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If you've seen the progressively cheesier Planet of the Apes movies of 1968-1973, you may be shocked to learn the first movie was adapted from an intelligent, ironic, and literate novel. You'll be less surprised when you learn the original novel Planet of the Apes was written by Pierre Boulle, author of The Bridge over the River Kwai.
In the novel Planet of the Apes, the three Frenchmen making the first interstellar journey discover a remarkably Earth-like world orbiting Betelgeuse--Earth-like, with one crucial difference: The humans are dumb beasts, and the apes are intelligent. Captured during a terrifying manhunt, locked in a cage, and ignorant of the simian language, Ulysse Merou struggles to convince the apes that he possesses intelligence and reason. But if he proves he is not an animal, he may seal his own doom.
Like the first movie, the novel Planet of the Apes has a twist ending, but a twist of a different--yet equally shocking--sort. --Cynthia Ward
Boulle's classic 1963 novel differs in several ways from the 1968 movie and its various spinoffs. While the bare-bones story is familiar—astronaut travels to a planet populated by intelligent apes, is captured, fights to prove that he is a thinking creature—the novel is richer in detail and parallels to human culture. Boulle's apes live in cities, wear human-style clothing, drive automobiles. Technologically, they are in pre-spaceflight mode (although they have sent vessels into orbit, with humans as pilots—just like we did with monkeys, back in the 1950s and '60s). As in the '68 movie, Boulle's humans are essentially wild animals, unclothed and uncivilized—which is why our hero, French journalist Ulysse Mérou, poses such a problem for his captors: intelligent humans, capable of speech and advanced thought, are not supposed to exist. Many familiar ape characters are here—Zira, Cornelius, Nova, Zaius—but they are subtly different: for example Zaius, the orangutan scientist, is less buffoonish, and more menacing, than you might be expecting. The novel is paced more slowly than the movie, too: the film is a sci-fi movie with philosophical undertones, but the novel is more like a fable, an overt morality tale posing as science fiction, weighted more toward dialogue than action. It should be considered essential reading not just for fans of the movie, but for all science-fiction readers. --David PittSee all Editorial Reviews
I see why this became a film and I understand the intrigue. Worth reading for background at least in the franchises that came due to inspiration from this story.Published 1 day ago by Bart Hubbard
Wow this book is definitely a classic. As most people have probably already stated the differences between the book and the movie, I feel is still showed Boulle's imagination and... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Stone Michaels
The book is so different from the movie, but just as good. I highly recommend this book to anyone who liked the Planet of the Apes movies.Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
I loved the ending and this is how they should have made the movie.Published 27 days ago by Harvey Wren Jr.
Too familiar of a story because of the movies. Nothing too much more. If you're a purist and want to read the book that started the genre, then go ahead. Read morePublished 1 month ago by pbtexas
Fantastic! Many twists. Some predictable, but others are quite mind boggling.Published 2 months ago by Zach Bearden
I like this book a lot. I loved the movies and then I read this book. The book is a bit different from the movies, but if you are a fan of the movies then you will definitely see... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Terry