের অজানতে জেগে উঠেছিল। ইচছে করেই ধীরেধীরে পড়লাম, ঘোরলাগাটা দীরঘ করার জনয। ইতিহাসের সতয ঘটনাকে কেনদর করে জেমস নরমযান হল ও চারলস নরডহফের লেখা অতি বিখযাত উপনযাস 'বাউনটিতে বিদরোহ/ Munity on the Bounty' সথায়ী জায়গা করে নিয়েছে আমার পাঠক হৃদয়ে। আসুন বইয়ে ফিরে দেখা যাক,

সতের বছর বয়সের তরতাজা তরুণ রজার বিয়যাম। ভাষা শিকষায় তার অসাধারণ পরতিভা। একাধ
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Josh
Sep 27, 2015 Josh rated it liked it
Interesting to read historical fiction from 1932. This novel tells the story we know, of the cruel Captain Bligh who drives Fletcher Christian to the inevitable mutiny (a version of events questioned by Caroline Alexander's excellent book The Bounty).

The authors chose an interesting way to tell the story. They take a crew of historical men, subtract one, Peter Heywood, and substitute their fictonal Roger Byam. I've never seen that trick before. It's an interesting one, but then Byam's story is m
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Chris
Jan 31, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2007
Fascinating account of an open water journey across the south Pacific. Bligh's crew mutiny and send him off the ship with a small crew of faithfuls. An expert seaman, he demonstrates incredible leadership when he pilots this small rowboat and a handful of men across hundreds of miles of open ocean. Their bravery and resourcefulness are surpassed, in my opinion, only by Earnest Shackelton who made a similar trek under conditions even more trying.
Denise Barney
Jan 15, 2016 Denise Barney rated it really liked it
This version was published in the 1930's. Roger Byam, a midshipman, is the narrator. He joins The Bounty at the suggestion of Sir Joseph Banks, as Mr. Byam (who is about to start at Oxford) has an ear for languages. His task is to complete a dictionary and a grammar of the Tahitian language.

The story follows The Bounty's trip from England, which seems doomed from the start. Bad weather delays them sailing from England until December 23, so they miss the window of good weather crossing the Horn.
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Nick Mattar
Aug 23, 2015 Nick Mattar rated it really liked it
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Sara E.
Jul 28, 2015 Sara E. rated it it was amazing
This is a stunning novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's the kind of novel you could reread because the scenes are so intense and so much happens. I highly recommend it.

Quite different from the Marlon Brando film version as I remember it. I'll soon see how much it differs from the Clark Gable/Charles Laughton version.
Annie
Mar 30, 2014 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now one of my favorite books, Mutiny on the Bounty is a classic seafaring tale with an enjoyable blend of adventure, torture, suspense, exploration of both the South Pacific and human nature, and yes, some good old mutiny. This complex tale, though wonderful to read purely as a work of fiction, should actually be thought of in the context of a true story, for that is what it was, more or less. Almost all of the events in this story are true, including the mutiny and Captain Bligh's incredible jo ...more
Antje
Jan 15, 2014 Antje rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In diesem Roman wird die Geschichte der Meuterei auf der Bounty aus der Sicht des Kadetten Roger Byams in fesselnder Weise erzählt. Selbst nicht aktiv an dem Aufstand beteiligt, muss dieser dennoch an Bord bleiben, während Captain Bligh mit achtzehn Getreuen in einer Barkasse ausgesetzt wird. Später erzählt er von seiner Zeit auf Tahiti, wo er weiter an der Vollständigkeit eines Wörterbuchs der Sprache Tahitis arbeitet, im Auftrag des berühmten Naturforschers Sir Joseph Banks. Da, der die Meuter ...more
Dw Duke
May 09, 2015 Dw Duke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mutiny on the Bounty was one of my favorite books when I was in Middle School and I read it again as an adult. We were required to read several classics and I chose Bounty. The conflict between Bligh and Christian sets the perfect foundation for the theme. Christian, from an aristocratic family serving as Assistant to First Mate was subordinate to Captain Bligh who used a forceful form of discipline of which Christian did not approve. As a Middle School student the book kept me spellbound though ...more
Patrick Gibson
Aug 12, 2016 Patrick Gibson rated it it was amazing
Spectacular read even if you don't necessarily know about sailing or anything nautical. Some of the description of sailing life on eighteenth century ships are brutal to disgusting. Then that is why they had 'press gangs" where they kidnapped people in bars and dragged them to the ship. The writing is pretty good as they form a narrative from the point of view of Midshipman Roger Byam. The villain is of course The captain William Bligh , though the narrator also humanizes him and respects his na ...more
DW
Oct 07, 2014 DW rated it really liked it
I read this in high school, but I picked it up again because I just read Sea of Glory about the US Exploring Expedition that reminded me of it.

I think I liked this book better the first time because I associated it with the movie, which I really liked. This time I noticed more how horrible Bligh and Edwards (the captain who transported the Bounty mutineers and neutrals from Tahiti to England for trial) were. It was a shift to go from the non-fiction Sea of Glory, in which Philbrick tried to writ
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Nathan
Oct 26, 2012 Nathan rated it liked it
I had never read a seafaring epic story before the classic Treasure Island and having felt yet in the mood I continued on to the well known Mutiny on the Bounty. This is a far more serious novel dealing with much more mature themes. It took me a bit of time to get into the pacing of the narrative since it follows a much more patient pace than more modern novels. At times I felt myself wishing he would get to the point more quickly but tried to chalk that up to my contemporary attention span. The ...more
Caitlin
Aug 07, 2012 Caitlin rated it really liked it
This book documents the fictionalized tale of the true story of several crew members who led a mutiny against the Captain of the Bounty.

The book is narrated by Roger Byam, whose main job on the ship is to make a dictionary of the Tahitian language while they are on their trip to the West Indies aboard the ship Bounty. The boat sets sail in 1787, and you get to meet the crew. It becomes immediately obvious that Captain Bligh is not a particularly kind-hearted man, and the crew begin to suffer. Li
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Robert W
Sep 18, 2007 Robert W rated it really liked it
This is another one I read a long time ago—in 1985 I believe, the first summer I went to sea on a seismic boat. I brought books with me that were either nautical or “exotic” to my then 22 year old mind. I brought Mutiny, Moby Dick, a Borges story collection, and Guerillas by V.S. Naipaul. The latter two were “exotic” in my mind by virtue of being writers from little known (by me) third world countries. Anyway, Naipaul and Borges subsequently became two of my favorite writers. But I loved Mutiny ...more
Scott Williams
Jan 04, 2015 Scott Williams rated it it was amazing
This is a compelling, first person fiction based on the historical mutiny on the Bounty. I found it quite difficult to put down. I read most of it in one long night. There were times I forgot it was fiction, so well were the characters defined and so honest the voice of the narrator.

I have always been drawn to tales of adventure on the seas. I wish heartily that I had the courage and fortitude to become a sailor myself but, at least I have books like this one to enjoy the experience vicariously
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Benjamin Brown
Apr 14, 2015 Benjamin Brown rated it it was amazing
I love this trilogy. It is written in an interesting way, and the authors do a good job of creating the story for parts that weren't recorded, such as the events on Pitcairn's Island. After I read this trilogy, I read William Bligh's journal that he kept after the mutiny. The second book in the trilogy, "Men Against the Sea", is based on his journal. It is an amazing story. I constantly looked at maps of the pacific ocean, Tahiti, and Pitcairn's Island while I read these books.
Jean
Sep 04, 2009 Jean rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
The last time I took an ocean voyage through a book was when I read Moby Dick (everything I never wanted to know about the whaling industry). I was, therefore, reluctant to embark upon this hard life again, but was goaded into it by Mr. Laughlin, the 7th grade language teacher. So now I can say I made it to Tahiti and back and survived the harrowing trials of sea life and mutiny. I was interested to learn that this book is based on a real event. The narrative was compelling, but somehow I was ne ...more
Bob
I read this book over and over . . . and over . . . and over, when I was growing up. I was endlessly fascinated by the romance of the sea, the details of shipboard life, the well-drawn personalities of each of the Bounty's officers and crew, the alluring Polynesian women, and of course by the brutality of captain Bligh, the tragedy of Fletcher Christian, and the buildup of suspense around the fate of poor, innocent Roger Byam.

I was shocked to learn, a few years ago, that historians have conclud
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Susan
Jan 13, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic-fiction
Somehow I had missed reading this classic sea novel about a clash of two officers on a ship bound for Tahiti. Bad feelings and dealing led to a mutiny on the return trip to England. Innocent sailors who did not choose sides were caught in the middle. The novel follows one such young sailor with his views on both sides. Loved getting caught up in this novel and a pristine Tahiti before English influence upset the balance of nature and the civilization of the native peoples.
Todd
Aug 07, 2011 Todd added it
One of the greatest pieces of work inspired by actual events and THE best sea-faring story ever. The genius of the story is that it is narrated by it's one invented character, a young midshipman who grows to manhood through his experience on the voyage, through the mutiny, his life on the island of Tahiti, and his forced return to England. This is my second time reading the work and I found it as much of a page-turner as the first time. It is followed by two lesser known but equally strong works ...more
Bruce
Jul 24, 2016 Bruce rated it it was amazing
A wonderful adventure of the tyrannical Captain Bligh, the moody Fletcher Christian, the dignified people of the Tahitian islands, and the harsh British Rule of the Sea. The story is told with direct narrative,no modern devices for character or plot. This is the first novel of a trilogy, made famous for my generation by the movie starring Charles Laughton - I kept thinking about how Hollywood should update it. Great stuff!
David  Shannon
Dec 24, 2015 David Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful and exciting tale

Having thoroughly enjoyed Melville's White Jacket and Typee I read Mutiny on the Bounty as a follow up. Where White Jacket is a detailed account of life aboard an American sailing warship and Typee a detailed account of life of natives of the south sea Mutiny has it all with a much more captivating and entertaining narrative.
Jayson Shafer
May 18, 2016 Jayson Shafer rated it really liked it
This book ''Mutiny on the Bounty'' by Charles Bernard Nordhooff is a very intertaing book. The book would get boring a lot of times for me but that might just be me. But every time it got boring to me they would do somthing else that would get my attention. If you like books with adventure and mistury you should really read ''Mutiny on the Bounty''
Wala2
رواية مشوقة موضوعها مشوق وفي غاية الروعة، أعجبتني القصة كثيرا لكن لم تعجبني نهاية الكابتن بلاي كان يستحق آكثر من ذلك لربما الإعدام شنقا هو ما يستحقه ، ولو كنت مكان رودجر بايام لما تركت زوجتي وطفلتي وانطلقت للسفينة الإنكليزية حتى وان كانوا قد لفقوا لي تهمة التمرد على سفينة الباونتي .

لن أذكر تفاصيل آكثر ، أتمنى لكم الإستمتاع ^_^
Dylan
Jan 10, 2016 Dylan rated it liked it
Classic sea adventure, most of which is concerned with the aftermath of the titular mutiny. The true story of the Bounty is fascinating enough to require little embellishment, and Nordhoff and Hall did a solid job of fleshing it out without diverging too far from history. I would say, though, that a more complex, morally ambiguous version of this story might be worth telling as well. In particular, the protagonist Roger Byam is a blandly whitewashed version of his real-life counterpart; he's an ...more
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This describes the 20th century novelist, most famous for Mutiny on the Bounty. For the 19th century journalist and author, see Charles Nordhoff.

Charles Bernard Nordhoff was an English-born American novelist and traveler.
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The Bounty Trilogy (3 books)
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