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Mutiny on the Bounty
John Boyne
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Mutiny on the Bounty

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,982 Ratings  ·  170 Reviews
An action-packed fictional telling of the events on the HMS Bounty.

Fourteen-year-old John Jacob Turnstile has gotten into trouble with the police on one too many occasions and is on his way to prison when an offer is put to him - a ship has been refitted over the last few months and is about to set sail with an important mission. The boy who was expected to serve as the ca
ebook, 496 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by Anchor Canada (first published January 1st 2008)
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Nick Pageant
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, gen-fic
Wow. Incredible rethinking of The Mutiny on the Bounty. This book filters everything you think you know through the eyes of a 14 year old narrator who is a little too wise to the ways of the world. The voice of this kid was hilarious. Imagine Charles Dickens telling you the story of the Bounty through the voice of The Artful Dodger. Great, great book.
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
Aug 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
This book had me intrigued more than I would have thought after holding it in my hands for the first of many times (and has lead me to write my first review here). Not only is the protagonist very likeable, but also has the crew's voyage been described in a very detailed and enthralling way.

The first part was used to introduce the protagonist, John Jacob Turnstile. It needed the second part, the voyage by ship, to get me invested though. The author was capable of telling this story by brutally d
This book deserves all the stars and more. It's one of them 6/5 star books for me.
This is perhaps my favourite book that I've read in 2015 as of yet.
The way in which Boyne portrays John Jacob Turnstile to be just another person in society , however seem to value the right morals in which others in society did not, which made society corrupt at the time. It slightly reminds me of the Inspector in Priestley's 'An Inspector Calls'.
Boyne successfully portrays a very realistic view point on sexual ab
Jacoline Maes
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
De schrijfstijl

Ik had in eerste instantie moeite om in het boek te komen. Het boek is mooi geschreven, maar niet erg makkelijk en er is in het begin weinig actie. Het boek heeft lang liggen wachten tot ik het afgelopen maand weer oppakte. Gelukkig besloot ik om nu gewoon door te lezen en een stuk verder begint het verhaal wel echt boeiend te worden en hoe verder ik in het boek kwam, hoe sneller mijn leestempo werd. Dit is dus een boek waarbij je moet doorzetten, maar dit was het voor mij uiteind
Toni Osborne
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Shahr Baran
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
کلا من داستانهای در مورد کشتی های قدیمی ودریا واینجور چیزها رو خیلی دوست دارم ..کتابش که عالی بود وقشنگ تر از اون فیلم کلاسیکی از این رمان با بازی مارلون براندو وموسیقی عالی برانیسلا کیپر..پیشنهاد میکنم یا کتابش رو بخونین ویا علاقمندان به فیلمهای کلاسیک فیلمش رو ببینن
Een heel ander boek dan ik had verwacht.
Ik weet niet zo goed hoe ik het moet waarderen:
4 sterren voor de goede stukken, en 2 voor degene die mij minder aanspraken?

Eric Boot
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't expect I'd like it, but I did. Nice quick and easy read ;)
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Много раз рассказанная история обрела новую жизнь в романе Бойна.
Как часто у автора в центре повествования не героические личности, а подросток, который воспринимает события через свои мысли, свое мировоззрение. отсюда достаточно большая непосредственность. Читатель в центре событий, он принимает все достаточно незамутненно.
Историчность книги заканчивается на перечислении событий, реперных точек путешествия. Однако беллетристические способности Бойна на высоте - он каждое событие умеет преподать
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
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
I learned a lot about the mutiny of the Bounty; this book definitely led me to do a bit of research on the actual happenings, and this book was pretty true to history.

The main character, Turnstile, is likeable enough, but honestly, there was just too much sexual content that didn't end up serving any kind of a point (yes, I understand that he is a 14yo boy with a troubled past, but still). It was mentioned over and over again, and given Turnstile's background, I thought some kind of point would
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: discard
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
Prachtige roman over een jongen die na de zoveelste misstap (en niet door eigen keuze) op het marine schip de Bounty terecht komt als scheepsjongen. Dit is een leven welke hij totaal niet kent maar hij heeft een groot aanpassingsvermogen en is snel gewend. Al heeft hij op de Bounty een uitzonderingspositie die maakt dat hij eigenlijk geen vrienden aan boord heeft. Het boek wordt verteld vanuit het perspectief van de jongen. Alsof dat hij zijn herinneringen opschrijft. Het de jongen in de gestree ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've read this year. I haven't finished learning about the mutiny. In fact, it's just started. Looking forward to now reading the author's references. To say that I'm obsessed with this story is an understatement.
Natalia-mario Kim
Una lectura divertida y tragica a la vez, tocando temas con el encanto que solo Boyle tiene. Como otros comentarios mencionan tiene la cantidad precisa de terminos tecnicos para ilustrar al lector sin caer en una libro sobre navegacion.
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muiterij op de Bounty, verteld door de 14-jarige scheepsjongen. Ik vond het erg leuk!
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Бойн наконец-то перестал безуспешно пытаться запихнуть глубинный смысл туда, где его быть не может, как результат получилось очень приличное чтиво.

Nunca leáis este libro. Es una pérdida de tiempo.
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
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who knew that John Boyne wrote lots of other books before the award-winning Boy in the Striped Pajamas? I didn't but was lent this by a friend and loved it. The narrator is 14 year old John Jacob Turnstile, who for years has been working as a pickpocket for the despicable Mr Lewis (who has other tasks for the older boys in his "care" in the evenings). John is pretty good at stealing, but on this occasion is caught and hauled up before the beak. By a strange turn of fate, he is offered the chance ...more
Sasha Ustyuzhanina
Книгу Женя подарила на Новый год. Как и Мисс Черити, Бунт на Баунти - детская литература только формально, главному герою 14 лет, так более чем универсальное чтение. Это скорее роман воспитания, чем приключенческий роман. Судьба мальчишки-уличного воровки тут главенствует над штормами, парусами, палубами и матчами. Вообще название отчасти обманчиво, потому что сам бунт происходит только в последней трети книги и происходит довольно прозаично. Интриги на корабле такие вялотекущие, что считай их и ...more
Marina  Kozlova
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Известная история звучит совсем иначе когда о ней рассказывает 14-летний подросток, хотя с историческими фактами Бойн старается обращаться уважительно. Читается на одном дыхании, будь я подростком, точно читала бы ее с фонариком ночами. Все что нужно для хорошей приключенческой книги в ней есть: злодеи и герои, любовь и отчаяние, море и бури. Ну, пожалуй, чуть перебор с анатомическими подробностями.
Trevlig historia och ett fantastiskt äventyr.
David Gill
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 17th-century
Enjoyed this book throughout. Whilst telling a true story it read like a novel with a lot of historical details about life in the navy and life aboard ship in the 18th century.
Татьяна Штабель
Сначала подкинула книжку сыну, потому что Юзефович написала, что отличная книжка для подростков, а потом начала читать сама и забрала книжку у сына, потому что рановато:)
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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 won the Curtis Brown prize. In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by UEA.

John Boyne is the author of ten novels for adults and five for young readers, as well as a collection of short stories.

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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.” 36 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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