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Topic: My God, I Hate Captain Queeg!

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Subject: My God, I Hate Captain Queeg!
Date Posted: 6/4/2011 6:11 PM ET
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I am reading the Caine Mutiny and loving every minute of it.

Wouk does a terrific job of making the characters seem so real. I hate, hate, hate, Captain Queeg! He's just an awful bumbling, buffoon who blames all his mistakes on others.

I can't wait for the mutiny.





Date Posted: 6/4/2011 7:30 PM ET
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My hubby, who was a naval officer as a young man, told me that, in the Navy, if the captain of the ship is loved by the crew, then the 'exec' (No.2 on board) has to expect to be hated.  And vice versa . . . . . captain hated, exec loved.    He couldn't really explain it, though----it just works that way more often than not.

Last Edited on: 6/4/11 7:31 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/25/2011 12:03 AM ET
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This was a terrific book even though I am not familiar with a lot of the shipping gear and terms, but I settled in and enjoyed the ride.

The characters came alive for me. Obviously Captain Queeg was powerful. I really thought he was such a villain, but as the story progresses things may or may not be what they seem.

What's insane? What's paranoia especially at war? What's bravery? What's true cowardice? Oh, things get switched around so expertly that I didn't know who was nuts and who wasn't. 

The book gave me something profound to think about thanks to Greenwald's post trial drunken speech. WOW.



Subject: Capt Queeg sucks ass?
Date Posted: 7/28/2011 7:59 PM ET
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You may feel a little differently about him after you finish the novel. You probably won't like him, but you may feel just a tad sorry for him. No matter how you feel about him, he certainly appears to be one of the most famous captains who never lived (at least in english language literature), along with Captains Ahab and Nemo. Where is that dam strawberry ice cream anyway?