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U-Boats Passing: A Saga of War at Sea (Vol. 2) of this but the repetitionf this theme throughout gave the book a xenophobic cast that detracted from the story No doubt Boulle s Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat own experiences gave him a jaundiced viewf the Japanese he served in a Japanese labor camp so I certainly don t begrudge him his Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home opinions I just thought the ideas wereverelaborated in the bookI m eager to see the film now because I feel like there was a lot f depth to this story that the book didn t completely plumb This was in my personal pinion a complete stinkerThis book is raved about by so many people it and the movie it inspired were the forerunners f a great deal f historical literature film and documentaries about the bridge in uestion and the Japanese WWII prison camps that worked n the Burma railway Some have called it a classic war novel but I found it appallingly badly written r possibly translated I would not know stereotyped way past the point Screwball Television: Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls of caricature incredibility verbose and insultingly incorrectn historical detailsPerhaps if this was the first story Ya Gotta Believe!: My Roller-Coaster Life as a Screwball Pitcher and Part-Time father, and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer of it s kind I had readr if I knew nothing about the actual history I might have tolerated it better but no matter what it would NEVER have been a good bookFirst The writing It was very verbose florid and clumsy You have to give it some leeway for being a translation sure The romance languages do not always translate easily to English But the descriptions Night's Pawn of the camps and the conditions were vague and unconvincing while the descriptionsf the jungles and climate were pretty lame considering the author was meant to have been in a few On the Firing the First Elder (Pioneers in the Pulpit Book 2) other hand I had to endure pagesf a young soldiers inner agonising ver the fact that he may have to kill a man with a knife which was unlikely and honestly got boring In terms f story structure it was all ver the place We start with the POW s in the camp led by a batshite crazy Colonel as described by a medic who was the nly even slightly likely character in the whole book But after having set up the POW camp and the bridge as the main portion The Secret Child of the story but about halfway through the author seems to get bored with them which I understand as I too was bored with them and then the story driftsff to the separate team that have been sent to blow up the bridge and which have no link at all to the POWs Three men almost no action pages and pages Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook of florid waffle Did anyone REALLY enjoy this novel Or did they watch the movie and pretend to have read itSecond the characterisation Yes it is as racist as you could possibly imagine Actually it is worse Many historical novels are racist sexistr imperialist in any ne f many ways and I read a lot f historical stuff so I can usually read past that accepting it as the perspective f the time in which it was written Post WWII there was a lot f racism against the Japanese which is the sort f response that can be understood if not enjoyed and during the war as with any war it is an effective techniue to demonise and deminish the enemy This book was by far Death by Inferior Design onef the worst f this kind I have ever read though the author could not mention a single Japanese character without abusing their physical appearance he could not mention the Japanese as a nation without sneering at how they are primitives and just generally subpar to Europeans Leaving aside the fact that Japan is a ld rich far from primitive culture the racism was still excessive Worse He did the same thing to the Siamese and that infuriated me completely Thailand is an incredibly Hitler's Northern War: The Luftwaffe's Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945 old immensely civilized culture which I both adore and respect and THEY WERE ALLIES in this scenario There is no excuse at all for diminishing and abusing them for calling them savages when they are your guides and allies Next was a really reallydd and even icky element We all know that the French and the English have issues Pierre Boulle chose to write this novel using English characters rather than French and as far as I can see he did that purely for the purpose f creating nasty childish and stupid caricatures as a sly way to mock the English The Colonel was idiotic the behaviour f the English POW s was so very far from reality I can nly assume Pierre never met ne A Philosophy of Cinematic Art or maybe he did and still chose character assassinationn these men that had suffered so much While for a while I tried to believe that it was the translation that made the characters so immensely unbelievable by page 50 I could no longer believe that So racist against the Japanese the Siamese AND the English This author is a piece The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified of workThird the history Herene might have expected the author to shine since the fictional story claims to have used Pierre Boulle s White House Years (Henry Kissingers Memoirs own life experience working in Malaysia plantations and for allied forces in Singapore and Indochina during World War II Well wherever Pierre hungut I am dead certain that it was nowhere near the actual Burma Railway r with anyone who was really there The things that the workers n that railway suffered were horrendous but Pierre barely mentions them a casual wave Scab of his hand about not having enough clothes A glancing mention that the medic in the team was not happy about the conditions There wasne pretty moderate beating Knowing what actually In a World Created by a Drunken God occurredn the Hellfire pass and Indo No Kao on the death railway reading this actually made me sick with furyn behalf f the veterans I don t mind that the actual bridge and the mission to sabotage are fictional that is fine for a novel But the description f the British Colonel virtually subjugating the Japanese commandant Giant Peach Yodel of the work camp that was so idiotically ludicrous that I could barely read it The complete lackf understanding Sinai and Zion on the partf the author f ANY f the actual events r conditionsughI will leave you with a couple f excerpts that annoyed me The fficers sir the British fficers They are not being made to work they are all in full uniform badges Iniquity of rank and all pg 92 The Siamese were not ualified to appreciate the technical geniusf Captain Reeves but they were fully aware this was no shapeless scaffolding in the usual Japanese style Primitive people have an instinctive appreciation f applied art and design Primitive Thai architecture PRIMITIVE This dreck won awardsPretty horrid book really if you are considering it maybe instead check ut any f 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H: Year Ending January 31, 1937 (Classic Reprint) only 157 pages I can do that easily I warn you that mostf those pages are as painful as having fingernails pulled I enjoyed this WW2 story that inspired the 1957 movie The story follows two plots that come to a point in the end like the movie Colonel Nicholson and the POW construction crew building the brid. E a symbol Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook of service and survival tone prisoner Colonel Nicholson a proud perfectionist Pitted against the warden Colonel Saito Nicholson will nevertheless ut f a distor.

Ge The Livin' de Life other being the demolitionssabotage team conducting a specialperations warfare style mission to blow up the bridge Colonel Nicholson was prideful a hard line disciplinarian and snob The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter of thefficer corps Colonel Saito was the strict Japanese camp commandant under pressure from the Japanese High Command to build the bridge at any cost Major Shears was the commando leading a small team into the jungle to demolition the bridge These three characters created tension and Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki overlapping dynamic that made a good book in mypinion I liked this book because Pierre Boulle does a good job at telling the story The use Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind of description in the writing added uality to the plot I eually enjoyed the book and the movie Thanks Three stars for The Bridge Over the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle I liked it but man man it annoyed me A product The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta of it s times written in 1954 Kwai is both stereotypical and stiff in the tellingf a 1942 WWII Pacific Theatre event I suppose most have at least seen r heard f the film starring Alec Guinness and William Holden The stiff necked Brit Colonel Nicholson whose pride blinds his patriotism somehow and the attending figures that surround him Colonol Saito his Japanese counterpart that is head f that particular POW camp and the bridge that must be built for the Japanese invasion to go as planned I d seen most f the film many years ago and really Guinness is perfect for the part f Nicholson breathing a life into the character that is somehow flatter in the book But I must get back to the book Sorry Blind pride Men following rders Oppressive jungle temperatures Partially unprepared insurgents Boulle really brings ut the similarities f nationalities probably a bit ahead Dicmatized 2: Bitter Sweet Revenge of his time I think A uotef the first page Martian Science Fiction: Scifi Novellas Set on Mars of the book kindf sums it up The insuperable gap between East and West that exists in some eyes is perhaps nothing than an The Witches Ball optical illusion Perhaps it isnly the conventional way Saving Charmaine: A Heaton Family Friends Series Book of expressing a popularpinion based n insufficient evidence and masuerading as a universally recognized statement f fact for which there is no justification at all not even the plea that it contains an element f truth During the last war saving face was perhaps as vitally important to the British as it was to the Japanese Perhaps it dictated the behavior f the former without their being aware The Deadline of it as forcibly and as fatally as it didf the latter and no doubt that f every ther race in the worldI like that in Ready to Restore: The Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling other words we are all the same underneath the skin as it were Nationalism racism and whateverther isms Ready to Restore one can thinkf are essentially superfluous It is true and I wish would realize it We are creeping up n that thought but faster please This is a book where I will fully admit that my modern perspective is a huge part f why I couldn t stand it Studied as an historical text with extensive contextualization before reading it might come Shieldmaiden Book 1: Quest for the Jewel off different but from a 2016 perspective this is a deeply insistently even ardently racist book about supreme stupidity to be honest in the guisef honorIt s the racism that bugs me the most honestly I know when this book was written and I know that the Japanese Army was responsible for truly heinous war crimes during World War Two and I know that people in this time very likely would have been this racist and yet none Traficada: Diário de uma Escrava Sexual (Portuguese Edition) of that makes it any easier to ignore The Japanese people and their culture are denigrated at almost every turn in this book by the characters but also by the narrative prose They re referred to as children savages incompetent at every turn incapablef accomplishing the feats Encounter at Buff Ledge: A UFO Case History of construction that the British canr Carte touristique : Corse Sud : Ajaccio - Bonifacio of running a wellrganized camp the Japanese commander Saito is repeatedly said to be shamed by Colonel Nicholson s behavior and to lash Regarde, c'est maman ! out in petty vengeance for it there s no nuance to this portrayal It s cartoonish almostutlandish it reads like propaganda Not a single Japanese character is shown to be at all capable in any sphere whereas all the Brits are uniformly excellent In the background you can hear me making extravagant gagging noisesAnd Nicholson I have this pet peeve developed after reading a lot The Bricklayer of substandard fantasy about characters who cling to the ideaf honorable comportment to the point f idiocy They re always written as if it s supposed to be admirable and it never is because pragmatic action would do significantly good Write this as a heroic fault absolutely but not a heroic strength And it s true in the end Nicholson s pride is treated as the failing it is but that s after ver a hundred pages extolling how virtuous and worthy a leader he is even as he drives his men to not Vinny: Victory Over Drugs, Death, and Degradation only complete but improve upon a construction which will aid enemy forces in attacking British soldiers Allf the fawning prose doesn t just get erased because in the last chapter his foolishness is called by nameAt least if I put myself through reading such thinly disguised propaganda it was The Occult Detector (The Semi Dual Stories Book 1) only 150 pagesf it 375 starsI usually came across this fiction during my college years in a number f good bookshops in Bangkok but I thought it was beyond my reading capability so I never picked it up to read I vaguely knew from my reading that there was an acclaimed film entitled The Bridge On the River Kwai 1957 but surprisingly I had never watched it until the menacingly advanced internet era allows us to watch any film at will provided that we are lucky that film in uestion is copyright free by simply typing its title n YouTube In the meantime I think there is something worth reading and essential to Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West our background informationn the film production and understanding Eating Thin for Life: Food Secrets Recipes from People Who Have Lost Weight Kept It Off on this military novel in which we can readn this website However the river s name itself may pose a problem to those unfamiliar with its pronunciation especially to foreigners r tourists who encounter it for the first time Kwai is transliterated from a Thai word so it is right to pronounce the word Kwai as if there is a letter r following just imagine it with an r like this Kwair Please note there is a pitfall n pronouncing Kwai as you see rhyming with eye because that is another Thai word meaning buffalo I agreed with some readers verdict stating that the film was worth watching and interesting than reading this 4 part 25 chapter military fiction For some reason I found reading its Parts 1 3 tedious while Part 4 war like with intense climax and action Moreover there is an inconstancy regarding the promulgated concept We, the People on the Southeast Asia Coprosperity Sphere p 21 and the Southeast Asia Sphere p 189 The author might have focusedn Southeast Asia so he has rephrased it In fact the concept was entitled Greater East Asia Co Prosperity Sphere In the early 1950 s I first came across this concept in some Thai tabloids translated into Thai as and wondered what it meantTo continue. 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I decided to finally read this classic after a trip to Bangkok late last year My colleague and I took a day trip to and indeed walked across the Bridge Over the River Kwai and visited the nearby military cemetery which is attractive well rganized and maintained and well moving and the extremely informative museum OK we rode elephants too but that s not relevant Of course all f this merely reinforces that this popular book is a work f FICTION as was the movie One f the real highlights f the museum is the video interviews with a number f survivors both Japanese and POW s Some Showa, 1939-1944: A History of Japan of the interviews highlight the inaccuraciesf the movie etc But again it was The Book Of The Superiority Of Dogs Over Many Of Those Who Wear Clothes onef the best most engaging small museums I ve seen anywhere As for the book it s a great story and it s very nicely written r accurately in my case translated The descriptions and the vocabulary are vivid the story proceeds at a nice pace and the characters merit your interest Topical supplement If this topic interests you I strongly recommend Richard Flanagan s Booker Prize winning Narrow Road to the True North I always feel dd rating a classic as it is so far beyond my power to comment Rescuing a Werewolf on whether for goodr for evil I both loved the book and hated it and now that I ve gotten all the way through it I will have to process and then read it again to try to get my mind around it I spent most Making Women Pay of the book struggling to understand what I was reading I couldn t connect with the characters especially Nicholson I spent the first partf the book beating my head against the wall trying to understand what he was doing and why Finally I did some research into British army customs and regulations GloomCookie of the time which helped meut I kept going But the first duty f an fficer is to escape This is aid and comfort to the enemy How is this not treason until I manage to grasp that at the time the first duty The Jesuit of anfficer was to secure the lives With Bound Hands of his men I couldn t get around the extremely paternal attitudef the fficers toward the enlisted men until I realized that I was approaching the situation as a modern American and wasn t taking into account the still class based structure f the British army You Can Beat the Odds of the time when thefficers were still gentry and the enlisted men were still commoners by and large Eventually I was able to accept that I was reading something f a very different time and place and instead f stumbling Stripes of All Types over the racism and paternalism I had to just accept it for what it was and moven The book is as they say what it is I saw the movie first and I had no idea how much they d changed the ending I was shocked at the end although having pondered it I think that the book s ending is true to the characters than the 11th hour redemption f the movie I was surprised that for such an action and suspense heavy plot that much f the action took place in narrative form f characters telling ther characters what happened instead Baltimore Catechism No. 2 of following it in real time so to speak That disturbed the flowf the story for me taking me ut f the moment I m assuming that that was a style choice The Big Book of Maker Skills: Tools Techniques for Building Great Tech Projects on the partf the author although I have no idea why I feel that the true application f the novel would not be in military history classes but rather in psychology and sociology classes to study the impact f stress and the mind s extraordinary abilities to take care One Life, One Incarnation: Beautiful Bones of itself and the levelf cognitive dissonance we re all capable Just Joking of to justifyur actions with ur deeply held beliefs and just keep going How knows what evil lurks in the hearts f men The Shadow and Pierre Boulle know I read this book the first time as an assignment for World History class in high school I read the book and then later saw the movie To me the book was a thousand times better than the movie Pierre Boulle s writing was excellent and the best thing here is the great character study Times of Trouble (A Time Travel Anthology) of these men Since the book is basedn his BENAAMI own experiences during World War II it is a great look into what life was like for these soldiersIt is a book that you can t read with 21st Century glassesn You definitely have to remember this is a picture f what life was like during and after World War II when these feelings were still raw For the love f history inside f me I will always love this book I enjoyed this tale f The Real Bluebeard: The Life of Gilles de Rais obsession within a parablen the futility and absurdity Stay on Your Toes, Maggie Adams! of war loosely basedn Japanese use f British prisoners f war to build a railroad bridge in the jungles Night Train To Cherbourg: A Joszef Kiraly: Gentleman, Vampire Mystery of Siam during World War IIBoulle as narratorpens the novel euating the values and behavior Disowned of the West specifically the British and specifically its symbol Col Nicholson with thosef the East ie the Japanese ie and its symbol Col Saito During the last war saving face was perhaps as vitally important to the British as it was to the Japanese Perhaps it dictated the behavior Comptia Security+ Sy0-301 Exam Cram of the former without their being awaref it as forcibly and fatally as it did that Marco Polo: A Photographer's Journey of the latter and no doubt thatf every race in the world Perhaps the conduct The Cosmic Internet: Explanations from the Other Side of eachf the two enemies superficially so dissimilar was in fact simply a different though eually meaningless manifestation Marketing Aesthetics of the same spiritual reality Perhaps the mentalityf the Japanese colonel Saito was essentially the same as that f his prisoner Colonel Nicholson Published in 1952 and written as Allied war crimes trials f Japanese soldiers were just winding down Boulle s suggestion that both sides were driven by the same beliefs f cultural superiority would have been unusually broad minded for a former Free French agent and prisoner f warMore expected is the racism that both the characters and the narrator exhibit in describing the Japanese Grating Oddly Normal on the ear today as it might be that was the language virtually all Allied troops and citizens used during the war and at the time the book was writtenBut the driving forcef the book is Col Nicholson s American Studio Ceramics: Innovation and Identity, 1940 to 1979 obsession with proving the superiorityf the West and its technology and McNally's Risk of the British soldier s character by building a railroad bridge that will be used to help defeat the Allies He reminded mef Dean Jocelin the protagonist Slaves of New York of William Golding s The Spire whose visionf building a spire above his cathedral takes Gou: Himetachi No Sengoku Vol. 1 on a tragic lifef its Johannes Itten: Das Frühwerk 1907-1919 ownJust as Boulleften departed from history in writing his novel director David Lean From Rodin to Plensa: Modern Sculpture at the Meadows Museum often departed from the novel in making his 1957 Oscar winning filmf the same name It s a tense action classic considered Goin' the Extra Mile (a Mary Jo Melendez mystery Book 3) onef the best World War II movies ever made 25 Rounded upI have not seen the film that is based Dangerous Beauty on the book though I can imagine that the film might bringut some f the personalities better especially given the cast Boulle s idea for the book is certainly intriguing but until the last few pages it lacks drama For such a short book really almost a novella I thought Boulle repeated himself particularly about how great. 1942 Boldly advancing through Asia the Japanese need a train route from Burma going north In a prison camp British POWs are forced into labor The bridge they build will becom.

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Librarian Note There is than one author in the Goodreads database with this namePierre Boulle 20 February 1912 – 30 January 1994 was a French novelist best known for two works The Bridge over the River Kwai 1952 and Planet of the Apes 1963 that were both made into award winning filmsBoulle was an engineer serving as a secret agent with the Free French in Singapore when he was captu