The Caine Mutiny
I'd wait 6 months or a year then watch the movie. Watching it right after reading it will undoubtedly be disappointing. Watching after a little time will be highly enjoyable though. (less)
- Jack Nicholson as Colonel Nathan Jessep, in A Few Good Men
THE CAINE MUTINY begins with character development of Willie Keith, his affluent family and worries over the possible consequences of having an immigrant girlfriend as he goes from being a spoiled, immature Princeton grad and amateur pianist to life in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
This brilliant classic work follows Willie aboard ship where we see how the men live, eat and occasionally sleep while performing their duties in an environment filled with daily...more
The Caine Mutiny, happens on an old rustbucket of a tow ship called the Caine. Thoughout the book, Wouk teases us, making us hungry for the moment when the crew of the ship blows its collective gasket. It was long in coming, but when it did, the cour ...more
10. Wouk's clear, compelling, Pulitzer Prize winning prose.
9. The boredom of military service, even in wartime, has never been so interesting.
8. The USS Caine DMS feels like home -- no matter who's in command.
7. The ineluctable build of Queeg's collapse.
6. Willie's slow and certain becoming.
5. Keefer's behaviour insuring that no side is "right."
4. The best novelized military trial ever written.
3. The complexity of Wouk's characters, even when the ...more
The setting is a destroyer mine sweeper, the USS Caine, during the Second World War. It is dilapidated; it is old. You do not visit different places; you are practically always out on the sea and you are stuck on one lousy boat. The jargon is nautical, and I am no expert in that. The characters are the crew-- but each man goes by their rank, and they change rank, their first name, their last name and their nicknames. Surprisin ...more
I suppose most will know at least the outline of the story here as it's not only a novel, but a play and a movie. I'll still try to avoid spoilers here for those who haven't run across it in any form. Let me say that the book doesn't fall easily into one category. It's a ...more
Waok created one of the clearest, most memorable characters in American fiction in Captain Queeg. He is a despicable, weak, insecure bully, and he deserves the hatred and lack of r ...more
The book has its flaws: there is some extraneous material in the first half that could have been cut down, there are a few instances of an awkward secondary character point of view, and there is a generous sprinkling of those pesky adverbs that everyone seems to equate with literary leprosy these days.
But the events immediately preceding the mutiny, the actual mutiny itself and the subsequent court martia ...more
First time I have read this one, although have seen the movie oh so many times. This review assumes you have seen the movie, if not don't read ahead.
The film version is brilliant and certainly captures some aspects of the book. The film and the book both have the sucker-punch involving involving the speech by the lawyer Greenwald after most of the book deals with the crew and the infamous Captain Queeg.
The novel though has a different narrative through the eyes of "Willie" Keith. An ...more
The book starts out with young, naïve, slight spoiled Willie Keith getting drafted into the Army ...more
Author Herman Wouk also makes a spectacular show of the same skill in his depiction of the disturbed Philip Queeg, Captain of the U.S.S. Caine, in his ...more
Brilliant work. Being an old Navy man myself and having spent 3 years on a Guided Missile Cruiser (USS Jouett CG-29) I was really able to relate to the details of the life of a sailor at sea, including the experience of sailing through a typhoon.
I grew a little impatient in the beginning, but my journey with Willy Keith, the spoiled, soft, Princeton boy really took hold of me and immersed me into the story as I saw him make his way through the ranks of officers aboard the USS Caine. Even the ro ...more
The author kept me hooked with a great plot. He built the suspense that led to the inevitable event of mutiny. There were also wonderful characters that were well defined. I loved the emotional depth and how detailed the relation ...more
1001 stars! Oh my word, this book! No matter what I say, I will not give this book, nor the author the due credit they deserve!
This is why I began my Pulitzer Prize reading challenge - to read books that impact me on every conceivable level, in a good way! Last night, after I finished reading the chapter titled 'The Mutiny,' I closed my book, rolled over, and began to pray out of anguish. FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT REAL!!!!!!!! And today, today! I was so nervous reading t ...more
The Caine Mutiny is a fascinating l ...more
Wouk's writing and the way he composes sentences is outstanding, and I even had to stop every now and then to write down a particularly spectacular paragraph.
Wouk does a beautiful job of developing all characters, and he made me chuckle more than once. Everything just flows naturally. The dialogue, the story, the background - I loved reading this, and despite its length never ...more
A Few Good Men, there was Herman Wouk's 1952 Pulitzer Prize Winning Caine Mutiny. Wouk also wrote the Broadway Play of The Caine Mutiny.
It is conceivable that most unusual and extraordinary circumstances may arise in which the relief from duty of a commanding officer by a subordinate becomes necessary, either by placing him under arrest or on the sick list; but such action shall never be take ...more
Favorite quote: “The Navy is a master plan designed by geniuses for execution by idiots. If you are not an idiot, but find yourself in the Navy, you ca ...more
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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 earne ...more