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The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A Bountiful Story !!

My first inclination was to not buy this book as who needs an expose akin to the trash one might see in the National Inquirer. Not so with this treasure. Well researched and flowing without prejudice. The author gives you a wonderful read without spoiling it by drawin...
My first inclination was to not buy this book as who needs an expose akin to the trash one might see in the National Inquirer. Not so with this treasure. Well researched and flowing without prejudice. The author gives you a wonderful read without spoiling it by drawing her own conclusions. One is left to his/her own conclusions about who is Jekyl and who is Hyde. A great read about a perplexing journey many years ago. Read it and enjoy. Congratulations to the author for showing restraint and giving us the historical facts without personal opinions.

posted by Anonymous on February 8, 2004

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Extensive Research -- Needs Editing

I truly enjoyed the story of the Bounty and the general organization of this book. However, the author obviously wanted to let us all see every single piece of research she ran across. This could have been much more concise. Needs editing.

posted by Anonymous on January 5, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2004

    A Bountiful Story !!

    My first inclination was to not buy this book as who needs an expose akin to the trash one might see in the National Inquirer. Not so with this treasure. Well researched and flowing without prejudice. The author gives you a wonderful read without spoiling it by drawing her own conclusions. One is left to his/her own conclusions about who is Jekyl and who is Hyde. A great read about a perplexing journey many years ago. Read it and enjoy. Congratulations to the author for showing restraint and giving us the historical facts without personal opinions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2004

    Extensive Research -- Needs Editing

    I truly enjoyed the story of the Bounty and the general organization of this book. However, the author obviously wanted to let us all see every single piece of research she ran across. This could have been much more concise. Needs editing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

    Great book

    Great Book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2004

    It's a interesting book for kids

    My favorite part was when William Bligh dreamed of being a sailor in Plymouth,England.He was going to be a Captain for the HMS Bounty.This is good for kids to read 9 years and up.It would be a fun book to read.Have fun with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2004

    Finally the turth be told of the HMS Bounty

    Caroline Alexander finally tells exactly what happened on the Bounty. Though the book lacks in depth the reason why Mr. Christian and his mutineers took over the ship, it does give insight to each of the sailor¿s background as well as that of Captain Bligh. It describes in detail the Trial, the fates of those found guilty and some information on the fait of Mr. Christian, the leader of the mutineers. Caroline hints at several possibilities of why the mutiny took place, but leaves the reader still wondering. A very good book to offset the Hollywood myths. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2004

    A great book, great navigator... BUT

    Carolina Alexander has certainly ritten the best researched book concerning a mutiny which is perhaps as current today as it was when it happened. She answers many questions with authority and insight. I have read much about this story and so far no one has answered a basic question: WHY DIDN'T BLIGH, AN EXPERIENED NAVIGATOR, GO AROUND CAPE HORN INSTEAD OF REACHING THE ATLANTIC VIA THE CALM WATERS OF THE STRAIT OF MAGELLAN? Bligh spend 30 days trying to cross the Horn.... a week or two in the Strait would have sufficed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2004

    Fascinating look at a legendary story

    Caroline Alexander writes of the mutiny on the Bounty with the urgency of a Hollywood screenwriter pounding out the latest big-budget action flick, and in so doing takes a somewhat old-hat military history and brings it alive with dry wit, illuminating digression, and interesting organization. She jumps back and forth in time, spends many pages drawing connections between key players in the event, and detailing her intense research. This is good history, and it's engagingly presented, but one can't help but find Alexander's book a little meandering at times, if not simply boring. If it can be said, 'The Bounty' is almost over-researched at times, with her tangents becoming (much like those of Jon Krakauer in 'Under the Banner of Heaven') detrimental to the overall success of her book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2003

    5 out of 5 lashes!

    If you're out of college and all the history lessons you get these days come from the movies, give this book a chance. You'll never watch any version of 'The Mutiny on the Bounty' on AMC again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2003

    Uneven but a must read!

    Before I comment on Caroline Alexander¿s extremely well researched and detailed narrative of the Bounty, Captain Bligh, and his crew I must admit that I have always been drawn to this story. In fact, I may be the only person in my generation to have liked the 1962 Marlon Brando film version of ¿Mutiny on the Bounty¿. So when I saw Caroline Alexander¿s book I simply had to read it and although I enjoyed and appreciated the scholarship of the work I found it uneven, and maybe a bit to ambitious. The first chapter, which covers Captain Edwards and his ship the Pandora sailing to capture the mutineers, is simply marvelous. It¿s a story that cries out to be a book all by itself. The rest of the book sets up as a defense of Captain Bligh and the views of each crew member with an emphasis on Peter Hayward all to explain how Bligh became the villain of the Bounty mutiny rather than it¿s hero. And much of this I found compelling and interesting. However, and I can not help feeling it is a big problem for the narrative here, Fletcher Christian (they called him, in fact, Mr. Christian) is almost a phantom, with others (the crew and Bligh) left to tell Christian¿s side and explain his motives. This may explain why many of the popular Bounty books are novels rather than the ¿true story¿. It is not, of course, Caroline Alexander¿s fault that Christian is an enigma here. She tries hard to define him by bring forth-different perspectives offered by the crew as he increasing becomes the villain of the piece. Yet, with what little direct evidence there is Christian becomes an invisible (off stage) personality in this narrative. Is it fair to point this out? I think yes. But at the same time Caroline Alexander can only tell the story from what is know and the documents and historical evidence and tell the story she does with an excellent eye for all sort of details, personality, social status, and the incredible . Yet, it¿s strangely unsettling to read her present the evidence the Christian did not die on Pitcairn Island, but some how, returned to England to live in semi-secret. Who knows? Who will ever know? And this is the frustration and beauty of this multi leveled narrative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2003

    HISTORY - RELIVED AND REVISED!

    After three movies, several poems, and numerous vignettes, most of us probably think we know the story of that ill-fated ship the Bounty. Many will remember Charles Laughton's unforgettable portrayal of the cruel, tyrannical Captain Bligh. Forget everything you've seen and read because most of it is completely untrue, as is revealed in this landmark history of one of the world's most famous mutinies. Stellar British actor Michael York, acclaimed for his stage and screen roles, offers an impeccable reading of The Bounty in the abridged versions. The unabridged version is in the capable hands of veteran vocal performer Simon Prebble who also gives a top-notch delivery. Surprised listeners will learn, perhaps for the first time, that rather than being an oppressive taskmaster, Captain Bligh was in actuality a fine leader who went to great lengths to avoid using physical punishment. He was, in effect, tossed overboard, sent to sea in a small boat with meager rations, and a few who remained loyal to him. Despite the odds he was able to save all of their lives and take them to land. Perhaps the most spellbinding segment of Ms. Alexander's story is the court martial of the mutineers who were found in Tahiti and returned to England. Remembering the day in 1789 when Fletcher Christian led the insurrection listeners are able to relive that fateful time as they hear it related in the voices of the participants. The author has accomplished an amazing work of scholarship, and the readers give it remarkable voice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    Recommended - But know the Queens English

    C Alexander tells a riviting tale. She leaves us to be the judge and jury as she (sometimes agonizingly so) tells the stories of each crewmate of Bounty whether they were part of the ships taking or not. An excellent follow up as she traces the participants family lines and personal agendas. As the last 4 chapters take hold of you, you'll wish the same intrigue began with the book. Alexander tells the story in the royal tone of the day which at times can be tedious, but she tells the story to completion and without bias - well done. I put it down and bought her first book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2003

    If you loved The Endurance, you'll love The Bounty

    If the greatest open boat journey was the Shackleton's Caird from Elephant Island to St George's - then the second greatest has to be Captain Bligh's from the Bounty. This is amazing book. Just like the Endurance I found myself stopping every few pages to wonder at hardship and adventure. If you liked the Endurance, you'll love the Bounty!

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