Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle ; Translation by Xan Fielding
New York : Vanguard Press, 1963. First American Edition. First Printing. Hardcover. 246 pages ; 20 cm. The dust jacket is a second edition library discarded dust jacket with the $4.95 price mark rather than the $4.50 price mark that is on the first edition dust jacket. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.
PLANET OF THE APES by Pierre Boulle
Author of "The Bridge Over the River Kwai," etc.
"I am confiding this manuscript to space, not with the intention of saving myself, but to help, perhaps, to avert the appalling scourge that is menacing the human race. 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 man's conflicts, and takes the reader into a suspenseful and strangely fascinating orbit.
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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.
After the war, Mr. Boulle returned for a time to Malaya, and then went to the Cameroons. 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.
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