The Bridge over the River Kwai

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One of the finest war novels ever written, it tells the story of three POWs who endure the hell of the Japanese camps on the Burma-Siam railway.

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One of the finest war novels ever written, it tells the story of three POWs who endure the hell of the Japanese camps on the Burma-Siam railway.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A fine ironic novel, that is yet another French tribute to British eccentricity.”
— Observer

"M. Boulle has construced his book most skilfully — like a first-rate film director."
— Daily Telegraph

"Stirring and imaginative."
— New Statesman

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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: 9780891419136
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 247,772
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.19 (h) x 0.51 (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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Customer Reviews

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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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