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Face of a Hero

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Saving Face is the rigorous analysis of a case of cowardice, which, being barely believable : "a public prosecutor, witness of a deadly accident and aware of the innocence of the defendant, decides nevertheless to sentence this man to death" allows
Pierre Boulle to create an absurd atmosphere.
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Published July 1st 1976 by Vanguard Press (first published 1953)
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Jim
Jan 12, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it
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I cannot conceive of this book ever having been written in the United States. Picture a young public prosecutor resting on the banks of the Rhone with his girlfriend, who sleeps with her head on his chest. Across the river, a young woman who appears to have had an accident stumbles, falls into the river, and drowns. Our hero does ... nothing.

It transpired that the wastrel son of an influential businessman is blamed by the entire community for murdering the girl, even though the prosecutor knows
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Feb 09, 2014 Dave rated it really liked it
Great character study of a proud young government prosecutor who cannot acknowledge his weaknesses. A bit too long and repetitive in parts. The author also wrote Bridge Over the River Kwai and Planet of the Apes.
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Excellent example of how politics can dictate morality in a disastrous way. Very well done.
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Pierre 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 films.

Boulle was an engineer serving as a secret agent with the Free French in Singapore, when he was captu
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