The Caine Mutiny
A Novel of World War IIBook - 1992
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Amid the chaos of war, a leader seems to lose his grip on reality and his crew decides to take irreversible action
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This obliviousness on both sides to the fact that the opponents were human beings may perhaps be cited as the key to the many massacres of the Pacific war.
Willie passed to thinking about death and life and luck and God. Philosophers are at home with such thoughts, perhaps, but for other people it is actual torture when these concepts--not the words, the realities--break through the crust of daily occurrences and grip the soul.
I never said he was crazy. I said he was teetering on the edge. That kind is almost impossible to nail. Once you accuse them, they shrink back into the most convincing goddamn normal attitudes you ever saw. They're as cunning as acrobats at treading that thin line between being a bastard and being a lunatic.
The Navy is a master plan designed by geniuses for execution by idiots. If you're not an idiot, but find yourself in the Navy, you can only operate well by pretending to be one.
Paranoia/ the distinguishing mark of this neurosis is extreme plausibility and a most convincing normal manner on the surface. Particularly in self-justification.
Well, normality, you know, is a fiction in psychiatry. It's all relative. No adult is without problem except a happy imbecile.
It was nothing like the boyish pique he had felt against Capt. de Vriess. It was like the hate of a husband for his sick wife, a mature, solid hate, caused by an unbreakable tie to a loathsome person, and existing not as a self-justification, but for the rotten gleam of pleasure it gave off in the continuing gloom.
the test to the validity of any symbol is the extent to which it is rooted in reality.
well, remember this, you've had things your own way too long, and all your immaturity is due to that. You need some stone walls to batter yourself against. I strongly suspect you'll find plenty of them on the caine. I don't envy you the experience itself, but I do envy you the strengthening you're going to derive from it. Had I had one such experience in my younger years, I might not be dying a failure.
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