Friday Mystery Author: Herman Woulk

This week’s Friday Mystery Author passage was from Herman Woulk’s classic The Caine Mutiny. Mr. Woulk won the Pulitzer for this novel, though he might be better remembered for his The Winds of War and War and Remembrance.

Commander Queeg saluted the colors, and then saluted Harding. “Request permission to come aboard, sir,” he said politely.

“Permission granted.” Harding gave a bare flip of a salute.

The new captain smiled slightly and said, “My name is Queeg.” He held out his hand.

Harding stiffened, gulped, pulled up his belt, saluted again, and tried to return the handshake, but Queeg had put his hand up to return the salute, so that Harding grasped empty air. Then the handclasp was fumblingly accomplished…

UPDATE: Wrechard draws a parallel between The Caine Mutiny and the Edwards campaign bloggers.  Ultimately, though, Queeg was the hero of the story to Woulk…

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5 Responses to “Friday Mystery Author: Herman Woulk”

  1. Friday Mystery Author: February 9, 2007 « Zeal and Activity Says:

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  2. George Miller Says:

    I am a friend of a WWII navy vet named Marshall Ralph Doak. Mr. Doak served on the USS Arapaho and the story of the Caine Mutiny he believes is derived from his ship, as the first officer Alexander Turak, and he removed the captain from the bridge while he was drunk and saved their vessell. Email me and I will fill you in more. The irie similarities between the Caine Mutiny and the real USS Arapaho are stunning.
    thanks for your time
    ps Mr Turak we believe knew Mr Wouk at Columbia and we feel the story of the Caine came from their being mutual friends
    George Miller

  3. Timothy Says:

    Interesting, I’d like to know more about that. Wouk also served on destroyer-minesweepers in the Pacific during the war and I always heard the book described as “based on his experiences.” zealandactivity at yahoo.com is the address. Thanks for the comment.

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