Pierre Boulle

Pierre Boulle


Born
in Avignon, France
February 21, 1912

Died
January 30, 1994

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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 captured and subjected to two years' forced labour. He used these experiences in The Bridge over the River Kwai, about the notorious Death Railway, which became an international bestseller. The film by David Lean won many Oscars, and Boulle was credited with writing the screenplay, because its two genuine authors had been blacklisted.

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Planet of the Apes

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3.92 avg rating — 27,996 ratings — published 1963 — 137 editions
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The Bridge Over the River Kwai

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4.02 avg rating — 6,688 ratings — published 1952 — 33 editions
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Garden on the Moon

3.71 avg rating — 45 ratings — published 1964 — 5 editions
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Time Out of Mind

3.54 avg rating — 59 ratings — published 1953 — 10 editions
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The Photographer

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The Whale Of The Victoria C...

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3.90 avg rating — 21 ratings — published 1992
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Face of a Hero

3.42 avg rating — 26 ratings — published 1953 — 3 editions
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L'archéologue et le mystère...

3.24 avg rating — 33 ratings — published 2005 — 5 editions
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La planete des singes

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“There's always some further action to take.”
Pierre Boulle

“But once an original book has been written-and no more than one or two appear in a century-men of letters imitate it, in other words, they copy it so that hundreds of thousands of books are published on exactly the same theme, with slightly different titles and modified phraseology. This should be able to be achieved by apes, who are essentially imitators, provided, of course, that they are able to make use of language.”
Pierre Boulle, Planet of the Apes

“I racked my brains to discover some sense in the events I had witnessed. I needed this intellectual exercise to escape from the despair that haunted me, to prove to myself that I was a man, I mean a man from Earth, a reasoning creature who made it a habit to discover a logical explanation for the apparently miraculous whims of nature, and not a beast hunted down by highly developed apes.”
Pierre Boulle, Planet of the Apes

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