Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life—and mutiny—on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
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Yes, but this one disappointed me. Toward the end, as somone else noted, his ability to differentiate characters was lost and that hurt in some sections as it is all dialogue and being able to distinguish who is talking helps.
I loved his narration of Winds of War and War&Remembrance, so was surprised at this performance.
Ok,confession...I love the movie. I downloaded the radio dramatization and hated it. Because of Kevin Pariseau's prior Wouk performances, I tried this one.
As someone pointed out:
1. This isn't Wouk's best work.
2. Pariseau is quite a few levels down from his prior narrations.
3. Get past the annoying May/Maria storyline, and this is actually very well done. Really do feel a part of the ship and provides greater appreciation for both Caine Mutiny and Mr. Robert's movies. At first I was surprised that Wouk continued beyond the court martial, and while a bit preachy, it did provide better closure than the movie.
Wouk is a writer that I just recently discovered. I listened to "Winds of War" and "War and Rememberance" and loved them. I would also rate this book highly but third in light of the other two. Even at third, this novel is far above average. As a character study, it is a bit dated by today's standards but it is quite apparent why this novel was made into a famous movie. I would highly recommend all three of the books especially for those who missed them the first time around as I did. This ia a classic that I was glad to discover.
I read this book with a sense of great anticipation.I was about to read a great book, a classic. Instead, I read an anticlimactic historical romance.
This is a book about Willie Keith, Steve Maryk and Tom Keefer, reserve officers aboard a minesweeper in the pacific during World War 2. They are confronted by a regular Navy Captain of the Caine, Phillip Queeg. Queeg is petty and vindictive and they come to doubt his seamanship during a Typhoon. Maryk relieves him of his command during the Typhoon. A court martial ensues and Maryk is acquitted through the brilliant representation of Barney Greenwalt, a Jew.
A subplot is the romance between Keith and May Wyn.
Alhough this book has been made into a play and there have been 2 movie versions, it is somewho stale and dated. The most interesting part is in fact the Caine at sea.
The book does bear witness to what Tom Brokaw called the " greatest generation." Every one in the Navy is heroic and Noble. And the two antagonists, Tom Keefer and Phillip Queeg suffer from being ordinary, without heroism, rather than Villainous. In our generation they would seem quite common place, but in the setting of giants they appear mean and small.
Also, all of the navy men are focused and know exactly who they are fighting and why they are fighting. As Greenwalt says, they are fighting so that his mother would not become "a bar of soap."
The subplot of Keith's romance is irrelevant to the book and could easily have been omitted, as pointed out by reviewers at the time.
This book is recommended for its historical interest, as one would recommend the Deerslayer. It is not relevant to our current predicaments.
Wouk is in his element writing about the US navy during WW2. Every aspect of life then and there is captured with great authority. The story is genuinely interesting; the characters are drawn with subtlety. And he manages the gradual and continuous shifts in perspective of the main character, with great skill, especially towards the end.
Herman Wouk plays me like a cheap fiddle in this book. He bends and shapes my emotions, flips and twists and snaps them back, anywhere he wants them. A brilliant author!
By the time the protagonist commits his alleged indiscretion, I would've done it ten times over, and would've stood in the dock afterwards ten times as guilty. I STILL think the end was grossly unfair, but ... ladies and gentlemen ... the law is the law. And Justice wears a blindfold.
I loved every minute of the Caine Mutiny, and I don't easily give 5 Stars. My thoughts and emotions are also not easily manipulated by any old con move, but Wouk is a true artist! :-)
This is a wonderful audio book! Kevin Pariseau captures the personalities and reads with a nice tempo. The "romance" portion of this novel goes on a bit long and becomes tedious. The rest makes up for it. If you were in the US Navy, you probably saw the DVD or VHS while out at sea. My husband and many others became sick of it. It might have gone over board. I can't play this one aloud without hearing a complaint. Good audio book.
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My 3rd Wouk. I really enjoyed this - especially reading with an eye on leadership and how Willy's views of Queeg as he matured. It makes me want to see the movie again, but as I recall, the movie focuses more on the ship - Queeg and the mutiny, and not about Willy Keith as a young Princeton graduate as he matures through the book.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
This book is new to me... never read or watched the movie previously. Would be a 5 star except I don't tolerate names of Deity being used as profanity very well and one character is liberal with its use. I found it readable, interesting, humorous, tender and insightful. It could be read and enjoyed superficially, but there is enough truth to ponder and learn, if desired. It is multiple stories woven together: the coming of age of Willie; the "want what you can't have, don't want what you can" relationship with Mae; small group psychology and leadership theory all played out in the culture of WWII. The book is long and the pace leisurely... but I didn't want to put it down and when I thought the book was over, there was a much better ending yet to come.
It's one of the best.
The details prove Wouk served in the Navy.
Saying so would probably be a spoiler.
Willie Keith because it would probably be expensive and he would probably pay.
A darn fine audio book. This was a great match of voice and cadence to the book's characters and time period.
I will be listening again soon
I loved everything about this story
I have not listened to Kevin Pariseau before, but he was great!!
I have seen the movie several times and was hesitant to listen to this book. However i went on a journey i never expected. I didn't want it to end!!!
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