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The Bounty

The True Story Of The Mutiny On The Bounty

By Caroline Alexander, 1956-

More than two centuries have passed since Master's Mate Fletcher Christian mutinied against Lieutenant Bligh on a small, armed transport vessel called Bounty. Why the details of this obscure adventure at the end of the world remain vivid and enthralling is as intriguing as the truth behind the legend.

In giving the Bounty mutiny its historical due, Caroline Alexander has chosen to frame her narrative by focusing on the court-martial of the ten mutineers who were captured in Tahiti and brought to justice in England. This fresh perspective wonderfully revivifies the entire saga, and the salty, colorful language of the captured men themselves conjures the events of that April morning in 1789, when Christian's breakdown impelled every man on a fateful course: Bligh and his loyalists on the historic open boat voyage that revealed him to be one of history's great navigators; Christian on his restless exile; and the captured mutineers toward their day in court. As the book unfolds, each figure emerges as a full-blown character caught up in a drama that may well end on the gallows. And as Alexander shows, it was in a desperate fight to escape hanging that one of the accused defendants deliberately spun the mutiny into the myth we know today-of the tyrannical Lieutenant Bligh of the Bounty.

Ultimately, Alexander concludes that the Bounty mutiny was sparked by that most unpredictable, combustible, and human of situations-the chemistry between strong personalities living in close quarters. Her account of the voyage, the trial, and the surprising fates of Bligh, Christian, and the mutineers is an epic of ambition, passion, pride, and duty at the dawn of the Romantic era.

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Publish Date

2003

ISBN

067003133X


Format: Book
Author: Alexander, Caroline, 1956-
Title: The Bounty : the true story of the mutiny on the Bounty / Caroline Alexander.
Publisher Date: New York : Viking, 2003.
Subject: Bligh, William, 1754-1817 -- Travel -- Oceania. Christian, Fletcher, 1764-1793 -- Travel -- Oceania. Bounty (Ship) Bounty Mutiny, 1789 Oceania -- Description and travel
Isbn: 067003133X (alk. paper)
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Call Number: 996.18 Ale
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Bib Id: 197524

Format: Book
Author: Alexander, Caroline, 1956-
Title: The Bounty : the true story of the mutiny on the Bounty / Caroline Alexander.
Publisher, Date: New York : Viking, 2003.
Description: 491 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Bligh, William, 1754-1817 -- Travel -- Oceania.
Subjects: Christian, Fletcher, 1764-1793 -- Travel -- Oceania.
Subjects: Bounty (Ship)
Subjects: Bounty Mutiny, 1789
Subjects: Oceania -- Description and travel
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 449-467) and index.
LCCN: 2003050158
ISBN: 067003133X (alk. paper)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 996.18 Ale