Today’s title is another one that I have not read in years–probably more than a decade, in fact–but I wanted to include it because I do distinctly remember my first impressions reading it, and also because reflecting on it motivates me to read it again.
I think I was about 15 or 16 when I picked up Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, and I think I owe the recommendation to my beloved Oma and Opa, from whose bookshelves I also snatched my first copy of The Count of Monte Cristo (Oma and Opa, I don’t think I ever returned that book–but my literary palette was greatly expanded as a result!). As a lifelong bookworm, I would often devour novels in mere days or a week, but I think I inhaled Bounty at a rate that surpassed even my usual pace. The phrase “couldn’t put it down” does not even begin to describe my encounter with what has been called “the most stirring sea adventure ever told.” In later years, I would discover and thoroughly enjoy C. S. Forester’s Hornblower Saga, again from my grandparents’ bookshelves, but I think Bounty still remains my favorite seafaring adventure tale.
What I did not recall until researching for this post was that Mutiny on the Bounty is actually the first book in a trilogy by Nordhoff and Hall, known as The Bounty Trilogy, which concludes with Men Against the Sea and Pitcairn’s Island. This reminder has given me an even more eager desire to re-read Bounty and then pick up the remaining two books I have not yet experienced!
One great book always leads to another, does it not?!