The Caine Mutiny

The Caine Mutiny

A Novel of World War II

Book - 1951
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Each decade new readers discover the characters and curious activities aboard the U.S.S. Caine in this classic tale of pathos, humor, and scope.
Publisher: Garden City, NY : Doubleday, c1951
ISBN: 9780385040532
0385040539
Branch Call Number: FIC/WOU

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jeprokx_
Jul 20, 2016

This obliviousness on both sides to the fact that the opponents were human beings may perhaps be cited as the key to the many massacres of the Pacific war.

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jeprokx_
Jul 20, 2016

Willie passed to thinking about death and life and luck and God. Philosophers are at home with such thoughts, perhaps, but for other people it is actual torture when these concepts--not the words, the realities--break through the crust of daily occurrences and grip the soul.

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jeprokx_
Jul 20, 2016

I never said he was crazy. I said he was teetering on the edge. That kind is almost impossible to nail. Once you accuse them, they shrink back into the most convincing goddamn normal attitudes you ever saw. They're as cunning as acrobats at treading that thin line between being a bastard and being a lunatic.

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jeprokx_
Jul 20, 2016

The Navy is a master plan designed by geniuses for execution by idiots. If you're not an idiot, but find yourself in the Navy, you can only operate well by pretending to be one.

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jeprokx_
Jul 20, 2016

Paranoia/ the distinguishing mark of this neurosis is extreme plausibility and a most convincing normal manner on the surface. Particularly in self-justification.

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jeprokx_
Jul 20, 2016

Well, normality, you know, is a fiction in psychiatry. It's all relative. No adult is without problem except a happy imbecile.

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jeprokx_
Jul 20, 2016

It was nothing like the boyish pique he had felt against Capt. de Vriess. It was like the hate of a husband for his sick wife, a mature, solid hate, caused by an unbreakable tie to a loathsome person, and existing not as a self-justification, but for the rotten gleam of pleasure it gave off in the continuing gloom.

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jeprokx_
Jul 20, 2016

Sin is relative to character.

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jeprokx_
Jul 20, 2016

the test to the validity of any symbol is the extent to which it is rooted in reality.

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jeprokx_
Jul 20, 2016

well, remember this, you've had things your own way too long, and all your immaturity is due to that. You need some stone walls to batter yourself against. I strongly suspect you'll find plenty of them on the caine. I don't envy you the experience itself, but I do envy you the strengthening you're going to derive from it. Had I had one such experience in my younger years, I might not be dying a failure.

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JanetMM
Jun 24, 2017

This book is very well written and engaging. The author was clearly confident enough in his ability to tell a good, intricate story without the need to show off any literary prowess. In other words, I found this to be less an example of obvious talent and more an example of literary success. The story is so good, the reader is able to identify to the characters' human experiences. It is no wonder the book received a Pulitzer Prize. A much better read than anything Capote or Hemingway ever wrote. A system glitch seems to prevent me from rating at this time but I definitely five it 5 stars!

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jeprokx_
Jul 19, 2016

Personally, I think this book is brilliant. Both good and bad qualities of the characters are depicted all throughout, and it paints a realistic view of how men react under stress and duress. With how the story goes, I think the title's very fitting. Highly recommended.

BostonPL_AnnaD Jul 28, 2015

(Book 4 of 8 of my 2015 Summer Reading book reviews.)
Title/Author: The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk

Read by: Anna, Teen Central Librarian

Summary: Captain Queeg is the new captain aboard the USS Caine DMS, an old mine sweeper falling apart at the seams. He’s ready to bark orders and keep his new crew in line, doling out strict discipline for the smallest infractions. When the ship goes to war, however, he’s quick to stay as far away from the fighting as possible, going so far as to run away from threatening situations. His crew isn’t blind, they notice everything, and some of them begin to wonder about his ability to lead the ship amidst dangerous war time operations.

Series/Standalone: Standalone

Genre/sub-genre: Classic Fiction/Military

Diversity: Yes.

Relatable characters: Yes.

Would I recommend this to others?: yes.

Personal thoughts: This might be a 500 page book, but it was well worth the long read. This is one of those books with a long, slow build to the main event, though it never feels tedious. I enjoyed the fact that Queeg’s imperfections were not immediately known to the reader or completely over the top. Everything was realistic, likely helped by the fact that the author, Herman Wouk, had spent time in the Navy himself.

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bshokal
May 30, 2010

A good read and insight into the life of naval personnel. It is easy to be critical of those who hold 'power' over you and an insightful commentary on how isolating that power can be.

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BostonPL_AnnaD Jul 28, 2015

BostonPL_AnnaD thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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