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The Caine Mutiny | [Herman Wouk]

The Caine Mutiny

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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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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    Jane 09-07-12
    Jane 09-07-12

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Powerful"

    The Caine Mutiny is a fully engaging, splendidly narrated book. Informed by the writer’s own second world war time experiences, it is set on a decaying mine sweeper. Sailor are stuck on the Caine, with an authoritarian, manipulative, indecisive, petty leader and they must be with him or against him.

    The brilliantly depicted Captain Queeg could be described, in civilian life, as an ‘office psychopath’. How do we assess these often charming, but usually destructive people? How do we measure them and their contribution to society. How do we live with them, or deal with them. Hard questions, hard answers. I think that the answers delivered in this book are difficult to deal with, but what do we put their place.

    Ultimately, Wouk challenges society to see that war and peace are vastly different contexts within which to view individuals.

    This is a compelling book. Key characters are portrayed vividly. The crew from the privileged classes are gently satirised along with their fumbling attempts to accept that the brutality of war has revealed the sham of class divisions.

    The narrator, Pariseau, cleverly delivers a slightly amused tone – not mocking -- as reality gradually intrudes on the civilian life view. In contrast, his presentation of Queeg is intense and beautifully modulated and reflects the complexity and turmoil of this man.

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    Stephen Bulverde, tx, United States 09-07-12
    Stephen Bulverde, tx, United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "ignatius reilly meets Yossarian"

    Amusing creation of a wartime Navy staffed by idiots. Mr Keith reminds me of Toole's Ignatious Reilly and Hellers Yossarian. (comparative literature pun intended). But Wouk had them first!

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    Warren Cary, NC, United States 09-06-12
    Warren Cary, NC, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic - Excellent Naval and Love Story"
    Would you listen to The Caine Mutiny again? Why?

    I would listen again in the future. There were two stories here. One of the Navy at war and of the love story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the Captains of the Caine


    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    Clear and imitation of all characters was perfect


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    US Navy in WW II - best of times and worst of times


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    John Winneconne, WI, United States 09-04-12
    John Winneconne, WI, United States 09-04-12
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    "Terrific Story, well written and executed"
    Would you listen to The Caine Mutiny again? Why?

    Definitely, you get more each time you listen. The interaction of the principal characters develops more and more with each listening. So much is brought forward to remind you of your youth and you can identify with the principal character Willy and the rest of the cast.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development is great. You get to see how you cannot trust your instincts all the time. You see the good and the bad in people. I also saw the movie and you might see it first and then listen to the book. The characters in the movie mimic the book a great deal. Really makes them come alive when you can add the character development of the book after seeing them in the movie.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Pariseau – was your favorite?

    Actually two, Willy and Steve.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A film was made and I believe awards were given.


    Any additional comments?

    It was just a very good book depicting the good and not so good about our Navy during a very stressful time. Points out how power can be misused in our system.

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    gary surrey hills, Australia 09-04-12
    gary surrey hills, Australia 09-04-12
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    "justice depends on your point of view"
    If you could sum up The Caine Mutiny in three words, what would they be?

    sympathy questionable justice


    What did you like best about this story?

    my sympathy and belief in justice was put under question.


    What does Kevin Pariseau bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is consistant with his intonations and inflections of the individual characters.
    He made events come allive and put me in the sync with the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it was easy to pick up from where i left off.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a book that left me rethinking my understanding of justice.and reasons for individual behaviour.
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    Peter Collegeville, PA, United States 09-02-12
    Peter Collegeville, PA, United States 09-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Read this book, even if you've seen the movie."

    The movie and theater versions of this book are well known and I suspect that some listeners might shy away from the book because they feel that the story may be too familiar. Fret not. The movie deals with about a third of what's in the book and omits a great deal of the story that leads up to the "mutiny" and what follows. Even the main characters are a bit different than what is revealed in the film.

    Wouk was a Naval officer during WWII and the richness of the story with its detail and understanding of what it's like to be an officer on a nondescript ship in the vast American Pacific Navy feels real. Wouk weaves in romance, family conflict and leadership values. He creates characters that are multi-dimentional.

    The narration by Kevin Pariseau is excellent. You owe yourself a listen.

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    Andrew Myrtle Bank, Australia 08-27-12
    Andrew Myrtle Bank, Australia 08-27-12
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    "Brilliant Story"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this - a novel that sneaks up on you, is unpredictable and brilliantly performed by Pariseau.

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    Stephen Brague 08-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Story with a Great Narrator"
    If you could sum up The Caine Mutiny in three words, what would they be?

    WWII
    Relationships
    Psycho


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Caine Mutiny?

    The climax takes place during a typhoon when the crazy captain is pitted against his crew.


    What about Kevin Pariseau???s performance did you like?

    It is amazing that one man can do so many characters and accents.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could not wait to get back into the car to drive around and keep listening.


    Any additional comments?

    A great companion to "Winds of War" and "War and Rememberance". I liked the fact that I could listen to three books with the same Author and Narrator.

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    Matthew CARMEL, IN, United States 08-20-12
    Matthew CARMEL, IN, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I wish I would have read it sooner!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Caine Mutiny the most enjoyable?

    I spent portion of my youth in the Navy. Some of the situations brought back a lot of memories. Wouk presents very believable situations and makes the mutiny seem like the right thing to do at the time...


    What did you like best about this story?

    The charactors are very well rounded and you feel a connection with the sailors of the Caine.


    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    Well read. The different voices used in the narration helps to keep the charactors more individual.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoyed the relationship between Willie and May.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic book. Great story and great charactors.

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    Edward San Diego, United States Minor Outlying Islands 08-13-12
    Edward San Diego, United States Minor Outlying Islands 08-13-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Good story, irritating narration"
    Any additional comments?

    The narration was irritating due to the constant misuse of nautical terms. A ship doesn't have a fore-castle, they have a fok-sul. And, the men (and now women) who operate submarines are submarine-ers not sub-mariners.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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