Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes

by Pierre Boulle
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Planet of the Apes 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Sabin_Knight More than 1 year ago
I found this book very interesting. I have always been a fan of the movie series, so thought I would check out the source material. It is a very quick read, but well worth it. I would love to discuss certain parts of the book on here, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is more enjoyable than sex. That is all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Three men set off for Betelgeuse, a journey that takes two years from their viewpoint. Thanks to relativity, though, centuries pass on Earth. Journalist Ulysse Merou and his two companions encounter no difficulty establishing orbit around a habitable planet and descending to its surface in their space ship's launch. Once there, they make first contact with the planet's Human inhabitants under what they don't understand to be fortuitous circumstances. They're swimming naked, on a hot day, when a beautiful and equally bare Human female notices them and approaches. She reacts violently to the presence of their pet chimpanzee, and runs away in horror when she realizes that the clothes piled nearby belong to these members of her own species. Nova, as Merou names the woman, brings others to see the newcomers. Stripped of all their technology, and even of their clothing, the three Earthmen have just started trying to understand these people when they - along with the tribe they've unwillingly joined - become targets of an organized hunt. The hunters are gorillas, assisted by chimpanzees. While most of the tribe's members are slaughtered, including one of Merou's companions, he and Professor Antelle (the Betelgeuse expedition's leader) are among the 'lucky' captured ones. Alive, but separated, with Merou winding up caged in what he soon learns is a laboratory. Author Boulle uses the role reversal he's thus established, of apes vs. Humans, to stage a chilling and succinct morality play. At first it seems that his main theme is Humankind's lack of compassion toward 'lesser' yet highly intelligent creatures (our own planet's various ape species), but as the book progresses the reader realizes he has a far more disturbing agenda. Boulle's real concern is what makes Humans - well - human. What qualities do we possess that have combined to give us dominance over all of Earth's other species? Is it possible we might sacrifice that dominance, one day, on the altar of sloth and/or other flaws indulged instead of conquered? Witty, brutally clever, and filled with material so 'hot to handle' that I'm not a bit surprised most of it never made the transition from novel to motion picture script, this venture by a mainstream writer into speculative fiction fully shares the wonderful irony of Boulle's at least equally famous (and, I suspect, far more widely read) THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI. This is satire at its finest, a book to make readers sputter with laughter and shiver with fright simultaneously.
Anonymous 8 months ago
What can I say have read this 4 times now. Always a worthy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book as teenager when it came out. I knew the movie was not true to the book but now that i read it again i appreciate the moral issues and the application of physics at the heart of the story that are completely ignored by the movie which missed all the points by embracing cold war paranoia. The story is amazingly thought provoking. I knew the movie dumbed down the story but realized how much of importance was not in the movie after reading the book a second time fifty years later.
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I grew up watching the movies and enjoy all of them. This book is simply amazing its got so much more detail and takes its time unlike the movie and im glad i have devoured every page of this book and enjoyed it. I think they should make a movie more close to the book the original movie as good as it was could of been better by staying closer to the book. I def give this book 5/5 stars absolutely amazing
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Simply amazing and brilliantly written. You're pulled through Ulysses' struggle to assert his mind and soul, and you rejoice alongside him in his triumph, only to come full circle with his bizzare and catastrophic return to Earth.
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First off let me be clear: the book and the movie (any version of the movie you care to name) have very little in common. Therefore disregard any precocieved ideas you have. The book reminds me of jules verne in its style... not really able to articulate why, but that is high praise. Its well worth reading and you really ought to do yourself the favor of reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't care for the modernized cover but what a good book. A must read.
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FONOMONAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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