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Planet of the Apes Mass Market Paperback – May 29, 2001
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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
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I was greatly and pleasantly surprised, quite honestly, about the quality of the book. It was originally written in French trnaslated by Xan Fielding. The prose read extremely well for a translation and the acerbic wit, humor and biting satire comes through loud and clear in the book.
The novel is absolutely wonderful satire. Especially poignant were the scenes where the intelligent human has to witness his fellow human beings subjected to sometimes deadly but always degrading biological and mental experiments. Here, MAN is the object of big game hunts where apes go out and shoot down their human prey for sport. The novel also takes shots at academia and the scientific "establishment", the stock market, and most clearly of all "species-centrism" (or ethnocentrism if you will).
There are a few differences between the book and the original movie. Here, the "Planet of the Apes" is on the other side of the galaxy and is reached through intergalactic flight. Apes are much more technologically advanced than they are in the movie and even have space flight (even if it is described in a somewhat cheesy manner). The apes take over more through the technologcial (and read between the lines, moral) stagnation of mankind than a nuclear holocaust (as in the movie). But for the most part, the movie did an excellent job of telling a similar, yet different story, using the book as it's basis.
In short, I highly recommend the book and the /original/ movie if you haven't seen it. The novel is rewarding in its own right. Hopefully the new movie will be too.
Despite the fact that I really liked the film, I enjoyed the book even more. You can tell where a lot of the ideas for the follow-up films came from and that alone says how much story is really in this short piece. Which, by the way, has been seriously lacking in today's SF.
Too many books are written with the intent of selling them as movies, long trivial side stories and multiple characters used just to fill in pages.
And to all of those who miss the surprise ending (in the movie)...did you read the same book...
Read It! (Slow). Nuff Said!! :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not the movie (quite good in its own right) but a wild ride through the cosmos of the extremes of our perception of ourselves as being the only game in town - think again....Published 13 days ago by J M Singapore
The Pierre Boulle book from 1963, Planet of the Apes, greatly exceeded my expectations. It was received in very good condition, and is thus far it is extremely interesting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by philip d henderson
The beginning is slow (like a lot), but, if you stick it out, it's speeds up and it well worth the wait. I got so drawn in by what was happening. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathleen D.
This is an excellent tale about those human traits of intelligence, fear, sarcasm, and the need to prove the importance of our existence. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Reading Is Fundamental
This was elegantly written, finger nail suspenseful, and left me quite shocked at the end! I can usually predict endings and this ending I did not. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Darkly...Dreaming...Sci-Fi
I like this book. I actually wish I could read French so I could read the original edition. The movie is only loosely based on the book, but I still really like them both and I... Read morePublished 3 months ago by John McDaniel
I am a fan of the planet of the apes films which drew me to reading this book. Very interesting book that had slightly different themes and morals than the classic film. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jacob Thomas Ashcraft