This is the real deal: the true 1st edition, 1st printing. SCROLL DOWN THIS PAGE IMMEDIATELY TO SEE THE CONDITION OF THIS BOOK AND THIS DUST JACKET. Pierre Boulle was born in 1912 in Avignon, France, and he died in 1994 in Paris.He was a French novelist best known for THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI and PLANET OF THE APES. He was raised as a Catholic but later became an agnostic. He studied at the prestigious Ecole superieure delectricite where he received an engineers degree in 1933. At the outbreak of World War II, Boulle enlisted with the French Army in Indochina. He joined the Free French Mission in Singapore. He was captured by Vichy France loyalists on the Mekong River and was subjected to two years forced labor. He used these experiences in his famous novel THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI, about the notorious Death Railway, which became an international bestseller.
The book was semi-fictional and was based on the real plight of Allied POWs forced to build a 258 mile railway that passed over the bridge. It is estimated that over 100,000 men died during the building of the railway.
The film, named The Bride on the River Kwai, won seven Oscars, including Best Picture, and Best Actor for Alec Guinness. Boulle was credited with writing the screenplay because its two actual screenwriters had been blacklisted.In 1963, following several other reasonably successful novels, Boulle published his other famous novel, LA PLANETES DES SINGES, translated in 1964 as MONKEY PLANET by Xan Fielding, and later re-issued as PLANET OF THE APES in the U. The book was highly praised and given such reviews as this example from Englands Guardian newspaper: Classic science fiction. Full of suspense and satirical intelligence. In the year 2500, a group of astronauts, including journalist Ulysse Merou, voyage to a planet in the star system of Betelgeuse. They land to discover a bizarre world where intelligent apes are the Master Race and humans are reduced to savages: caged in zoos, used in laboratory experiments and hunted for sport. Yet the novel is also a wry parable on science, evolution, and the relationship between man and animal. In 1968 the book was made into an Oscar-winning film, directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring Charlton Heston. The screenplay, originally written by Rod Serling, focused more on action and deviated in many ways from the novel, including the addition of its own classic twist ending that was different from the novels. It inspired four sequels, a television series an animated, a 2001 remake of the original title by Tim Burton, and a 2011 reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Planet of the Apes. The original series of five films have become cult classics. Pierre Boulle was the author of such great and famous novels as these are the U.
Titles: NOT THE GLORY, SACRILEGE IN MALAYA, THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI, THE EXECUTIONER, THE TEST, SAVING FACE, PLANET OF THE APES (offered here) , GARDEN ON THE MOON, and a number of others. Author of THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI, etc.
Lord have pity on us! With these words, Pierre Boulle hurtles the reader onto the Planet of the Apes. In this simian world, civilization is turned upside down: apes are men and men are apes; apes rule and men run wild; apes think, speak, produce, wear clothes, and men are speechless, naked, exhibited at fairs, used for biological research. On the planet of the apes, man, having reached the apotheosis of his genius, has become inert. To this planet come a journalist and a scientist.
The scientist is put into a zoo, the journalist into a laboratory. Only the journalist retains the spiritual strength and creative intelligence to try to save himself, to fight the appalling scourge, to remain a man. Out of this situation, Pierre Boulle has woven a tale as harrowing, bizarre, and meaningful as any in the brilliant roster of this master storyteller.
With his customary wit, irony, and disciplined intellect and style, the author of THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI tells a swiftly moving story dealing with mans conflicts, and takes the reader into a suspenseful and strangely fascinating orbit. From the rear flap of the dust jacket. PIERRE BOULLE was born in 1912 in Avignon, France. He originally trained as an engineer, but in 1936 went to Malaya as a rubber planter. In 1939 he was called up in the French forces in Indo-China.
When France collapsed, he fled to Singapore, where he joined the Free French Mission. After the Japanese invasion, he was sent via Rangoon and the Burma Road to Yunnan to establish contact with Kuomintang forces. There he infiltrated as a guerrilla into Indo-China, where he was captured in 1943. He escaped in 1944 and was picked up by a British plane. He served for the rest of the war with Special Force, Calcutta.
He now lives in Paris. His first novel published in this country, THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI, awarded the Prix Ste.Beuve in France, was highly acclaimed on its publication in this country, and has since been accorded an amazing seven Academy Awards as a motion picture. In PLANET OF THE APES Mr. Boulle displays, as he did so brilliantly in THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI, that incisive perception that has made his other novels such intensely exciting and popular reading. Ex-library books must be noted as such since generally they are of little value to the collector of 1st editions. Condition is also very important to those collectors.
Books and dust jackets must be described in detail. Mistakes can be made (and corrected), of course, but if you DON'T KNOW, don't try to sell a book as a 1st edition. The book is tight and square in its black quarter-cloth and gray boards binding with orange and white lettering on the spine of the book and with the famous large orange circle at the upper right of the front board and with a smaller white circle at the left of the front board. The book has the correct bright orange endpapers.The publisher's orange topstain is unmarred. There is no writing in the book; no bookplates; no remainder marks. There are no chips or tears or wrinkles to the dust jacket. The spine of the dust jacket has PLANET OF THE APES in bright red lettering which is not faded; usually the red lettering on the spine panel of the dust jacket is very faded, so, unusual thus.
This is a very collectible copy of this scarce and important science fiction novel, which also spawned a major film of the same name, the sequels to that film, and a television series. A MUST FOR THE COLLECTOR OF IMPORTANT MODERN SCIENCE FICTION 1st EDITIONS AND/OR THE COLLECTOR OF IMPORTANT BOOKS MADE INTO IMPORTANT FILMS 1st EDITIONS AND/OR THE COLLECTOR OF PIERRE BOULLE 1st EDITIONS! Furthermore, however, for certain scarce books in great condition, I do expect to get close to what they're worth. Stay with me; I always have a number of important, collectible, cornerstone science fiction, fantasy, and horror 1st editions listed.
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