The Caine Mutiny

The Caine Mutiny The Novel That Inspired The Now Classic Film The Caine Mutiny And The Hit Broadway Play The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Herman Wouk S Boldly Dramatic, Brilliantly Entertaining Novel Of Life And Mutiny On A Navy Warship In The Pacific Theater Was Immediately Embraced, Upon Its Original Publication In , As One Of The First Serious Works Of American Fiction To Grapple With The Moral Complexities And The Human Consequences Of World War II In The Intervening Half Century, The Caine Mutiny Has Become A Perennial Favorite Of Readers Young And Old, Has Sold Millions Of Copies Throughout The World, And Has Achieved The Status Of A Modern Classic

Herman Wouk was a bestselling, Pulitzer Prize winning Jewish American author with a number of notable novels to his credit, including The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War, and War and Remembrance.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

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  • Paperback
  • 537 pages
  • The Caine Mutiny
  • Herman Wouk
  • English
  • 04 October 2019
  • 9780316955102

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  1. says:

    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 taken without the approval of the Navy Department or other appropriate higher authority, except when reference to such higher authority is undoubtedly impracticable because of the delay involved or for other clearly obvious reason Herman Wouk The action of this book occurs on a World War Two minesweeper ship and the reason why the actions of the ship and crew seem so realistic is because Herman Wouk actually served on two different minesweepers during the war He wrote his first book Aurora Dawnand found out it was accepted while he was stationed at Okinawa Wouk superimposes that event on the character Tom Keefer, the man who spends time writing than he does worrying about the rules and regs imposed by the captain U.S.S Hamilton minesweeper which was the basis for the U.S.S Caine The Caine Mutiny was Wouk s second book and hit the market like a bombshell It was reprinted 14 times in 1951, the initial year of publication and then 7 additional times in the following year The library copy that I read devotes a page showing the printings and how many books were printed each time As a collector I love information like that and wish that publishers would provide that information in books being currently published The book went on to win the Pulitzer Prize I have been interested of late in reading some of the post World War Two literature that the reading public couldn t seem to get enough of back in the 1950s I hope to eventually read Nicholas Monsarrat,James Jones, John Hersey, and Irwin Shawto name a few If anyone has a post World War Two book that you feel I should definitely read please do not be shy Another interesting fact about Herman Wouk is that he is STILL ALIVE It didn t even cross my mind that he could still be making motion on this planet He is 97 years old I have not seen the movie inspired by the book, but by all accounts it is really well done Humphrey Bogart dropped his asking price to secure the role of Captain Queeg It was a role he was familiar with as a loner, unwilling to accept help from friends or suffer insults from enemies Bogart as Captain QueegThe story is told through the eyes of Willie Keith A man boy who joins the Navy simply so he won t get drafted by the Army His family is very wealthy and his life is really concerned about a series of parties than about a war being fought in the Pacific He plays piano and meets a girl named May Wynn, a nightclub singer from the wrong side of the tracks She is breathtakingly beautiful with red hair, snappy with dialogue, and though his intention is to just have fun with her their relationship becomescomplicated The problem is that she is descended from not only poor Italian immigrants, but also rather unattractive parents Keith despite his best efforts can not see a meshing between his upper crust family and the family from the wrong side of the tracks Actress Donna Lee Hickey who played May Wynn in the movie.The actress Donna Lee Hickey who played May Wynn in the movie actually kept the name after the movie and continued to perform under that moniker for the rest of her life Keith goes through many painful realizations about his relationship with May He breaks up with her He then begs for her to come back When he later in the story comes home to find her and is upset that she is with someone else May crystallizes it for him I don t have to listen to you get nasty Just remember, my friend, you kicked me to the gutter If somebody picked me up what do you care Of course, don t we expect people to pine for us, waiting on a meat hook for us for the rest of their lives Captain Queeg joins the ship and finds that the Captain preceding him has been rather lax with regulations He imposes stricter guidelines which at first is a relief to Keith, but when he gets on the wrong side of Queeg his opinion of the man changes very quickly After a series of mishaps caused by the Captain s decision making and the inability of the Captain to accept any responsibility for his mistakes the crew turns against him As the Captain feels this shift his behavior becomes erratic and soon even the officers start to turn against him The novelist Tom Keefer sums up Queeg About a week after Queeg came aboard I realized he was a psychopath The shirttail obsession, the little rolling balls, the inability to look you in the eye, the talking in secondhand phrases and slogans, the ice cream mania, the seclusion why, the man s a Freudian delight He crawls with clues But that doesn t matter Some of my best friends are psychopaths It could be argued that I m one The thing is, Queeg is an extreme case, bordering on the twilight zone between eccentricity and real psychosis And because he s a coward, I think that being in a combat zone is beginning to drive him over the red line. Where this book really shines is in probing the effects of extreme conditions on individuals and how they react under those conditions I m still amazed how Wouk deftly turns us against Captain Queeg and then as the plot advances starts to shift our opinions back the other direction We see Willie Keith evolve from a love sick, immature, self centered jerk into a real man He owes the war Without the war I m not sure that Willie Keith would have ever become a man worth occupying space on the planet After the trial the officers who were so critical of Captain Queeg are they themselves tested and in some cases they are weighed and found to be wanting Keith is tested and stands up to the pressure, but still comes away with understanding of the mental fatigue that plagues anyone in authority When the Caine is hit by a Japanese kamikaze plane the reality of the war hits him square between the eyes Kamikaze plane coming in Willie was used to the sight of dead people He had seen a few relatives laid out in plush lined boxes in the amber gloom of funeral chapels, with an organ mourning sweetly through loudspeakers and a heavy smell of flowers filling the air No undertaker had intervened, however, to prettify the death of Horrible The water washed away for a few seconds, and the lantern beam showed the sailor clearly, pinned down and crushed by the battered engine of the Jap plane, his face and his dungarees black with grease The sight reminded Willie of the mashed squirrels he had often seen lying on the roads of Manhasset on autumn mornings It was shocking to soak in, all in an instant, the fact that people are as soft and destructible as squirrels What really worked for me in this book was the change in perspective from the jocular style at the beginning of the novel to the wise eyes of the characters by the end of the novel It was as if we were allowed to see the maturing of the writer as he was writing the novel Highly recommended

  2. says:

    Excellent My first Super Favorite of 2017.

    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 and nightly chaos and disruption under the command of a nauseating, deceitful, paranoid and cowardly crazy lunatic Captain.

    A truly captivating story with many I can t believe this moments and a dramatic highly effective ending I thought fit the bill.

    It is interesting to note that Wouk s own personal experiences aboard a destroyer minesweeper in the pacific during WWII influenced parts of this novel

    Update February 16, 2017 Watched the movie with Bogey playing the part of crazy Captain Queeg, and found it to be very similar to the book except for Willie Keith s girlfriend May who has a much complicated personality in the novel making for a much interesting ending For me, overall, the written word was better than the visual expressing feeling and a bit detail

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    Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns Who s gonna do it You I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines You have that luxury You have the luxury of not knowing what I know that Santiago s death, while tragic, probably saved lives And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives Jack Nicholson as Colonel Nathan Jessep, in A Few Good Men See, while I was studying law n old Keefer here was writing his play for the Theatre Guild, and Willie here was on the playing fields of Princeton, all that time these birds we call regulars these stuffy, stupid Prussians, in the Navy and the Army were manning guns Course they weren t doing it to save my mom from Hitler, they were doing it for dough, like everybody else does what they do Question is, in the last analysis last analysis what do you do for dough Commander Queeg , for dough, was standing guard on this fat dumb and happy country of ours Barney Greenwald in Herman Wouk s The Caine Mutiny The Caine Mutiny is a turducken of a book Its 537 pages are overstuffed with plots, subplots, and narrative excursions with main characters, secondary characters, and cameos Somewhere between the covers is a taut, 200 page legal thriller arising from the titular mutiny aboard the USS Caine, and the subsequent court martial I suspect some people will find the book bloated, and dislike or avoid it Others, and I count myself among them, love it for that very reason This Pulitzer Prize winning novel is Tolstoyean in its scope and ambitions For those with the patience to settle in and let a story unfold at its own pace, it has many rewards This is first and foremost a war novel, and a classic to boot But it s not your typical war novel There is hardly a battle worth mentioning just a few shots fired, and a lone kamikaze In its way, it is representative than its action packed predecessors Only a fraction of soldiers and sailors actually experienced the terrible contest of battle Most served in support roles, away from the front lines The old, decrepit destroyer minesweeper USS Caine serves on the fringes of war She seldom sweeps any mine Most of the time, she is relegated to escort duty or target towing The sailors aboard her, most of them civilians just a short time before, are trying to get by as best they can Here, boredom, tedium, and low grade discomfort rule Their greatest enemy is never the Japanese it is rather their new commander, the high strung Philip Francis Queeg Queeg is Wouk s greatest creation A paranoid Ahab who seems, at first blush, to be tyrannical, despotic, unbalanced, mendacious, and a coward The officers aboard the Caine, especially the resident novelist, Lt Keefer something of a stand in for Wouk , think him mad Queeg s incompetence poor ship handling, blame distribution, jumpiness under fire lend credence to this belief Wouk never allows you to get too comfortable with this idea, though For The Caine Mutiny is also a psychological study, and it is always framing and reframing the story, so that the reader is never quite sure what to conclude Is Queeg, in fact, mentally ill Or are his officers, in fact, mutinously disloyal The dialectic continues really until the last page Much of The Caine Mutiny a is Campbell esque hero s journey, except that in the world of destroyer minesweepers, there aren t really heroes The main character, the man we follow most closely Wouk employs an authoritarian, godlike third person perspective is young Lt j.g Willie Keith In Wouk s prologue, he portentously intones that the story to follow turns on Keith s personality as the massive door of a vault turns on a small jewel bearing Before we get to that point, however, we follow Willie through midshipmen school, to his posting on an admiral s staff in Hawaii, and finally to his placement as communications officer on the Caine We are also treated to his endless, consistently irritating relationship with lounge singer May Wynn Of all the digressions Wouk takes, this is the hardest to bear Yet, if it was taken away, I think it d make for a lesser novel In The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, Wouk gave us War and Peace transplanted to World War II Those two massive novels are unparalleled reading experiences In them, Wouk attempts to swallow the world He tries to balance the cosmic with the intimate to weigh the sheer scale of a world war against the concerns, fears, hopes, and doubts of individuals Wouk does a similar thing here, though on a lesser scale He enjoys positioning the tininess of the Caine s role against the massive backdrop of the Pacific War He comments on the inability of the Caine s officers and men to understand their place in the grand scheme of things Wouk points out that we readers have an advantage over his characters, in that they cannot see over the horizon This proves an effective technique in giving you an understanding of what it might have been like to serve in the backwater of the greatest conflict to ever roil the earth Wouk served on a destroyer minesweeper during World War II, and his evocation of the experience is almost tactile You spend a lot of time on the old Caine, with her peeling paint, her rusted deck, rank with the smell of sweat and stack gas Wouk nails the monotony, the rhythms, and the protocols of naval service Most of Wouk s characters are reservists or draftees, who don t respect or understand the Navy s processes Threaded into the narrative is Wouk s defense of the institution, even when it seems aggressively wrongheaded It feels like the lessons that Willie learn throughout the novel are the ones that Wouk himself probably learned In an almost apologetic forward, Wouk stresses that this is a fictional work, lest one think that such a thing as mutiny could ever happen in the U.S Navy The pivotal moment of The Caine Mutiny is a typhoon At the height of the storm, the executive officer Maryk a decent man a fisherman perhaps the most likeable character in a book that is short on truly likeable characters decides to remove Queeg from command using Article 184 This act gives the novel its title surprisingly, though, it does not come across as a climax It almost seems buried, arriving somewhere in the middle of a relatively hefty tome.As a writer, Wouk has been damned by faint praise He won the Pulitzer, but critics today tend to compliment him by focusing on the level of his ambition, rather than the crafting of his prose, or the validity of his insights Partially, this is a tonal critique Wouk is generally pro military and sees war as a sometimes necessary evil, positions that never fit with postwar, Vietnam influenced classics like Catch 22.In terms of style, he is not formally daring, I suppose This isn t Mailer A certain strand of conservatism runs through this work and also The Winds of War and War and Remembrance He has wiped away the general obscenity and blasphemy of shipboard talk in order to avoid in his words annoying some readers The existence of sex and talk about sex is acknowledged as a possibility, but never described in detail The result can be a little jarring A story of shipboard life that feels absolutely true and, at the same time, patently false With that said, I think Wouk deserves a lot acclaim As in, he might be the best war novelist of all time He is the master of the epic His characters are interesting and fully realized It is telling that none of the people in The Caine Mutiny are all good or all bad They all have dimension Willie is our protagonist, but he is as callow and irritating as hell for much of the time Wouk s sense of place is spot on He is a grand assembler of detail, so that the novel s world envelops you, whether that s the Caine s wardroom or a dingy New York City lounge The dialogue, especially the court martial, is also quite sharp, good enough to be transplanted almost verbatim into the film version featuring Humphrey Bogart s towering performance as Queeg The Caine Mutiny is a masterpiece, a powerful study of command, of loyalty, and of duty, set on one of the most unlikely stages of all the antique decks of a misfit ship sailing at the outer periphery of world historical events.

  4. says:

    What sets Herman Wouk apart from his successors is his understanding of both characterization and plotting He is great at both The Winds of War books, appearing than 20 years from The Caine Mutiny, are equally brilliant The man was a prodigy.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 courtroom scenes didn t disappoint.The book revolves around Willie Kieth, who is the only character whose private life is shown If he is the main character, he is marginally so His friends are Steve Maryk, and Tom Keefer, and his antagonist is Commander Queeg I had a lot of fun reading this book The verisimilitude laces and binds the mechanism of life in the Navy, during WW2 What an experience A fully deserved Pulitzer Prize.

  5. says:

    My favorite Pulitzer Prize winning fiction novel Why It is set in World War II and it just tells a story, no deep intellectual meaning, no homosexual subtext, no infidelity, no sex, no profanity for profanity s sake, etc etc Just a good story and in the end you don t know who you want to root for.

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    Top Ten Reasons to Give The Caine Mutiny a Chance10 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 they only appear in a small portion of the book.2 The painfully true love affair of Willie and May1 Marbles, strawberries, and yellow stains.

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    I am quite amazed that I like this as much as I did I liked it a lot 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 Surprisingly enough, this is confusing only at the beginning There is one woman, of course not one of the crew She is the love interest, at home in New York City And a mother The book is very much a character study This is why the book hit home for me This is why all the difficulties that could have arisen fall away The names, the jargon, the cramped quarters and life stuck on just one boat are not problems because the characters and their milieu become so real You watch boys turn into men You observe how some grow in stature and mature You observe how those in authority dish out commands very differently All are changed by the experiences they share At the same time, each character retains that which makes them unique What makes one able to shoulder responsibility while another one folds We observe how each man copes with danger, fear and stress The reactions are myriad I leave the book feeling that each character is drawn consistently Each has become real to me None are cardboard figures This is why I liked the book as much as I did.The book looks at the need for authority and obedience in the navy, particularly in a war situation How does one, how should one deal with a subordinate who thinks, who has a mind of his own and comes up with creative solutions Some men are quite simply not born to lead During the Second World War finding an adequate number of good captains was difficult you had no choice but to make do with what you had Life on the boat is drawn extremely well The jargon is not explained, because it wouldn t be As you proceed you learn You have seen how the word is used, and you come to understand and never does the telling loose its feel of authenticity.I spoke of a love thread This too is very well done Realistically There are no simple answers provided You observe and think and draw your own conclusions It is important to note that the book was published in 1951 It is of course making a statement about the military.Kevin Pariseau reads the audiobook absolutely wonderfully His intonations perfectly personify the characters In a conversation he consistently and skillfully switches between characters You hear who is speaking You hear the characters emotional state as events unfold There is a storm There is a fire Not only are the events dramatically and accurately written, but they are also perfectly read by Pariseau There is not a doubt in my mind that the audiobook narration should be given anything but five stars The narration could not be better.The story has action, and it has humor and it will get you thinking.

  8. says:

    In many ways this is a difficult book, at least to categorize and or rate It was also a difficult read for me at times, by turns absorbing, slightly boring, almost exciting, very infuriating, frustrating and thought provoking 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 story of men in war, but not just WWII There are also internal wars, class wars and conscious wars My reaction to each of the participants here were my own I could not bring myself to dislike Queeg while I strongly disliked most of the Jr Officers The book is quite likely better than my 3 star rating may suggest, however I did find my mind wandering especially when we were with a certain young ne er do well trying to get his love life straight The class warfare here has some interesting implications and bears greatly on the book s climax and conclusion I do recommend it and suggest you decide for yourself.

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    Herman Wouk is a master storyteller I read his works The Winds of War and War and Remembrance in the first few months after their release and they have consistently stayed on my favorite books ever read list But for some reason I hadn t read anything else by him I think perhaps I was afraid that they wouldn t live up to the standard But this book is brilliant The characters are rich, flawed, unique and real The plot is well paced, finely written Wouk s ability to tell the story of war is so good As a reader I can hear the bombs drop, I can feel the sting of salt water sloshing through the door during a gale, I can taste the food He paints the picture so vividly He draws with words and it is a lovely experience.

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