I should have read this book back in the 1950's or 1960's when World War II was in the recent past. The writing style and the humor displayed in this book would have been more to my liking. However, the author's wry sense of humor is still amusing in many instances.
The book consists of a series of loosely connected short stories. The title character only appears in a few of them, which I found disappointing. Despite this the book is a pleasant read.
The setting is a navy cargo ship stationed in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. The crew has to deal with the constantly oppressive tropical heat, boredom, and the knowledge that most of them are stuck on this ship until the end of the war. To make matters worse the Captain is arrogant, vicious and incompetent. The book depicts how the crew members are able to keep their sanity and what life is like aboard a non-combat ship in the backwaters of the Pacific. All the crew members love and admire Mister Roberts because he is the only officer who is not afraid of the Captain and treats everyone fairly.
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