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Synopsis: Pierre Boulle's oeuvre is unique in French literature. There are few contemporary writers whose novels reflect in such faithful detail the spirit and structure of our time. But his work is much more than a reflection on the fate of the individual in the great political, social, and intellectual upheavals of the modern world; it is also a philosophical inquiry into the mystery of human existence.
In Pierre Boulle, Lucille Becker analyzes this diverse body of work. She traces in the author's three autobiographical works the background of his fiction as well as the source of his major themes. Becker shows how Boulle's early adventures as a rubber planter in Malaya in the 1930s and then as a member of the French Resistance, a secret agent, and a prisoner of war in Indochina during World War II supplied the background and atmosphere for the novels that he sets in Southeast Asia.
The best known of his works, and the most outstanding, is The Bridge over the River Kwai, which was awarded the Prix Sainte-Beuve in 1952. In this novel all of the elements of the writer's literary art converge against the background of Southeast Asia. Boulle's skill as a storyteller is nowhere more apparent than in this remarkable novel, where we find, together with certain autobiographical elements, variations on several of his most important themes, among them the transformation of a man under the pressure of circumstances, the inevitable corruption of all human enterprise, and the relativity of good and evil.
Boulle's scientific education inspired a series of science fiction novels and short stories - which Becker places within the context of the genre - the most acclaimed being Planet of the Apes. Here, as in her discussion of The Bridge over the River Kwai, she provides in-depth analysis of the relationship between the novel and the film adaptation.
About the Author: Lucille Frackman Becker is a Drew University Professor Emerita of French.
Title: World Authors Series: Pierre Boulle
Publication Date: 1996
Book Condition: New
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Book Description Cengage Gale, United States, 1996. Paperback. Condition: New. Annotated edition. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. This is a critical analysis of Pierre Boulle, author of Planet of the Apes (1963) and Bridge over the River Kwai (1952). Boulle is regarded by the author of this text as a modern-day disciple of the French moralists of the 17th and 18th centuries. She sees his novels as philosophical treatises, not as film scripts, although she notes that each Hollywoodization of a Boulle novel has effectively removed the philosophical matter. Seller Inventory # BTE9780805782721
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Book Description Twayne Pub, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 145 pages. 9.25x5.75x1.00 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # 0805782729