10 Navy Fiction Books You Must Read Before You Join the Navy

Link to my original post in my Blog Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve:  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2014/04/10-books-you-must-read-before-you-join.html

NAVY FICTION
10 BOOKS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU JOIN THE NAVY
Literary Reflections
By
VIKRAM KARVE

The best thing that happened to me was the Navy.

Way back – more than 40 years ago – in the 1970’s – when I joined the Navy – life was good.

There was never a dull moment.

Something was always happening – and I came across a variety of unique personalities – yes – exciting situations and inimitable characters.

Those were the best days of my life.

Even now – whenever I reminisce about my “good old” Navy days and recall the unforgettable characters I met there – I feel happy.

Yes – whenever I hark back to the hilarious incidents (in hindsight) – those cherished memories always fill me with cheer – and sometimes – they bring a smile – maybe a laugh, – to my lips.

During my School and College days I always liked reading – but it was the Navy that gave a real impetus to my reading habit.

Those days – Junior Officers were encouraged to develop the habit of reading.

Reading was considered an “Officer Like Quality” (OLQ)

Officers were expected to be “well-informed” on various subjects – in addition to being proficient and well-versed in professional matters.

So – in addition to my professional books and technical literature – I was always reading something literary – maybe a biography (military or naval biographical literature to inspire me) – or war stories – or fiction – or a classic from literature.

The Navy had well-stocked libraries – afloat and ashore – which had a wide variety of books – ranging from the rare to contemporary on a wide variety of subjects.

This easy access to the diverse forms of the best literature really facilitated my reading habit.

I always had a book in hand – and reading formed a part of my daily routine.

Navy Wardrooms and Officers Messes had excellent libraries and you could sit with a drink in the library in the evening while browsing magazines and reading books – yes – you could drink and smoke in the mess library while reading.

Now – I believe things have changed – and other “OLQ” attributes take precedence – and reading is considered passé.

However – for a student who wants to join the Navy – it will be wise to read biographies/autobiographies/memoirs of famous Naval personalities.

It will also be apt to read books on Naval History – especially Naval Battles at Sea.

And – you must read “Navy Fiction” too.

Here are 10 “Sea Novels” which are “must reading” for a young Naval Officer – a Navy Cadet – or a student aspiring to join the Navy for a career at sea:

10 “SEA NOVELS” (NAVY FICTION) BOOKS WHICH ARE “MUST READING” FOR EVERY YOUNG NAVAL OFFICER

1. The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

2. The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

3. HMS Ulysses by Alistair MacLean
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…

4. Run Silent, Run Deep by Edward L. Beach
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run…

5. HMS Leviathan by John Winton
https://www.goodreads.com/book/s…

6. The Captain by Jan de Hartog
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

7. Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tal…

8. We Joined the Navy by John Winton
https://www.goodreads.com/book/s…

9. Winged Escort by Douglas Reeman
http://navyfiction.com/winged-es…

And last – but not the least – the all time favourite “must read” for anyone who wants to enjoy military life:

10. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…

If you are interested in the Navy – or – life at Sea – do read these books.

There are many other good sea novels (like THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER by TOM CLANCY), Navy War Memoirs, and Biographies too.

And then you will get an idea of what life in the Navy is all about.

Re-Post from my Post url: https://www.quora.com/profile/Vikram-Karve/Writing-by-VIKRAM-KARVE/Navy-Fiction-%E2%80%93-10-%E2%80%9CMust-Read%E2%80%9D-Books

Link to my original post in my Blog Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve:  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2014/04/10-books-you-must-read-before-you-join.html

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    dr. karthik Says:

    vikram karve saaheb,
    aaplee personal email id aahet mala vaat ta.
    asle tar mala dyaa/ paathvaa.

    mee punn iat madhey shikla.
    aapa sobtee
    karthik

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