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The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
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Jan 04, 2011

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Read from December 27, 2010 to January 04, 2011

I saw the film some two decades ago, and I heard Bogart's voice every time Queeg opened his mouth. But this book is less like the film and more like the description of war (and my job in flight control at the airport)--long periods of leisurely description punctuated by brief explosions of action. Characters developed, their depths were plumbed, and then they transferred or got killed or were sent home.
There's a long gentle arc to the story, for the most part, and the book is about Willie Keith's trajectory. I sometimes found myself tempted to flip ahead to see if anything started happening, but this was a well written book and if nothing else I know a lot more about the USN in WWII.

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