Planet of the Apes (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Apr 13, 2011 - Fiction - 272 pages
32 Reviews
Before you see the movie, read the original novel!

First published more than thirty-five years ago, Pierre Boulle’s chilling novel launched one of the greatest science fiction sagas in motion picture history, from the classic 1968 movie starring Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowell, through four sequels and two television series . . . and now the newest film adaptation directed by Tim Burton.

In the not-too-distant future, three astronauts land on what appears to be a planet just like Earth, with lush forests, a temperate climate, and breathable air. But while it appears to be a paradise, nothing is what it seems.

They soon discover the terrifying truth: On this world humans are savage beasts, and apes rule as their civilized masters. In an ironic novel of nonstop action and breathless intrigue, one man struggles to unlock the secret of a terrifying civilization, all the while wondering: Will he become the savior of the human race, or the final witness to its damnation? In a shocking climax that rivals that of the original movie, Boulle delivers the answer in a masterpiece of adventure, satire, and suspense.


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It's a quick and easy read and quite the ripping yarn. - Goodreads
Every human female character is weak and repressed. - Goodreads
Easy to read, done in a day or two. - Goodreads
The twist ending is the greatest!!! - Goodreads
And I liked that second twist ending. - Goodreads
The premise remains the same. - Goodreads

Review: Planet of the Apes

User Review  - Jim Dooley - Goodreads

This was a book that I decided to revisit, having read it many years ago after seeing the 1968 movie in the theater. I had recalled enjoying it, but not much more. So, how was the revisit? The style ... Read full review

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User Review  - James Haggarty - Goodreads

This is a older book that has been turned into a very good film franchise, although not like to films, it is still a timeless tale. The book follows Ulysses a french astronaut who has had his crew ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
9
Section 3
17
Section 4
21
Section 5
27
Section 6
37
Section 7
45
Section 8
53
Section 21
139
Section 22
149
Section 23
157
Section 24
163
Section 25
173
Section 26
179
Section 27
191
Section 28
197

Section 9
59
Section 10
67
Section 11
77
Section 12
81
Section 13
87
Section 14
93
Section 15
99
Section 16
105
Section 17
111
Section 18
119
Section 19
125
Section 20
133
Section 29
203
Section 30
209
Section 31
217
Section 32
222
Section 33
231
Section 34
239
Section 35
249
Section 36
253
Section 37
260
Section 38
261
Section 39
267
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About the author (2011)

Pierre Boulle was born in Avignon, France in 1912. He originally trained as an engineer, but in 1936 went to Malaysia as a rubber planter. In 1939 he was called up in the French forces in Indochina. When France fell during World War II, 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. He infiltrated Indochina as a guerilla where he was captured in 1943. He escaped in 1944, was picked up by a British plane, and served in the Special Forces in Calcutta for the rest of the war.

His first novel published in the United States was The Bridge on the River Kwai. It was awarded the Prix Ste. Beuve in France, and led to the motion picture that received an amazing seven Academy Awards. He considered his subsequent books, of which Planet of the Apes is the most well-known, to be social fantasies.


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