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Mutiny on the Bounty

(The Bounty Trilogy #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  14,622 ratings  ·  315 reviews
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. ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 11th 1989 by Back Bay Books (first published 1932)
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Rob Lawson The person that the character of Roger Byam is based on, Peter Heywood, died in 1831. Nordhoff and Hall may have changed the chronology in regard to t…moreThe person that the character of Roger Byam is based on, Peter Heywood, died in 1831. Nordhoff and Hall may have changed the chronology in regard to the life of the historical person, and didn't pay attention to the history of England.(less)

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M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
I read this a LONG time ago when I was... fuck, I don't remember. I think I was in middle school. What I do remember is that I enjoyed this book, even though now I don't remember much of it aside one part about breadfruit. I really ought to re-read this book and enjoy it from an adult perspective.

Historical note - the mutiny happened on 28 April 1789. This book, however, was published in 1932.
Daniel Villines
Mutiny on the Bounty is THE classic tale of mutiny on the high seas. I believe that anytime the word "mutiny" is spoken or read, the Bounty is the ship that flashes through the mind. Given this widespread notoriety, I was disappointed with its actual content.

I thought that Nordhoff overdramatized both sides of the mutiny. The crew were turned into victims for having to suffer the norms of an ordinary seaman’s life. And the integrity of an accomplished naval sea captain was sacrificed so that he
Mar 05, 2008 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
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Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
As a young girl in the 1960s and 1970s I found that reading allowed me to travel, escape, dream and survive epic adventures. Many, many times my dad entered my room long past bedtime to take from me the flashlight that I was using to read while under the covers. I fell in love with adventurous and mysterious stories because they made me feel like I was living that kind of life.

Recently, I found myself awake at 3 am and arguing with myself that it was time to push the stop button on this audiobo

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
ElizaBeth Comencant
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Okay, so I was in between books and decided to go back and read this one, which, if I am being honest, I never read in high school when I was supposed to. It is a LONG read, but I am glad I read it. The narrator's story is told plainly, with a fine attention to detail. I can't say I loved how it all went down, and several of the character's stories were quite poignant. Still, I am happy I chose to read this again as an adult, and recommend it for anyone who thinks they remember it from school. I ...more
Mar 02, 2014 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
Pasan Rajadasa
Jul 27, 2016 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.
Christopher Hallahan
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Erik Graff
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Though fiction, this book is based on actual events. I read it for pleasure during high school, possibly after having seen one of the movie versions.
Feb 26, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An eloquently told epic of the hard life at sea. It is easy to see why this has become a Classic!
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best known classic sea adventure stories. Based on a true event.
"There is one matter we will decide once and for all," said Christian. He began, quietly, "and that is who is to be captain of this ship. I have taken her with your help, in order to be rid of a tyrant who was made life a burden to all of us. Make no mistake about our status from this time on. We are mutineers, and if we should be discovered and taken by one of His Majesty's vessels, not a man of us but will suffer death. That possibility is not so remote as some of you may think. Should Mr. Bli
Judy  Monchuk
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Mutiny on the Bounty to fulfill a Read Harder challenge of finishing a book I hated or left unfinished. I was supposed to read it in high school and just could not get past the second page.
For much of this reading, I was in agreement with my 15-year-old self. This is not my kind of book.
The seafaring life is brutal and the history of life on the seas is not my idea of romance.

But here's the thing: Capt. Bligh, Christian Fletcher and The Bounty were all real. And the story, depicting th
Eric Olsen
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tale of an impetous moment by Fletcher Christian to overthrow Captain Bligh, which set a whole series of events in motion, jeopardizing the lives of others, bringing tradegy to many, and ending in a bizarre, violent saga at Pitcairn's Island. Although it was truly a mutiny, Captain Bligh's actions and character helped to greatly fuel the the discontent. Captain Bligh's actions opened many paths for the men on the Bounty...Fletcher Christian seized one of those paths and seemingly regretted it hi ...more
May 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, classics
The story is interesting. All the nautical directions at the beginning almost caused me to quit the book but I powered through and then enjoyed a good part of the detailed retelling. I had to read a little about the story to fill in some of the gaps.
Sam Rennick
Nov 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
If you are into seafaring tales, this one deserves a high place on your list. If you are searching for a book that will put a smile on your face, look elsewhere. This is a harsh tale. I'll issue a spoiler alert here. Captain Bligh of HMS Bounty brings unmitigated cruelty to his post, and because he necessarily has absolute command, the crew are helpless. Mutiny, of course, is a capital offense, but some of the crew refuse to take it any longer, and seize the ship. Bligh and those loyal to him ar ...more
Oct 16, 2022 added it
Shelves: kaplan
better than crusoe. i liked this even more because i didn't have to write a paper on it. ...more
Oct 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful novel and I’ve been wanting to read this for awhile. Glad to have finally done it. Not disappointed.
Richard Knight
Nov 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written, but deeply sad book. It's both an adventure story and also a meditation on change and getting old. It's so much better than the movies, and the movies are pretty good. I loved this. ...more
Marty Reeder
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Who doesn’t love a good story of redemption?!

Oh, did you think I was talking about Mutiny on the Bounty? I suppose that could apply, but I was actually talking about my sister. Waves of controversy slapped across the internet a couple months ago when I posted my negative review of The Road to Little Dribbling which was recommended to me by my little sis. Had I forever damaged our tight relationship? Were we never going to talk literature again? Was she going to take the drastic step of endorsing
Abdullahmd Wasim
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
good description. but, the ending is heart touching and too much emotional.
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Paul Cornelius
For the first time in 50 years, I have just finished rereading Mutiny on the Bounty. After all that time, it still retained its vividness and pace. It remains a great adventure story. And it still appeals to me.

A few things to remark upon regarding what I see in its origins and structure:

First, the power of the storytelling is immense. The narrative is clean, punctuated with just the right moves to advance to the next level of the tale. I'm imagining that the strong structure of the novel is du
Bill Buckley
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I saw this movie a while back starring Marlon Brando. Story of Captain William Bligh, Fletcher Christian and the rest of the crew of this English ship during the 1700's.

The part of the story which dealt with the island nation of Tahiti was pretty good. Tropical paradise! Some of the mutineers were hung and some aquitted. There are 3 books, the other 2 dealing with the fates of Bligh and Christian, which I may get to in the future.
Jan 31, 2009 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. ...more
Jun 09, 2015 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.
The beginning was promisingly told, but then I found the time onboard ship to be tedious. I didn't really become invested in Byam's fate... though I was saddened and outraged by his return trip to Tahiti 20 years later. ...more
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well written: historical novel written well! Wow!
Jul 27, 2022 rated it liked it
It was fine and the story kept me wanting to read but I felt like the end was too focused on things I didn’t care about. Show me more Tahiti!
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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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