Bridge over the River Kwai

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1942: Boldly advancing through Asia, the Japanese need a train route from Burma going north. In a prison camp, British POWs are forced into labor. The bridge they build will become 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 distorted sense of duty, aid his enemy. While on the outside, as the Allies race to destroy the bridge, Nicholson must decide which will be the first casualty: his ...

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1942: Boldly advancing through Asia, the Japanese need a train route from Burma going north. In a prison camp, British POWs are forced into labor. The bridge they build will become 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 distorted sense of duty, aid his enemy. While on the outside, as the Allies race to destroy the bridge, Nicholson must decide which will be the first casualty: his patriotism or his pride.

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“[A] lightning-fast adventure and suspense story.”
–San Francisco Chronicle

“An amazing story . . . jumpy with suspense.”
–The New Yorker

“A fine story of adventure in which a highly original conception makes a psychologically rich situation out of what could have easily been a simple tale of daring.”
–Chicago Tribune

“An exciting story of action.”
–The Atlantic Monthly

“Intelligent and thrilling.”
–New York Post

“A memorable novel brilliantly conceived and brilliantly written.”
–Harper’s Magazine

“Superb . . . suspenseful.”
–Time

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The Bridge over the River Kwai is a classic tale of the insanities of war. With pride, loyalty, tradition, and heroism all brought into question, this story resonates with suspense, irony, and especially unforgettable characters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780099445029
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 12/10/2002
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

PIERRE BOULLE was born in 1912 at Avignon. Boulle spent the Second World War fighting in Yunnan, Calcutta and Indo-Chine, where he was captured by the Japanese. After the war he lived in Malaya, the Cameroons and, finally, Paris, where he settled until his death in 1994.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2002

    the bridge over the river kwai

    the book was ok but i felt that boulle protrayed the characters alittle off but besides that it was a overall good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2001

    Triumphant Battle

    The Bridge Over the River Kwai is a triumphant story of survial. It is truely a milestone in history. Pierre Boulle portrayed the characters as if he actually knew them. The novel was suspensful and adventorous. I would reccomend this book to anyone who enjoys war books and has a survival story of their own!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2001

    Classic war story with a twist

    This is a book which focuses on a prison camp during WWII. The main character of the book although a prisoner of war becomes totally committed to build the best bridge for the enemy as possible. He sets his goals and convinces his men to work hard and construct a bridge which will aid the enemy. Soldiers from his country are brought in to destroy the bridge. The commanding officer tries to protect his great accomplishment by protecting the bridge from destruction. Striking story of commintment and determination mixed up with loyality to one's nation. A must read.

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