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An action-packed fictional telling of the events on the HMS Bounty.Fourteen-year-old John Jacob Turnstile has gotten into trouble with the police on one too many occasions and is on his way to prison when an offer is put to him - a ship has been refitted over the last few months and is about to set sail with an important mission. The boy who was expected to serve as the caAn action-packed fictional telling of the events on the HMS Bounty.Fourteen-year-old John Jacob Turnstile has gotten into trouble with the police on one too many occasions and is on his way to prison when an offer is put to him - a ship has been refitted over the last few months and is about to set sail with an important mission. The boy who was expected to serve as the captain’s personal valet has been injured and a replacement must be found immediately. The deal is struck and Turnstile finds himself onboard, meeting the captain, just as the ship sets sail. The ship is the HMS Bounty, the captain is William Bligh, and their destination is Tahiti. Mutiny on the Bounty is the first novel to explore all the events relating to the Bounty’s voyage, from their long journey across the ocean to their adventures on the island of Tahiti and the subsequent forty-eight-day expedition towards Timor. A vivid recreation of the famous mutiny, the story is packed with humour, violence, and historical detail, presenting a very different portrait of Captain Bligh and Mr. Christian than has been shown before....

Title : Mutiny on the Bounty
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ISBN : 9780385666350
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Number of Pages : 496 Pages
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Mutiny on the Bounty Reviews

  • Nick Pageant
    2018-10-16 03:48

    Wow. Incredible rethinking of The Mutiny on the Bounty. This book filters everything you think you know through the eyes of a 14 year old narrator who is a little too wise to the ways of the world. The voice of this kid was hilarious. Imagine Charles Dickens telling you the story of the Bounty through the voice of The Artful Dodger. Great, great book.

  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    2018-11-16 02:55

    John Jacob Turnstile is fourteen and one of many boys living with the formidable Mr Lewis in Portsmouth, spending his days picking pockets and his nights in the upstairs rooms with the other pretty boys, doing things with wealthy men that give him nightmares. Still, it's his life and has no plans to leave it, until the day that choice is taken out of his hands and made for him. Caught lifting a French gentleman's pocket watch, he is taken before the magistrate and sentenced to twelve months gaol time. A last-second reprieve from the same French gentleman, Mr Zéla, sees him instead aboard the HMS Bounty just before it leaves, to serve as ship boy and servant to the captain, William Bligh.Nursing vague plans of escaping somewhere along the voyage - because Mr Lewis will be far from forgiving when he turns up in Portsmouth again - Turnstile settles into life on board the ship, a whole new experience for the lad. He learns that because it's a smaller kind of ship, it has no real captain, and Captain Bligh, as he is called, is really only a lieutenant, and this is something of a sore spot with him. But Bligh nursed Turnstile through his three days of seasickness and for that alone, he has Turnstile's adoration and gratitude. While he manages to eventually befriend or at least come to an understanding with the ship's crew, Turnstile is leery of the Master's Mate and third-in-command, Fletcher Christian, and one of the other officers, a pimply boy not much older than Turnstile called Mr Heywood. There are tensions and outright arguments between the captain and his second-in-command, the ship's Master, Mr Fryer, an older, cautious and experienced man who is the voice of reason the captain is too often disdainful of.The Bounty is on an important mission, one the captain takes very seriously: to reach Tahiti to acquire breadfruit seedlings, take them to the British colonies in the West Indies to be planted there so as to provide cheap and plentiful food for their slaves. It is December 1787 when they set out from Portsmouth, and it takes them nearly a year to arrive at Otaheite - what we call Tahiti - where they stay for six months, cultivating seedlings and transplanting them into the pots they brought. This island is a paradise for the crew, who take full advantage of a relaxed discipline to spend their new abundance of free time - when not working on the transplanting - with the pretty and sexually free women of the island. Even Turnstile finds a girl to fall in love with. The only man who has no interest in this leisure activity is Captain Bligh, who remains faithful to his wife Betsy.It is only when it is time to leave Tahiti that the real trouble begins, starting with three men deserting and a list turning up naming other sailors - and officers - along with the deserters. But Bligh and Fryer don't see the list for what it really is: a list of men the writer believed would stand against the captain in a mutiny. For that is exactly what happens, a mutiny on one of King George's ships, and one of the Bounty's launch's - a small boat merely twenty-three feet long - is put into the water with the captain and only eighteen loyal men inside, and one small locked box of food that would, under normal circumstances, barely last a day.Set adrift in the South Pacific, their chances of survival are dismal at best. The one thing they have to their advantage is William Bligh himself: he began his naval career as a highly skilled mapmaker and carries it all in his head still, plus they have a compass. Now they have to ration and find hospitable islands to look for food and water, dodging cannibal natives as they go. If they can make it to Timor, a Dutch settlement, they have a chance, but it takes 48 days to reach it and not everyone makes it alive. Through it all, John Jacob Turnstile, the Captain's servant and loyal companion, narrates events from his own distinct and unique perspective, with his frank opinions and saucy cheek, creating an engaging and highly readable story out of one of the most famous and well-documented mutinies in British history. This is a modern take on an old piece of history, and having now read it I am mildly curious about the original, William Bligh's own take on what happened. There is also Caroline Alexander's The Bounty, which focuses on the court martial of the ten mutineers captured some years later. I can't make a comparison between John Boyne's interpretation of events and William Bligh's, though of course he used it as a source, but Boyne skilfully brought the voyage and the characters to life through the voice of John Jacob Turnstile. Turnstile - nicknamed "Turnip" by the crew - has the cheek and sass of a low-born petty thief from Portsmouth, nicely balanced with his own, largely under-educated intelligence and an honourable character. The realities of his life with Mr Lewis fill out his background and add extra depth to his character, as well as propelling him forward as a protagonist who is, in effect, a minor side character to a story much bigger than him. This is Boyne's success and achievement: using a character like Turnstile, who has no direct impact on events but is an eye-witness to them, is a useful device in a story like this, but the challenge is in making him an interesting character in his own right, a character who is more than a pair of watchful eyes and perked-up ears, a character you care about and want a bright future for. Turnstile is just such a character, and without the strength of his voice, this would be a rather dull story.It is certainly a long one, at nearly five hundred pages, and quite detailed. It has realism, a great deal of it, and is clearly well-researched. The details ring true and using a narrator who is new to life onboard a ship means we learn alongside Turnstile: we are in the same position of ignorance as he is. Reading this so soon after another book set in the South Pacific, Henderson’s Spear (though in a different time period), I learned a lot about the islands and their peoples as well as British colonial interests there.There were a couple of inconsistencies that disrupted the flow of the narrative - for me at least. One was the age at which Turnstile entered Mr Lewis's establishment: at first he says he was five when he went to live with Mr Lewis, then later he's suddenly nine when the washerwoman who let him sleep on her floor sells him to Mr Lewis (page 113); later he retells the story as Mr Lewis finding him when he's five, living on the streets (403-4). The other inconsistency was about Mr Samuel, the ship's clerk: when Turnstile first tells us the names of the men who join the captain in the launch, he includes Mr Samuel (page 337); he's mentioned again on page 405 as being with those loyal to the captain. Later, in discussion with Mr Hall, the cook, they both share their negative opinions about Mr Samuel and express their lack of surprise that he joined the mutineers (page 449). But when the Captain takes ship back to England, he takes with him Turnstile and Mr Samuel (p.472). It's not a big detail, but they're such clear inconsistencies and they always serve to jolt me out of a story and make me second-guess what I read previously.Without destroying Turnstile's admiration for Captain Bligh, Boyne manages to clearly convey the captain's flaws, especially in telling the story of Captain Cook's death in Hawaii (as an Australian, we learn about Cook like Americans learn about Columbus; I'd always seen, in reenactments, and heard of his death as one by spears; here he is overwhelmed and stabbed). Bligh's temperament and flaws, as well as his positive points which are admirable, are subtly captured, and through Bligh we get the persuasive opinions of the time. By the time we get Bligh's version of Captain Cook's death and the reasons behind it, which is not so subtle but still probably quite accurate for the era, we've already got a pretty good opinion of the man."You, sir?" I asked, wide-eyed. "You went to retrieve the stolen boat?""Aye, in a way. And had they surrendered it peacefully there would have been fewer consequences. But as we approached the bay it became clear that there was no peace in store for us. The natives were dotted along the tops of the cliffs, adopting war-like stances and wearing the type of garb they felt would protect them from our cutlasses and muskets. They were prepared for battle, that was clear to us all.""But why, Captain?" I asked him. "Had they turned against you?""I believe so," he replied. "At first all had been well, but they did not recognize our right to their land or their produce. They were becoming belligerent about it. We had no choice but to show our strength.""What rights, sir?" I asked, confused."Our rights as emissaries of the king, Turnstile," he said, staring at me as if I was the worst kind of fool. "Isn't that clear? They wanted us to leave them in peace. Savages! Ordering Englishmen away!""From their land.""You're missing the point," he insisted, as if the idea was a quite simple one. "It was no longer their land when we arrived. We claimed it." [p.451]I'm sure Bligh's opinions on the matter were standard, but I have to wonder whether Turnstile would have been so astute or "modern" in his own ideas on the matter.Overall, despite the length of the novel which was really longer than I would have liked to spend on board the Bounty, and despite the sometimes plodding pace, this was a story that kept me reading. Being unfamiliar with the story, it wasn't immediately apparent who - which officer or sailor, that is - was behind the mutiny, though once things started happening on the island it became clear. Still, reading about how it all came about was surprisingly engrossing, and their forty-eight days of dogged survival and near-death in the launch was the best part of all, in terms of engrossing reading. I know, it sounds cruel that their suffering gave me the most enjoyment, but it really was the most gripping part of the story, precisely because the stakes were so high, the ending so uncertain (yes, even though you know they make it back because Bligh writes his own version, but you're never sure who else makes it back or what they go through in the process). Boyne's Mutiny on the Bounty is well worth reading, for the story, for the education, for the history, and it's clear why this story has continued to live on in our cultural heritage and imagination.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-06 21:52

    This was truly one of the best books I have ever read. Probably the number one reason it was was because of the language that John Boyne used to tell the story. It is told from the perspective of a 14 year old boy who is put on the Bounty as payment for petty crimes. And his "voice" is HILARIOUS and just so unique! I'm not sure if the author researched the time and certain word usage from then or if he invented such words as "scut" or "motions". But not just the WORDS also the PHRASING were incredible! !!! This book took me forever to read because I did not want it to end! I took a long break from reading it to stretch out the story for me. I, no doubt, will read it again and again. FANTASTIC!

  • Councillor
    2018-10-27 04:29

    This book had me intrigued more than I would have thought after holding it in my hands for the first of many times (and has lead me to write my first review here). Not only is the protagonist very likeable, but also has the crew's voyage been described in a very detailed and enthralling way.The first part was used to introduce the protagonist, John Jacob Turnstile. It needed the second part, the voyage by ship, to get me invested though. The author was capable of telling this story by brutally describing the sailor's deeds, while also captivating an intriguing atmosphere and creating vibrant, divisive characters. The third part dealt with a lot of sexual allusions, also including a love story with too many sex scenes as every single sailor was characterized as if nobody of them could resist his sexual desires. The story later became a lot more exciting than in the third part, culminating in an explosive last part.The reader shouldn't have weak nerves to read such a book, as it deals very detailed and brutally with the "mutiny of the Bounty". The book establishes the main conflicts very elaborately and hence cannot be read in only some hours. But it has easily turned into one of my favourite books, so I can just as easily recommend this lecture to everyone else.

  • Tracey
    2018-11-01 01:42

    Review to follow but 3 1/2 stars

  • Connie53
    2018-11-11 23:57

    Heerlijk verhaal dat met veel vaart en humor wordt verteld door de hoofdpersoon, De scheepsjongen John Jacob Turnstile. Helemaal in de stijl van John Boyne, die ik altijd een prettige schrijver vind.

  • Shakira
    2018-10-20 00:51

    This book deserves all the stars and more. It's one of them 6/5 star books for me.This is perhaps my favourite book that I've read in 2015 as of yet.The way in which Boyne portrays John Jacob Turnstile to be just another person in society , however seem to value the right morals in which others in society did not, which made society corrupt at the time. It slightly reminds me of the Inspector in Priestley's 'An Inspector Calls'.Boyne successfully portrays a very realistic view point on sexual abuse from a male's perspective.Additionally, the novel is a very enticing take on the historical even it is based on.I would 100% recommend this to historical fiction lovers, adventure readers or if you enjoy a voyage based book.I loved it, I loved it, I loved it! By far the best book I've read this year as of yet, so so so beautiful and heartbreaking and beautiful.

  • Juxian
    2018-11-02 00:32

    4,5 stars.It's the third book by John Boyne I've read and they all are so very different I can't say I have some definite notion about the author. 'Crippen' seemed cold to me; 'The Absolutist' was cruel and thought provoking. But 'Mutiny on the Bounty' is warm, kind, naive at times, touching and beautiful.I think everyone knows the story of the Bounty - or thinks they know it, from one of the movies. And the story is fascinating: a cruel captain, a young rebel who starts a mutiny to bring the seamen to their beloved on Tahiti. Well, stories become archetypal for a reason. "Christian versus Bligh has come to represent rebellion versus authoritarianism, a life constrained versus a life of freedom, sexual repression versus sexual licence," quoting Wikipedia.That was what I was expecting with pleasure when I started reading :) So I was pretty shocked when it turned out the author has taken a totally opposite approach to the story. And, judging from what I found out, a lot more historically true approach. And after reading the book I feel very happy about it. Literary merits of the book aside, I think it was a noble thing John Boyne did: at least somewhat restoring historical justice. Of course, it all happened a long time ago - but still, it's unfair that people remember only one truth now, which, by the way, isn't the truth at all.Anyway, I enjoyed the book A LOT. The main character, John Jacob Turnstile, was wonderful and it was a great fun to get to know him. One thing that didn't make me quite happy was that sometimes the author modernized him shamelessly. Like no stretch on imagination would ever make me believe that a 14-year-old boy in the 18th century, with John's origin and history, would have thought or said such 21st-century politically-correct things. I'd prefer the author allowed readers to think a little bit by themselves what's right and wrong, not verbalize everything through John.But I still loved John, and Captain Bligh was... he was an amazing character, so human with all the wrongs in him and so charismatic at the same time that you would easily understand John's decisions. It also has a perfect ending that makes me smile and wipe tears even right now.A lovely, lovely book, and I'm happy I've read it.

  • Jacoline Maes
    2018-11-01 00:41

    De schrijfstijlIk had in eerste instantie moeite om in het boek te komen. Het boek is mooi geschreven, maar niet erg makkelijk en er is in het begin weinig actie. Het boek heeft lang liggen wachten tot ik het afgelopen maand weer oppakte. Gelukkig besloot ik om nu gewoon door te lezen en een stuk verder begint het verhaal wel echt boeiend te worden en hoe verder ik in het boek kwam, hoe sneller mijn leestempo werd. Dit is dus een boek waarbij je moet doorzetten, maar dit was het voor mij uiteindelijk wel waard. John is een fijne verteller, al is zijn toon niet passend bij die van een ongeschoolde veertienjarige. Wel weet hij de dingen allemaal heel beeldend te beschrijven.Het verhaalHoewel ik dus even in het verhaal moest komen is het een boeiend verhaal. Ik ben wel geïnteresseerd in geschiedenis en dit ging over een heel ander onderwerp dan waar ik tot nu toe boeken over gelezen heb. Het leuke bij dit boek is ook dat het een verhaal is dat gebaseerd is op feiten en dat zorgt er wel voor dat je er (in mijn geval) extra over nadenkt. Het boek gaat steeds fijner lezen en daardoor had ik het toch (toen ik het eenmaal weer opgepakt had) redelijk snel uit. Het verhaal wordt mooi afgesloten en uiteindelijk legde ik het boek met een goed gevoel weg.De personagesIk leefde heel erg mee met John en ondanks dat hij de laagste persoon in rang is op de Bounty, heeft hij als scheepsjongen de mogelijkheid om interessante gesprekken op te vangen. Daarnaast heeft hij een eigen geschiedenis die hem blijft achtervolgen, wat er ook voor zorgt dat hij als een echt persoon aanvoelt. Het duurde bij mij even voor ik wist wie wie was op de Bounty, John blijft ze namelijk bij hun voor- en daarna weer bij hun achternaam noemen en dat werkt niet altijd mee. Uiteindelijk krijg je bij een hoop van de karakters een goed beeld, maar je blijft je afvragen wie er nu precies achter de kapitein staat en wie niet. Wat ik heel mooi vond in het boek was hoe de relatie tussen John en de kapitein is, vanaf het begin van de reis helpt de kapitein hem en de band tussen hen voelt heel sterk en door het boek heen voel je dat de kapitein hem haast als zijn zoon gaat beschouwen. John heeft ook veel respect van de kapitein.ConclusieMet de eerste 150 bladzijden had ik wat moeite, maar daarna werd het verhaal steeds boeiender en het spreekt zeker tot de verbeelding. Dit boek heeft een scala aan personages en het duurt even voor je ze leert kennen, maar John is een persoon waarmee je zeker meeleeft. Ik ben benieuwd naar de andere geschiedenisboeken van John Boyne en als het onderwerp je aanspreekt zou ik dit boek zeker een kans geven.

  • Toni Osborne
    2018-11-09 23:54

    I love how Mr. Boyne takes a well-known event gives it a new spin and revives it into a most riveting iconic story of the sea, a sure sign of a very talented story-teller.In a few words this is what happened to the ill-fated ship: After a long voyage on the high seas and a short stay on a sexy Polynesian paradise, the screw revolted, a mutiny led by Fletcher Christian erupted, the breadfruit-laden Bounty was seized shortly after leaving Otaheite (Tahiti) in April 1789, and the captain, William Bligh, with his followers were set adrift in a boat to fight for their lives. Miraculously the captain led his small screw back to England to a hero’s welcome and the hunt for the mutineers began and those found were rounded up and tried in London.In this novel, the real –life John Smith, Captain Bligh’s steward, was replaced by John Jacob Turnstile, a fourteen year old street urchin who was given the choice of a year in the goal or taken service aboard the Bounty. Through John Jacob’s (Turnip) eyes we travel from the streets of Port Portmouth to a myriad of adventures. His character is a brilliant creation with a charming sharp sense of humour and the most delightful egotistical narrator.This book is captivating, it is expertly written to describe with heart the sailing and those aboard the Bounty and with skill guides us during the 48 days the 23 foot launch held the starving men till they reached Timor. It also deals with the sexual frustration of sailors at sea, the root of their mutiny after enjoying the delights of the native women and forced to return to the ship and leave them behind. Mr. Boyne style flows smoothly and allows for the most vivid, fresh images to filter into our mind. Although I have a strong sense that historical record may have been modified to make this story the most enjoyable of fiction.

  • Krait
    2018-10-22 03:33

    While based on historical fact, this book tells the story of the famous mutiny from the point of Bligh's cabin boy. While Bligh's real servant was Able Seaman John Smith, age 36, this story replaces him with 14 year old ex-pickpocket John Jacob Turnstile, who has never been to sea before. The book is a clever coming of age story based on Turnstile, and one which paints Fletcher Christian in a far more sinister light than most other works.Boyne is a master story teller as evidenced by The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and the dialogue is snappy and the scenes well painted in this book. Certainly a worthwile read for anyone interested in the Bounty.

  • r
    2018-10-19 01:53

    کلا من داستانهای در مورد کشتی های قدیمی ودریا واینجور چیزها رو خیلی دوست دارم ..کتابش که عالی بود وقشنگ تر از اون فیلم کلاسیکی از این رمان با بازی مارلون براندو وموسیقی عالی برانیسلا کیپر..پیشنهاد میکنم یا کتابش رو بخونین ویا علاقمندان به فیلمهای کلاسیک فیلمش رو ببینن

  • Loesje
    2018-11-16 00:37

    Een heel ander boek dan ik had verwacht.Ik weet niet zo goed hoe ik het moet waarderen:4 sterren voor de goede stukken, en 2 voor degene die mij minder aanspraken?

  • Eric Boot
    2018-10-20 02:52

    I didn't expect I'd like it, but I did. Nice quick and easy read ;)

  • I_ty_toje
    2018-10-27 21:34

    Много раз рассказанная история обрела новую жизнь в романе Бойна.Как часто у автора в центре повествования не героические личности, а подросток, который воспринимает события через свои мысли, свое мировоззрение. отсюда достаточно большая непосредственность. Читатель в центре событий, он принимает все достаточно незамутненно.Историчность книги заканчивается на перечислении событий, реперных точек путешествия. Однако беллетристические способности Бойна на высоте - он каждое событие умеет преподать с интересной точки зрения.Приятный заход на тему морского приключенческого романа. Прочитал с удовольствием, но не думаю что это произведение которое станешь вспоминать спустя годы.

  • Debbie
    2018-10-30 03:51

    Had previously enjoyed Boy in striped pyjamas and wanted to read more by this author. For those who dont like spoilers and are unfamilar with this tale Im afraid the title really does give things away. Dont worry though the book is very exiting and the events leading up to and after the mutiny is where the real story is to be found. Although Turnstile is a fictional charactor it does not detract from the true events, as the all seeing all hearing cabin boy he provides the narrative. We learn that Bligh is not a navy captain but a lieutenant and Fryer who comes from an established navy background resents his appointment as captain of the Bounty. Bligh's determination to circum-navigate the globe with no deaths, illness or punishments is admired by his friend Christian. Interesting when you think of where there loyalties later lay. The fact that the story is so well known does not in any way detract from the enjoyment of the book. You will be entertained from the first page right to the very last page. Although most will know the outcome of the main characters the added charactor of Turnstile itself provides an added interest with his own story unfolding throughout the book reaching a very full and satisfying end. Trivia questions often come up about the Bounty and having reading this book I now feel well informed.

  • SillySuzy
    2018-10-25 04:48

    A new take on the Bounty story as seen from the perspective of John Jacob Turnstile, Captain Bligh's servant boy. Of course the story itself doesnot hold any surprises as it is so well known. What I like about it is that none of the protagonists is penalized, every bad person has good traits and vice versa. The reader is sort of invited to make up his/her own mind as to who was wrong/right or good/bad. And of course you have to set everything against the time, late 18th century, when it was thought normal to lay claim to all the land you encountered on your travels and to kill the 'savages' that lived there. This story is also the coming-of-age story of John Jacob Turnstile. From a petty thief and a male prostitute, he grows up to be a fine captain in his own right. All in all, I found Mutiny on the Bounty a nice story, but not a spectacular one. Sometimes the pace was a bit slow for my liking and I couldn't help but feel that I was reading a children's story. The happy ending was a bit too sweet for me. I kept comparing this book to Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor, which is so very much better.

  • Estibaliz79
    2018-10-25 04:39

    No habiendo visto nunca ninguna de las versiones cinematográficas que de este suceso histórico se han llevado a la gran pantalla, y no siendo tampoco gran conocedora de los dimes y diretes del mismo, lo cierto es que no puedo juzgar la fidelidad o no de Boyne al mismo, pero... ¿a quién le importa?"Moutin en la Bounty" es una novela de aventuras con trasfondo histórico que entretiene prácticamente desde la primera página, a la par que aborda de forma aguda y sutil temas vitales como la lealtad, la ambición o los juicios morales; y, que, por supuesto, nos ofrece una versión del famoso motín en la que el 'bueno' resulta ser el Capitán Bligh. Todo ello de la mano de un narrador tan agudo como ingenuo, y tan noble como vil por las circunstancias de su vida; uno de esos personajes con ciertos aires picarescos que encandilan al lector con su honestidad narrativa y que, sin duda, se erige en una de las garantías de éxito de esta novela... una de esas históricas que educa sin que uno apenas se dé cuenta :)

  • Evelyn
    2018-11-08 04:48

    I learned a lot about the mutiny of the Bounty; this book definitely led me to do a bit of research on the actual happenings, and this book was pretty true to history. The main character, Turnstile, is likeable enough, but honestly, there was just too much sexual content that didn't end up serving any kind of a point (yes, I understand that he is a 14yo boy with a troubled past, but still). It was mentioned over and over again, and given Turnstile's background, I thought some kind of point would be made, but it never really was. The last chapter being somewhat of an epilogue, we are told that moral growth and progression has indeed occurred in Turnstile, but that all happens off-stage. Not to say he doesn't grow at all throughout the book...but it's rather the normal fare of going through a rough experience and being a bit more confident coming out of it mixed with the regular coming-of-age. Overall I think the book could've been a lot better had we been allowed to do more venturing outside the gutter.

  • Henry
    2018-10-23 02:49

    This tale is of course based on real history. The book is written in a very straightforward way and I think it would be appropriate as a young adult book too. I enjoyed it nevertheless. It is written from the point of view of John Jacob Turnstile, a pickpocket nabbed in the act and then given the opportunity of either being jailed for a year, or serving as cabin boy on the HMS Bounty to Lieutenant William Bligh. There are many adventures in the Bounty and after returning from Tahiti there is a mutiny. If you're thinking "spoiler alert" then you must have a look at the title again. It practically advertises what will happen. I will not elaborate what happens after the mutiny, but I dare say, more adventure is to follow.The boy becomes a man. From a pickpocket and being used as a whore he becomes a disciplined and respected cabin boy and more. I'll recommend this book as a 3 1/2 star read, but I am not allowed to do that, so I'll settle for 4 stars with slight unease.

  • Meegan
    2018-10-27 02:40

    I have never heard of The Bounty, and I had seen this book a few times passing through the teen section of my library. I finally broke, checked it out, and read the first sixteen chapters which made me decide that I would not waste any more of my time with it. Mutiny on the Bounty does fall under the category of historical fiction which normally is my favorite genre, but this story included pieces of history in clear descriptions that I found to be uninteresting and inapproprate. The narrator is a young man around the age of fifteen, so why wouldn't it be appropriate for modern teens to read? But the experiences that he decribes are disgusting and packed with too much detail. I wish I had enjoyed the story more to continue reading and learning about the voyage, but I was not entertained the way a virtuous teen like myself should be.

  • Belinda
    2018-10-29 23:47

    Prachtige roman over een jongen die na de zoveelste misstap (en niet door eigen keuze) op het marine schip de Bounty terecht komt als scheepsjongen. Dit is een leven welke hij totaal niet kent maar hij heeft een groot aanpassingsvermogen en is snel gewend. Al heeft hij op de Bounty een uitzonderingspositie die maakt dat hij eigenlijk geen vrienden aan boord heeft. Het boek wordt verteld vanuit het perspectief van de jongen. Alsof dat hij zijn herinneringen opschrijft. Het de jongen in de gestreepte pyama ook van hem gelezen. Nu nieuwsgierig naar zijn andere boeken.

  • Helen
    2018-10-18 03:43

    One of the best books I've read this year. I haven't finished learning about the mutiny. In fact, it's just started. Looking forward to now reading the author's references. To say that I'm obsessed with this story is an understatement.

  • Natalia-mario Kim
    2018-11-15 23:33

    Una lectura divertida y tragica a la vez, tocando temas con el encanto que solo Boyle tiene. Como otros comentarios mencionan tiene la cantidad precisa de terminos tecnicos para ilustrar al lector sin caer en una libro sobre navegacion.

  • Inkie
    2018-11-01 02:28

    Muiterij op de Bounty, verteld door de 14-jarige scheepsjongen. Ik vond het erg leuk!

  • Maryana
    2018-10-21 23:43

    Бойн наконец-то перестал безуспешно пытаться запихнуть глубинный смысл туда, где его быть не может, как результат получилось очень приличное чтиво.

  • MarinaLawliett
    2018-11-05 02:28

    ¡¡ADVERTENCIA!!Nunca leáis este libro. Es una pérdida de tiempo.

  • Kirsten
    2018-10-18 21:51

    Before I even say anything about the actual contents of the book, I just want to gush over the cover for a bit. Isn’t it a lovely cover? With the pretty ship, and the sunset colours, and the map lines, and the lettering. Aaah, just lovely! Yeah, as you can probably tell, I’m the sort of reader who likes to get suckered in by a pretty cover. Sometimes it leads to me reading some real duds. Other times, such as this, the pretty cover is a happy bonus to a brilliant book.John Jacob Turnstile is a fourteen-year-old pickpocket who makes his dubious living on the streets of Portsmouth in 1787. Two days before Christmas, he steals a gentleman’s watch and only narrowly escapes a twelve-month gaol sentence when the gentleman himself intervenes and he is offered an exchange: to accept a position as captain’s servant aboard a ship due to sail that very day on a voyage to the other side of the world. Naturally, Turnstile leaps at the chance to avoid the gaol, to go on an adventure, and to escape his life in Portsmouth. The ship is, of course, HMS Bounty, commanded by Lieutenant William Bligh. Turnstile finds himself thrust into an unfamiliar new life to which he has to adapt quickly, and to his surprise, the first one to show him any real kindness in it is Captain Bligh himself. As the Bounty makes her eventful voyage to Otaheite (Tahiti), Turnstile finds himself coming to respect and like Bligh, who’s a fair-minded man with the best interests of his crew at heart, but not all of Bounty‘s officers are so upstanding. In particular, Turnstile makes an instant enemy of Mr Heywood, a young officer about his own age. And, of course, there’s Mr Christian, the vain and manipulative master’s mate. But far worse than them is the trauma of Turnstile’s own past, which comes back to haunt him with a vengeance as soon as he’s away from it, and he determines to find a way to escape the Bounty, and England, forever. As history unfolds and the chasm between Captain Bligh and his crew widens, Turnstile must make a choice: between a chance at freedom, or the man whom he has increasingly come to think of as a father.So, as you can probably tell from the summary, this is not the Bounty story made familiar by Hollywood. When we think of Captain Bligh today, we tend to think of the character played by Charles Laughton or Trevor Howard, the man who is tyranny incarnate. The films are great, but historically, they’re a lot of rubbish. The real William Bligh wasn’t anywhere near the sadistic tyrant of popular culture – in fact, by the standards of the Royal Navy at that time, he was actually a very lenient disciplinarian. And a lot of the popular perception of Fletcher Christian as a heroic figure driven to mutiny by his commander’s excesses is actually due to the fact that his family did some serious damage control after news of the mutiny got out. With this book, then, Boyne set out to, in his own words, “allow Captain Bligh a little more humanity than usual and Mr Christian a little more deviousness.”In this book, Bligh is a good, conscientious officer, who is genuinely concerned for the health, hygiene and morale of his crew, and is actually determined to have the lowest flogging record of any ship. He’s kind to the boy who’s suddenly been put under his protection; he loves his family deeply, forever writing letters home to his wife Betsey and stroking her face in the portrait he keeps on his desk. He’s genuinely interested in science and horticulture, and is loyal to the memory of Captain Cook, the man who first made him an officer and under whom he learned navigation etc. In this book, Boyne attributes his determination to round Cape Horn as a deep desire to emulate Cook, which seemed eminently plausible to me, and I really felt for him when he was forced to admit defeat and turn the ship about.At the same time, Boyne avoids the trap of rehabilitating Bligh so far that he becomes a saint. Apart from holding the expected eighteenth century British views towards class and slavery and foreign cultures, he has a number of personal flaws that, if they don’t cause the mutiny, they definitely exacerbate problems. He can be obstinate, and there are times when he wants things done yesterday, especially in the case of growing the breadfruit samples. He misjudges the way to handle the crew after they start running wild with the women of Otaheite and trying to desert (though I feel that’s easy to say in hindsight). His moods are volatile, and he has a quick temper which he has a hard time keeping the lid on, which affects his relationships with other officers, especially poor Mr Fryer, the master, whom he treats pretty abysmally. (In fact, had it been Mr Fryer who’d ended up leading the mutiny, I’d have been hard pressed to blame him.) He also labours under a sense of inferiority – having command of a ship but not even the rank of commander – and there’s a certain hint that his lack of good birth in comparison to some of the other officers is at least part of the reason for his friction with Fryer. In many ways, the Bligh here is a Bligh who can be, at times, his own worst enemy. Which is pretty close to how I perceive him, too.But the real snake aboard the Bounty here is Fletcher Christian. Forget Clark Gable and Marlon Brando, Boyne’s Christian is little more than a self-serving opportunist. He takes advantage of Bligh’s blind spot where he’s concerned, and at times even subtly helps to drive the wedge between Bligh and Fryer himself. He’s very good at seeming reasonable, and finding ways to make others – including Turnstile – beholden to him. In Turnstile’s eyes, he’s something of a fop, more concerned with the amount of pomade in his hair than sailing the ship. In a way, he’s very like the character played by Brando at the start of the 1962 film, only without the conscience.The other historical character who gets a major role is Peter “the scut” Heywood, Turnstile’s nemesis. He’s snobbish, vindictive, sycophantic (especially to Christian), takes advantage of Turnstile’s ignorance of shipboard life to humiliate and scare him half to death during the crew’s ceremony when they cross the Equator, and later becomes something of a romantic rival to him, too. There are times when I felt his portrayal bordered on caricature a bit, but that may be a result of the fact that we’re seeing him through Turnstile’s eyes. Was Peter Heywood really such a horrible person? Impossible to say, especially seeing as the many accounts of his part in the mutiny are so contradictory. (Though I suppose we can be pleased that, in another continuum, Preserved Killick will one day pour boiling jam all over him!)The whole story is told through the eyes of Turnstile, who is, as far as I know, fictional. And as both a narrator and protagonist, I liked him at once. His voice is lively, racy, with plenty of humour splashed in, particularly in the early chapters. He’s cheeky and cocky, and due to the hard life he’s led, he thinks he’s already seen it all. Of course, he comes to learn that that’s simply not true. Even in the very first chapter, he’s realising things about himself that he never knew: that he wants to see the world, he likes the thought of telling stories. As he tries to find his feet in a new life – much different from what he expected it to be - he finds himself having to grow up, and looking beyond his own selfishness, especially when his loyalty to Bligh is put to the test. His relationship with Bligh is genuinely moving, as he finds in the captain a father figure he’s never had before.But despite the energy and comedy of Turnstile’s narration, it quickly becomes clear that beneath his cockiness is a deeply traumatised child, the extent of which gradually becomes clear, as he can hardly admit the pain of it even to himself. As the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (which I haven’t read because I’m not brave enough), Boyne obviously isn’t shy about tackling harrowing themes with child protagonists, and he deals pretty frankly with the theme of child trafficking and sexual abuse. He avoids being explicit, but it is upsetting. Turnstile’s trauma, his shame and denial, are vividly drawn, and I had tears in my eyes during the scene where he finally breaks down and essentially confesses all to Bligh.In addition to Turnstile’s story, this is also, of course, the story of the Bounty‘s voyage. I have to admit, although it’s a good adventure, its strongest appeal isn’t as a sea story. Perhaps this is an unfortunate by-product of me reading this in between O’Brians, but although I was utterly engaged in Turnstile’s coming-of-age story and his relationship with Bligh, I felt I was missing the seafaring side of the tale. Part of this may be due to the fact that most of Turnstile’s work as captain’s servant happens belowdecks, so there’s no real need to go into the minutiae of sail-handling etc., but at the same time, the detail about shipboard life is comparatively sparse, even though it’s clear that Boyne has done some pretty impressive research into the Bounty story (though she wasn’t a frigate, as stated several times). I think, crucially, I never got a sense of the Bounty herself. She never really felt like a character in her own right, in the way that O’Brian’s ships do. But that’s possibly an unfair comparison.That said, my favourite part of the story was the 150-odd-page section that deals with Bligh’s voyage to the Dutch East Indies after the mutiny. Simply put, what happened was that he and eighteen other loyalists were put out to sea in the Bounty‘s launch to fend for themselves. In a truly epic feat of seamanship, with only a quadrant, a watch, and his own memory (no compass or charts), Bligh was able to able to navigate the crowded boat to Timor, a voyage that took them nearly fifty days, over 3600 miles across open sea. Remarkably, only one man was lost during the voyage, though, sadly, a few did die after reaching Timor, badly ill and weakened after their ordeal. As such, I’ve always saw this as the most heroic part of the Bounty story, so I was looking forward to see how Boyne handled it.In short, I thought it was outstanding. Boyne takes it day by day, no skipping ahead in time, so you really feel the length of the journey, the danger alternating with the tedium, following the launch’s crew as they literally live from one day to the next, braving storms and hostile tribes, always hoping to find places where they can make a safe landfall to collect supplies and make repairs. They live on hardly anything, desperately conserving rations, where a tiny scrap of meat constitutes a feast. They’re sustained on hope, and sheer bloody willpower. The tension of this day-to-day approach is so acute that I almost cried at the scene where they catch a bird, only to discover that it’s too diseased to eat. And even though I know this story and know that they made it, as the days stretch out and they get gradually weaker, I was still thinking, “How?! How the hell can they possibly survive this?”The voyage in the launch is also the peak of Turnstile’s coming-of-age arc, as their survival depends on co-operation, honesty, on every man doing his bit, and even sometimes, making sacrifices for those who are weaker, and he performs admirably. It’s also the section that shows Bligh at his best: his navigational skills, his leadership qualities, his courage, and his humanity. And it gives us a few more genuinely moving moments between Turnstile and Bligh. In a way, the section in the launch best sums up the story of Mutiny on the Bounty as one of human endurance, whether that’s beating the odds in a long sea voyage in a small boat, or a human’s ability to survive, and overcome, extreme personal trauma.There’s a lot more I could say about the book, actually, but this post is overlong as it is, so I’ll leave it here. As a conclusion, I’ll just say that it’s both a brilliant coming of age story, and a welcome reinterpretation of a man who was far more complex – and human – than he’s usually given credit for being.

  • Joss
    2018-10-27 05:42

    Who knew that John Boyne wrote lots of other books before the award-winning Boy in the Striped Pajamas? I didn't but was lent this by a friend and loved it. The narrator is 14 year old John Jacob Turnstile, who for years has been working as a pickpocket for the despicable Mr Lewis (who has other tasks for the older boys in his "care" in the evenings). John is pretty good at stealing, but on this occasion is caught and hauled up before the beak. By a strange turn of fate, he is offered the chance to get off his sentence if he agrees to take the place on another lad who was due to leave on an outbound ship but has had an unfortunate accident. John takes the chance, duly boards the Bounty as servant to Captain Bligh. While the story of the Bounty is a familiar one, here we see everything through the eyes of a young lad who has never been to sea before. A great read that you won't be able to put down, even if you already know the basic story.

  • La Nicchia Letteraria
    2018-11-10 21:39

    Non avevo mai sentito parlare di questo romanzo, pur conoscendo per fama l'autore (lo stesso de "Il bambino con il pigiama a righe), ma, notando la copertina, ho deciso di scambiarlo d'impulso, evocando già nella mente l'odore del mare e le grida dei gabbiani. E non mi sbagliavo, visto che questo libro rivive tra le sue pagine lo storico ammutinamento del Bounty, raccontato in prima persona dal protagonista John Jacob Turnstile, personaggio inventato ma perfettamente plausibile (chissà che sulla nave non ci fosse davvero un mozzo come lui). L'avventura è assicurata, le descrizioni sono vivide e non si può fare a meno di simpatizzare con la schiettezza e l'onestà del giovane che, dietro al sorriso, cela ombre difficili da dimenticare. Ora resta solo da mollare gli ormeggi e salpare alla volta di nuovi orizzonti, terra di carta e mare d'inchiostro.