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Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle
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Feb 22, 2009

it was amazing
Read in March, 2009

This imaginative story of cosmic origins is well worth reading - even if, like me, you're familiar with the original Planet of the Apes movies, TV series, and the 2001 Tim Burton production. The 36 chapters of the full edition are short, and Boulle's writing is light enough to introduce philosophical arguments and advance the story without getting hung up on them. In 250 pages, Planet of the Apes tells stories of astronauts who discover love and friendship in a stubborn but pacifistic world. I thought the story was both gripping and entertaining, albeit a little comical at times. And how does it compare to the movies? I enjoyed interpreting the original source material, and this didn't distract from my appreciation of the 60's Heston screenplay.
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