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Fortællingen om kaptajn Bligh og hans sømænds 41 døgns strabadser i åben båd efter mytteriet på orlogsskibet "Bounty" i 1789.

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Twenty one men were placed in the Bounty's launch following the celebrated mutiny. Lt. Bligh brought all but one of them to Timor island, the closest European colony. This is a novel necessarily kinder to Bligh than the two Hollywood films made in 1935, and 1965. In the opinion of Bligh's biographers, Bligh was a magnificent bad weather sailor, and a very good Navigator, but a very difficult human being to live with. In a rowboat with only seven inches (17.7 cm) of freeboard, it must have been a very difficult 2500 miles. Try "The Bounty" a British/Australian co-production for a better view of Bligh. ( )
1 stem DinadansFriend | Mar 5, 2024 |
This book continues the story of mutiny aboard the British armed vessel, the Bounty. It picks up the story of its captain, William Bligh, following the mutiny and details the 3600 mile voyage across open seas he took with 17 other members of the crew.

Nordhoff and Hall turned this adventure story into something more than mere action; it provided an alternative psychological insight into Bligh from the one detailed in the first book of the trilogy. It is extraordinary how Bligh transforms from a psychotic martinet into a bonafide hero in Men Against the Sea. From being a character of disgust, Bligh becomes a man uniquely suited to the task he faces of saving himself and his 17 member loyal crew.

Another turn in this volume from the first book Mutiny on the Bounty, is the change in narrator. Mutiny has as its narrator the young midshipman, Roger Byam. In Men Against the Sea, the narrator is the older, wiser, and more knowledgeable ship's surgeon, Thomas Ledward. Accordingly, the narration shifts from the perspective a young man eager for action and adventure--while being more than a bit naive--to an older man more nuanced with life and its disappointments and harsh demands. Ledward's narration and dialogue, therefore, is a bit more complex and expert than Byam's. This is a subtle shift that Nordhoff and Hall managed to pull off in a manner so to shift the reader's entire point of view from that of the first book.

Finally, there is the description of the sea. Men Against the Sea yields an image of the ocean that is constantly changing. From storms and purple clouds to sunlit days of blinding clarity, the passage of the men through the waters is as varied as any trek along the land. Blue waters, clear waters, foul waters, all turned glassy calm or foamy and violent, the sea is ever changing. By novel's end, the reader is just as eager to follow the fate of the Bounty's loyal seamen as he or she was to see out the eventual fate of the mutineers in the first volume. ( )
1 stem PaulCornelius | Apr 12, 2020 |
This is the story of what happened to Captain Bligh & the men with him that were cast off from the Bounty! Captain Bligh seems like a different person! Since this is based on the true story, it's quite amazing! ( )
  CAFinNY | Apr 26, 2019 |

I read Men Against the Sea during a particularly insomniac night; it's the shortest of the three books, told in the voice of the (historical) surgeon's mate of the Bounty, Thomas Ledward, explaining the epic 41-day, 6,500 km journey taken by Bligh and 18 others in an 7-metre long open boat from the site of the mutiny (near Tofua, one of the Tonga islands) to Kupang at the western end of Timor, avoiding the potentially hostile shores of Australia and other islands - one man was killed at the very beginning, on Tofua. It is an extraordinary feat of navigation, and Nordhoff and Hall succeed in spinning it out; the internal tensions among the 18 survivors are easy to imagine and well portrayed. The impact of their ordeal on the men's digestive systems also is a disturbing but reasonable detail. Interestingly, Samuel is portrayed here as just another crew member; the previous book's anti-Semitism has disappeared. The book ends with Ledward taking his leave of Bligh, who is on his way back to London. In real life, Ledward was one of the five crewmen who died very soon after they reached Batavia (where they all went shortly after arriving in Timor). ( )
1 stem nwhyte | Dec 14, 2017 |
360. Men Against the Sea, by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall (read 19 Jun 1949) I was mightily impressed by the feat that this book tells of, that Captain Bligh could bring all the men in the boat to safety. The book lives in my memory still,, after 63 years! ( )
1 stem Schmerguls | May 27, 2013 |
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