The Caine Mutiny
The Caine Mutiny: A Novel
The Caine Mutiny
Herman Wouk
The Novel that Inspired the Now-Classic Film The Caine Mutiny and the Hit Broadway Play The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life-and mutiny-on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater was immediately embraced, upon its original publication in 1951, as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of World War II. In the intervening half century, The Caine Mutiny has become a perennial favorite of readers young and old, has sold millions of copies throughout the world, and has achieved the status of a modern classic.

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  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Willie Keith joins the Navy during the Second World War and becomes an ensign on the U.S.S. Caine, after he was nearly dismissed during his training at Furnald Hall.  Before he joined the Navy, he had worked as a pianist at a nightclub where he met May Wynn, a singer who he falls in love with.  During his time on the Caine, he tries to keep his relationship with May as casual as possible, not wanting to marry her.  On board the ship, Captain De Vriess, the captain of the Caine, seems like the worst possible Captain to Willie until Philip Queeg relieves De Vriess.

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