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Planet of the Apes

9 Ratings: 3.8
A book by Pierre Boulle

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 … see full wiki

Author: Pierre Boulle
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Del Rey
5 reviews about Planet of the Apes
review by . July 05, 2010
   Being a fan of the original The Planet of the Apes movie I decided I had to read the book too. I was not quite sure what to expect.      I was greatly and pleasantly surprised, quite honestly, about the quality of the book. It was originally written in French translated 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 …
review by . February 06, 2004
As a young teenager, I saw the original Planet of the Apes movie featuring Charlton Heston one night on television. The final scene, with Heston screaming on the sea shore at the Statue of Liberty made a tremendous impression on me then and now, ranking right at the top in all time incredible scenes. But, I had never read the book, thinking that it was just a novelization of the movie. Thanks to the release of the new movie, which was okay at best in my opinion, the original book was also released …
review by . November 04, 2003
This book was so good, I had to finish it once I started. It is very different than the first movie but a little bit like the remake. The book certainly has a better story than either of those two films.In this one, the space travelers clearly go to a different planet in another part of the galaxy. They find a race of humans that have become dumb through laziness. The apes had evolved from pets to far more intelligent. However, Boulle makes them literally "apes" in that they can only mimic other …
review by . June 18, 2001
Given the impending release of the movie "THE PLANET OF THE APES" I rented the original movie, which I thought was great. But I just had to read the original book too. (I'm a reader, what can I say?)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 …
review by . May 18, 2001
To be completely honest, I didn't even know there was an original PLANET OF THE APES book until I bought this book. Everyone knows about the famous movie with Charlton Heston and there is a lot of buzz surrounding the upcoming film by Tim Burton. It was this latest film that caused me to discover the book; I've heard the new movie is supposed to be closer to the book than the original film. When I first heard that I thought to myself, "There's a book? How come I've never heard about a book before?" …
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