Pierre Boulle ↠ 5 Summary
T the Japanese which is the sort of esponse that can be understood if not enjoyed and during the war as with any war it is an effective techniue to demonise and deminish the enemy This book was by far one of the worst of this kind I have ever ead though the author could not mention a single Japanese character without abusing their physical appearance he could not mention the Japanese as a nation without sneering at how they are primitives and just generally subpar to Europeans Leaving aside the fact that Japan is a old ich far from primitive culture the acism was still excessive Worse He did the same thing to the Siamese and that infuriated me completely Thailand is an incredibly old immensely civilized culture which I both adore and espect and THEY WERE ALLIES in this scenario There is no excuse at all for diminishing and abusing them for calling them savages when they are your guides and allies Next was a eally eally odd and even icky element We all know that the French and the English have issues Pierre Boulle chose to write this novel using English characters ather than French and as far as I can see he did that purely for the purpose of creating nasty childish and stupid caricatures as a sly way to mock the English The Colonel was idiotic the behaviour of the English POW s was so very far from eality I can only assume Pierre never met one or maybe he did and still chose character assassination on these men that had suffered so much While for a while I tried to believe that it was the translation that made the characters so immensely unbelievable by page 50 I could no longer believe that So acist against the Japanese the Siamese AND the English This author is a piece of workThird the history Here one might have expected the author to shine since the fictional story claims to have used Pierre Boulle s own life experience working in Malaysia plantations and for allied forces in Singapore and Indochina during World War II Well wherever Pierre hung out I am dead certain that it was nowhere near the actual Burma Railway or with anyone who was eally there The things that the workers on that ailway suffered were horrendous but Pierre barely mentions them a casual wave of his hand about not having enough clothes A glancing mention that the medic in the team was not happy about the conditions There was one pretty moderate beating Knowing what actually occurred on the Hellfire pass and on the death ailway eading this actually made me sick with fury on behalf of the veterans I don t mind that the actual bridge and the mission to sabotage are fictional that is fine for a novel But the description of the British Colonel virtually subjugating the Japanese commandant of the work camp that was so idiotically ludicrous that I could barely ead it The complete lack of understanding on the part of the author of ANY of the actual events or conditionsughI will leave you with a couple of excerpts that annoyed me The officers sir the British officers They are not being made to work they are all in full uniform badges of ank and all pg 92 The Siamese were not ualified to appreciate the technical genius of Captain Reeves but they were fully aware this was no shapeless scaffolding in the usual Japanese style Primitive people have an instinctive appreciation of applied art and design Primitive Thai architecture PRIMITIVE This dreck won awardsPretty horrid book eally if you are considering it maybe instead check out any of the eally good stories based on eal experiences If you look at the page count as I did and think it is only 157 pages I can do that easily I warn you that most of those pages are as painful as having fingernails pulled I always feel odd ating a classic as it is so far beyond my power to comment on whether for good or for evil I both loved the book and hated it and now that I ve gotten all the way through it I will have to process and then ead it again to try to get my mind around it I spent most of the book struggling to understand what I was eading I couldn t connect with the characters especially Nicholson I spent the first part of the book beating my head against the wall trying to understand what he was doing an. E a symbol of service and survival to one prisoner Colonel Nicholson a proud perfectionist Pitted against the warden Colonel Saito Nicholson will nevertheless out of a distor.
D why Finally I did some esearch into British army customs and egulations of the time which helped me out I kept going But the first duty of an officer is to escape This is aid and comfort to the enemy How is this not treason until I manage to grasp that at the time the first duty of an officer was to secure the lives of his men I couldn t get around the extremely paternal attitude of the officers toward the enlisted men until I ealized that I was approaching the situation as a modern American and wasn t taking into account the still class based structure of the British army of the time when the officers were still gentry and the enlisted men were still commoners by and large Eventually I was able to accept that I was eading something of a very different time and place and instead of stumbling over the acism and paternalism I had to just accept it for what it was and move on The book is as they say what it is I saw the movie first and I had no idea how much they d changed the ending I was shocked at the end although having pondered it I think that the book s ending is true to the characters than the 11th hour edemption of the movie I was surprised that for such an action and suspense heavy plot that much of the action took place in narrative form of characters telling other characters what happened instead of following it in eal time so to speak That disturbed the flow of the story for me taking me out of the moment I m assuming that that was a style choice on the part of the author although I have no idea why I feel that the true application of the novel would not be in military history classes but ather in psychology and sociology classes to study the impact of stress and the mind s extraordinary abilities to take care of itself and the level of cognitive dissonance we e all capable of to justify our actions with our deeply held beliefs and just keep going How knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men The Shadow and Pierre Boulle know Three stars for The Bridge Over the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle I liked it but man o man it annoyed me A product of it s times written in 1954 Kwai is both stereotypical and stiff in the telling of a 1942 WWII Pacific Theatre event I suppose most have at least seen or heard of the film starring Alec Guinness and William Holden The stiff necked Brit Colonel Nicholson whose pride blinds his patriotism somehow and the attending figures that surround him Colonol Saito his Japanese counterpart that is head of that particular POW camp and the bridge that must be built for the Japanese invasion to go as planned I d seen most of the film many years ago and eally Guinness is perfect for the part of Nicholson breathing a life into the character that is somehow flatter in the book But I must get back to the book Sorry Blind pride Men following orders Oppressive jungle temperatures Partially unprepared insurgents Boulle eally brings out the similarities of nationalities probably a bit ahead of his time I think A uote of the first page of the book kind of sums it up The insuperable gap between East and West that exists in some eyes is perhaps nothing than an optical illusion Perhaps it is only the conventional way of expressing a popular opinion based on insufficient evidence and masuerading as a universally ecognized statement of fact for which there is no justification at all not even the plea that it contains an element of truth During the last war saving face was perhaps as vitally important to the British as it was to the Japanese Perhaps it dictated the behavior of the former without their being aware of it as forcibly and as fatally as it did of the latter and no doubt that of every other ace in the worldI like that in other words we are all the same underneath the skin as it were Nationalism acism and whatever other isms one can think of are essentially superfluous It is true and I wish would ealize it We are creeping up on that thought but faster please I enjoyed this tale of obsession within a parable on the futility and absurdity of war loosely based on Japanese use of British prisoners of war to build a ailroad bridge in the jungles of Siam during World War IIBoulle as narrator open. Ted sense of duty aid his enemy While on the outside as the Allies ace to destroy the bridge Nicholson must decide which will be the first casualty his patriotism or his pri.
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375 starsI usually came across this fiction during my college years in a number of good bookshops in Bangkok but I thought it was beyond my eading capability so I never picked it up to ead I vaguely knew from my eading that there was an acclaimed film entitled The Bridge On the River Kwai 1957 but surprisingly I had never watched it until the menacingly advanced internet era allows us to watch any film at will provided that we are lucky that film in uestion is copyright free by simply typing its title on YouTube In the meantime I think there is something worth eading and essential to our background information on the film production and understanding on this military novel in which we can ead on this website However the iver s name itself may pose a problem to those unfamiliar with its pronunciation especially to foreigners or tourists who encounter it for the first time Kwai is transliterated from a Thai word so it is ight to pronounce the word Kwai as if there is a letter following just imagine it with an like this Kwair Please note there is a pitfall on pronouncing Kwai as you see hyming with eye because that is another Thai word meaning buffalo I agreed with some eaders verdict stating that the film was worth watching and interesting than eading this 4 part 25 chapter military fiction For some eason I found eading its Parts 1 3 tedious while Part 4 war like with intense climax and action Moreover there is an inconstancy egarding the promulgated concept on the Southeast Asia Coprosperity Sphere p 21 and the Southeast Asia Sphere p 189 The author might have focused on Southeast Asia so he has ephrased it In fact the concept was entitled Greater East Asia Co Prosperity Sphere In the early 1950 s I first came across this concept in some Thai tabloids translated into Thai as and wondered what it meantTo continue This was in my personal opinion a complete stinkerThis book is aved about by so many people it and the movie it inspired were the forerunners of a great deal of historical literature film and documentaries about the bridge in uestion and the Japanese WWII prison camps that worked on the Burma ailway Some have called it a classic war novel but I found it appallingly badly written or possibly translated I would not know stereotyped way past the point of caricature incredibility verbose and insultingly incorrect on historical detailsPerhaps if this was the first story of it s kind I had ead or if I knew nothing about the actual history I might have tolerated it better but no matter what it would NEVER have been a good bookFirst The writing It was very verbose florid and clumsy You have to give it some leeway for being a translation sure The omance languages do not always translate easily to English But the descriptions of the camps and the conditions were vague and unconvincing while the descriptions of the jungles and climate were pretty lame considering the author was meant to have been in a few On the other hand I had to endure pages of a young soldiers inner agonising over the fact that he may have to kill a man with a knife which was unlikely and honestly got boring In terms of story structure it was all over the place We start with the POW s in the camp led by a batshite crazy Colonel as described by a medic who was the only even slightly likely character in the whole book But after having set up the POW camp and the bridge as the main portion of the story but about halfway through the author seems to get bored with them which I understand as I too was bored with them and then the story drifts off to the separate team that have been sent to blow up the bridge and which have no link at all to the POWs Three men almost no action pages and pages of florid waffle Did anyone REALLY enjoy this novel Or did they watch the movie and pretend to have ead itSecond the characterisation Yes it is as acist as you could possibly imagine Actually it is worse Many historical novels are acist sexist or imperialist in any one of many ways and I ead a lot of historical stuff so I can usually ead past that accepting it as the perspective of the time in which it was written Post WWII there was a lot of acism agains. 1942 Boldly advancing through Asia the Japanese need a train oute from Burma going north In a prison camp British POWs are forced into labor The bridge they build will becom.
Librarian Note There is than one author in the Goodreads database with this namePierre Boulle 20 February 1912 – 30 January 1994 was a French novelist best known for two works The Bridge over the River Kwai 1952 and Planet of the Apes 1963 that were both made into award winning filmsBoulle was an engineer serving as a secret agent with the Free French in Singapore when he was captu