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Family Times Perspective

The Caine Mutiny (Book Review)

By Billy J.

The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk is a novel set during World War II about Willie Keith, a recent Princeton grad who plays the piano in a club in New York City. After months of performing, Willie finds his job unfulfilling, until the day he is moonstruck by a singer named May Wynn, with whom he begins a relationship. When America is drawn into the war, Willie sees an opportunity to add adventure to his life by joining the navy. He is commissioned as an officer, and assigned to a minesweeping vessel named the USS Caine. The crew of the Caine is undisciplined and unconventional until a “by-the-book” skipper comes aboard named Captain Queeg. The rest of the book portrays Queeg’s sometimes unruly command over the Caine, and the crew’s response. Also, Wouk adds a touch of romance to the novel, depicting Willie’s rocky relationship with May. Willie Keith is a classic character, a young man searching for his place in the world. The Caine Mutiny is one of those books that is hard to put down once you pick it up.


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