Thursday, June 26, 2008

mutiny on the bounty

by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall

Very good. Gripping. An unusual combination of truth and fiction. The authors researched extensively, but told the tale from the point of view of a fictional character, based on one of the participants.

The brutality of British Navy is shown in a flogging episode near the beginning of the book. I'd advise younger and more sensitive readers to avoid it.

a very private enterprise

by Elizabeth Ironside

I read this a couple of weeks ago and was surprised to find that I drew a complete blank when I tried to remember what it was about. So I guess I'd have to call it forgettable. I went to Amazon to refresh my memory. It was well-written, as were her other books, but somehow not as engaging. The main character, a middle-aged man, was a rather detached personality. The setting was India, which didn't add or detract anything for me. Eh.

books I've read in the past month

The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
Rupert of Henzau (sequel to above)

Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall

Raising Your Child, Not by Force but by Love by Sidney Craig

A Very Private Enterprise by Elizabeth Ironside

Ramage books, 10-14, by Dudley Pope

St. Monica by F. A. Forbes

Winning Souls for Christ by Raoul Plus, S. J.