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Originally written in 1963 by the same author who brought us The Bridge Over the River Kwai this book will most likely be remembered for the many movies that were based on it Caution Vague Spoilers AheadI don t really think that I can do this book ustice in my review I thought that it was brilliant I know that I have seen the movie long ago and remember the big reveal at the end and Charlton yelling about damning everyone all to hell but I don t remember much than that I ll have to watch the movie againI really loved the subtle cautionary tale running throughout the story Maybe it s Vocabulario Figurado 2 just my feminist liberal bleeding heart whispering to me but I feel that Boulleust plain hated live animal experiments and was determined to show people that the tables could be turned one day Easily But than that the book cautions us not to be complacent and lazy about our place in life and in the food chain and to keep striving and learning and bettering ourselves but NOT at the cost of other life forms We re on top now but only time will tell if we stay there And do we actually deserve to be We the Lords of Creation seem to think that we can do anything and everything we want to do We re so filled with pride that we never think that OUR civilization could fall Those kind of things are for history books not real life Yet we consume resources like they re going out of style and pollute the earth like we have a spare and Sex, Politics, and Religion in Star Wars just generally act like there s a Reset button somewhere that we canust press when we ve reached the point of no return Why shouldn t another species give running things a try If they can do it better But that s the thing They imitate us so WOULD they do it better At one point in the story when Merou was being shown the experiments I thought to myself They are proud of the fact that they are keeping the animals down Taking any vestiges of humanity or rational thought away as soon as it is displayed in order to protect themselves They are so fearful of the possibility of human uprising that they commit atrocities to prevent them And then I thought to myself Oh snap So do we We can Home Remedies justify anything And so can Apes who apparently learned from the best In examining the Apes we re looking at ourselves Can we really passudgmentBut I was happy to see that the three races of Apes could cohabitate and cooperate in peace which is than we ve accomplished so far Our differences divide us but the Apes recognize and relish their differences and use them well But Apes still seem to rival Man in the fear department the unknown is scary so Defender for Hire (Heroes for Hire, just destroy it and move onI do have to say that I was kind of annoyed with Merou s assumption that life forms in a far far away galaxy would automatically be human to be intelligent Itust goes to show that our pride will be our downfall But it reminded me of a uote from another science fiction book that I enjoyed Solaris by Stanislaw Lem which you should remember if you keep up with my reviewsWe take off into the cosmos ready for anything for solitude for hardship for exhaustion death Modesty forbids us to say so but there are times when we think pretty well of ourselves And yet if we examine it closely our enthusiasm turns out to be all sham We don t want to conuer the cosmos we simply want to extend the boundaries of Earth to the frontiers of the cosmos For us such and such a planet is as arid as the Sahara another as frozen as the North Pole yet another as lush as the basin We are humanitarian and chivalrous we don t want to enslave other races we simply want to beueath them our values and take over their heritage in exchange We think of ourselves as the Knights of the Holy Contact This is another lie We are only seeking Man We have no need of other worlds We need mirrors We don t know what to do with other worlds We arrive here as we are in reality and when the page is turned and that reality is revealed to us that part of our reality which we would prefer to pass over in silence then we don t like it any Oh it s so apt We inherently assume that anyone of any worth or intelligence will be Spots Fun with Friends just like us Even the Little Green Men type aliens that pop up in the Weekly World News magazines are still modeled after humans and hell they are nicknamed men Iust hope that one day we ll be able to see the bigger pictureI do want to mention two things that I wish were clarified a little in the book I d been told that the twist in the book was different than the twist in the movie I had had a theory that somehow during the ourney from Earth something got mixed up and the planet they landed on WAS Earth only far in the future Since it seems that was not correct I m confused as to how two planets so distant actually would be so very similar The two main races Apes and humans are the same genetically or so it seems as Merou was able to successfully mate with an alien human and there are several other animals that are similar Not to mention the society and transportatio. 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 teh 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 cl.
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Reds of millions have viewed the motion picture with relatively speaking a few million read the publication I m guessing A futuristic couple Jinn and Phyllis acting appropriately bored while taking a soothing leisurely vacation in remote dark endless Space still strangely enthralling in the distant year of AD 2500 They uite unexpectedly arrive upon an object outside their spaceship Curious the pair retreats the item and memories go back to the days of sailing ships on the high seas of Earth come forth with a rush A message in a bottle is found imagine the manuscript is in the ancient language of the third rock from the Sun French However Jinn having been well educated there and can read the papers though he uncovers the author s name written by Ulysse Merou and telling of an expedition from our world to the giant star Betelgeuse 642 light years from good old Earth their object was to explore planets suspected of orbiting that legendary star maybe find life Along with ournalist Merou are botanist Professor Antellet and physician Arthur Levain when landing on one of the four planets discovered they surprisingly meet humanoid like mutes harmless creatures primitives to be honest and easily dominated by the spacemen Soon however the Earthmen along with the natives are ambushed byApes human than humans no exaggeration either nor dream brutal reality sets in uickly and conseuences begin Slaughtering them these intelligent ape like animals the men run for their lives but are soon captured separated from his friends Ulysse is put in a humiliating cage with enchanting Nova a female mute he has befriended This planet of the apes looks at Merou like a lowly animal in a zoo leaving this upside down place is the ultimate goal of Ulysse a nice place to visit but you wouldn t want to live there A fine satire of the silliness of our world s numerous foibles and downright if I may say the old fashioned word evil everything changes but all remains the same Almost all the great discoveries she stated vehemently have been made by chimpanzeesExperimentation is needed for all great discoveries and what would a chimpanzee use as a lab animal Why a human of course Oh those damn dirty apesDespite Charleton Heston s scenery chewing I ve always loved Planet of the Apes the movie The book Well it gets off to an awkward start The writing is clunky and the Planet of the Apes is shocking and eye opening a classic sci fi novel that everyone should read The themes within it are certainly worth it I enjoyed this story I can say both the book and the movie are great in their own way The movie was science fiction but the book seemed socially based lo fi science fiction The book goes way in depth about the planet our narrator and his crew have landed on Through the narrator we discover much about the ape planet than the movie gives The interaction between the primitive man chimpanzees gorillas and orangutans follows the movie yet the author does a great Their Convenient Amish Marriage (Pinecraft Homecomings job of telling the tale On the planet exists social constructs and norms a Simian language art and science zoos lobotomy experiments and Lastly we discover how the shift occurred and monkeys came to rule the world Pierre Boulle has a uniue way of telling a story full of detail yet is entertaining and creative Overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes any movies from the franchise Thanks ENGLISH Planet of the Apes ITALIANO Jinn and Phyllis were spending a wonderful holiday in space as far away as possible from the inhabited stars A couple of tourists on an interplanetary trip runs into a bottle drifting in the space They obtain in this way a manuscript in which is told the story of Ulysse M rou a Frenchournalist and his space ourney toward the Betelgeu I think Pierre Boulle s novel Planet of the Apes is a social fantasy an allegory for revealing our civilization as blindly mimicking our past as aping the good and bad of what has come before It is a statement against complacency a warning that history will repeat itself if we are not eternally vigilant The novel may also be read as a cautionary illustration of our relationship with our environment and the animals with which we share the EarthOr it s a fun science fiction book about chimps orangutans and gorillas ruling a planetWritten by Pierre Boule and first published in 1963 as La Plan te des singes this bears a closer literary resemblance to Edgar Rice Burroughs or Jules Verne than to modern science fiction Boulle himself the author of The Bridge Over the River Kwai described the novel as a social fantasy There is a scene of racial memory that is especially noteworthy but a fine work throughout I can say after reading the original novel that all of the films have been loosely based upon Boulle s literature although the most recent series may ultimately be the closest to Boulle s vision I am coming to believe that the 1960s were the zenith of science fiction and this is a good exampl. 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 cutomary 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 orbi.
N etc It ust seems so unlikely that Soror would be so similar to Earth without knowing of its existence And speaking of which that brings me to the second thing Merou named the planet Soror prior to meeting any sentient beings Didn t they have their own name for the planet I cannot believe that throughout ANY of the discussions they had regarding the origins of their species or space travel or anything that they did not once say Oh and by the way we call our planet Apex Haha get it But really that point bothered me in the story Anyway Aside from those two points I thought that this was a really great book I hope that everyone gets a chance to read it one day This is a book that deserves to stand the test of time I think it s as valid now as it was back in the fiftiesLet s ignore the movies for ust a moment They re important in their own right for capturing a cultural zeitgeist and for showing us all how damning cultural bias can be One can make the argument that the Planet of the Apes movies underscored the 60 s put it all in sharp relief But I m going to talk about the book about why the book needs to be read nowCultural bias is everywhere All around us It s in the very air we breathe In general we don t see itOur assumptions make us prisoners The apes are the epitome of Western Thought Casually racist in everything they do they rationalize everyone OTHER than themselves into a kind of slavery Whether it s about cultural superiority scientific superiority military superiority or ANY reason to make themselves appear important than the OTHER they take itBecause what would happen otherwiseRhetoric would fall apart giving way to a careful observation of the real circumstances People are being kept in cages They re experimented upon They are left in atrocious conditions and made to fight for scraps to survive The purpose is to turn them into animals FIRST in order to prove the original assumption that they are animalsIf this isn t classic racism I don t know what is Every argument they make must revolve around the basic assumption that THEY are better than US If the argument doesn t fit it is thrown outOnly OVERWHELMING evidence to the contrary can lift a single human out of this bondage and but the great emancipation only works for this single humanThe pervasive racism persistsClassic cultural biasWe are fully immersed in it We feel the hopelessness underlying their bulwarks of rationalizations We are made small helpless even as we retain our dignity in all the tiniest of ways And ultimately we lose It takes a whole society to change a whole society French writer Pierre Boulle 1912 1994 made use of his experience as a soldier in WWII in depicting the relationship of apes and men in this 1963 book Planet of the Apes While stationed in Indochina in 1943 he was captured by Vichy France loyalists on the Mekong River and was subjected to severe hardship and forced labour The way the loyalists treated him and his fellow Gaulle and resistance supporters inspired Boulle to write this novelThis book was highly praised and was given such reviews as this example from England s Guardian newspaper Classic science fictionfull of suspense and satirical intelligence I agree to this It is a sci fi because of the idea of having apes ruling the universe as they think that men have lesser intelligence than them The Ape planet called Soror Latin for sister revolves around the red Sun called Betelguese that is real Then the ape scientists in the said planet conduct Pavlov like experiments to their captured human beings and one of the three was Ulysse the author of the ournal found floating in the space as narrated in the frame story His companion the genius scientist from Earth Professor Antell turns crazy while his fellow crew physicist Arthur Levaine is killed during the landing of their spaceship For me its main theme is an reminder of the things we take for granted or better yet the people who we take for granted Sometimes we think that they are lesser than us in stature ob title wealth skin color etc But in reality we don t realize that they can be than us It s ust that we are too focused on ourselves that we don t see what they have that we lack For example as a reader we think that we all pick and read the better books and we look down on people who read other books not realizing that those could be better than what we are readingThis book is a sci fi and I know some people look down on sci fi readers Not true figment of imagination will never happen yadda yadda But hey how about this main theme that I deduced from this book When a film becomes so immensely popular they achieve pop culture status such as The Planet of the Apes 1968 s version with Charlton Heston of course and the many different reincarnations that follow nothing can match it including ironically the book which originated all the hubbub Now a return to this novel and examine the uality of not an even contest since countless hund. Othes and men are speechless naked exhibited at fairs used for biological research On the planet of the apes man having reached to apotheosis of his genius has become inert To this planet come a Carrying the Greeks Heir journalist and a scientist The scientist is put into a zoo theournalist into a laboratory Only the ournalist retains the spiritual strength and creative intelligence to try to save himself to fight the appalling.
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