Have to process and then read it again to try to get my mind around it I spent most of the book struggling to understand what I was reading I couldn t connect with the characters specially Nicholson I spent the first part of 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 of the time which helped me out I kept going But the first duty of an officer is to La Fleur du Mal escape This is aid and comfort to thenemy How is this not treason until I manage to grasp that at the time the first duty of an officer was to secure the lives of his men I couldn t get around the Graphic Design Rules extremely paternal attitude of the officers toward thenlisted 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 of the British army of the time when the officers were still gentry and the Reckless enlisted men were still commoners by and large Eventually I was able to accept that I was reading something of a very different time and place and instead of stumbling over the racism and paternalism I had to just accept it for what it was and move on The book is as they say what it is I saw the movie first and I had no idea how much they d changed thending I was shocked at the nd although having pondered it I think that the book s nding is true to the characters than the 11th hour redemption of the movie I was surprised that for such an action and suspense heavy plot that much of the action took place in narrative form of characters telling other characters what happened instead of following it in real time so to speak That disturbed the flow of the story for me taking me out of the moment I m assuming that that was a style choice on the part of the author although I have no idea why I feel that the true application of the novel would not be in military history classes but rather in psychology and sociology classes to study the impact of stress and the mind s Killers Prey (Conard County extraordinary abilities to take care of itself and the level of cognitive dissonance we re all capable of to justify our actions with our deeply held beliefs and just keep going How knows whatvil lurks in the hearts of men The Shadow and Pierre Boulle know This was in my personal opinion a complete stinkerThis book is raved about by so many people it and the movie it inspired were the forerunners of a great deal of historical literature film and documentaries about the bridge in uestion and the Japanese WWII prison camps that worked on the Burma railway Some have called it a classic war novel but I found it appallingly badly written or possibly 375 starsI usually came across this fiction during my college years in a number of 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 Mr Big entitled The Bridge On the River Kwai 1957 but surprisingly I had never watched it until the menacingly advanced internetra 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 on YouTube In the meantime I think there is something worth reading and Flori în păr essential to our background information on the film production and understanding on this military novel in which we can read on this website However the river s name itself may pose a problem to those unfamiliar with its pronunciationspecially to foreigners or tourists who Kansas State 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 on pronouncing Kwai as you see rhyming withye 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 on the Southeast Asia Coprosperity Sphere p 21 and the Southeast Asia Sphere p 189 The author might have focused on Southeast Asia so he has rephrased it In fact the concept was Sexy Cosplay Anime Girls (Bikini, Military, Scifi Costume, Japanese Import, Asian Babe, Picture Book) (Xena Kai Book 3) entitled Greater East Asia Co Prosperity Sphere In thearly 1950 s I first came across this concept in some Thai tabloids translated into Thai as and wondered what it meantTo continue. Ted sense of duty aid his nemy While on the outside as the Allies race to destroy the bridge Nicholson must decide which will be the first casualty his patriotism or his pri.
I njoyed this WW2 story that inspired the 1957 movie The story follows two plots that come to a point in the Warehouse Management end like the movie Colonel Nicholson and the POW construction crew building the bridge The other being the demolitionssabotage team conducting a special operations warfare style mission to blow up the bridge Colonel Nicholson was prideful a hard line disciplinarian and snob of the officer 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 overlapping dynamic that made a good book in my opinion I liked this book because Pierre Boulle does a good job at telling the story The use of description in the writing added uality to the plot Iually njoyed the book and the movie Thanks 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 organized and maintained and well moving and the xtremely informative museum OK we rode The Stall (Pony In Training elephants too but that s not relevant Of course all of this merely reinforces that this popular book is a work of FICTION as was the movie One of the real highlights of the museum is the video interviews with a number of survivors both Japanese and POW s Some of the interviews highlight the inaccuracies of the movietc But again it was one of the best most THIEME Atlas of Anatomy engaging small museums I ve seen anywhere As for the book it s a great story and it s very nicely written or 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 25 Rounded upI have not seen the film that is based on the book though I can imagine that the film might bring out some of the personalities betterspecially 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 western Sanibel Virgin engineering was and how the British soldier was such a betterxample of humanity than his Japanese counterpart I could make allowances for some of this but the repetition of this theme throughout gave the book a xenophobic cast that detracted from the story No doubt Boulle s own Way of the Shaman experiences gave him a jaundiced view of the Japanese he served in a Japanese labor camp so I certainly don t begrudge him his opinions I just thought the ideas were overelaborated in the bookI mager to see the film now because I feel like there was a lot of depth to this story that the book didn t completely plumb This is a book where I will fully admit that my modern perspective is a huge part of why I couldn t stand it Studied as an historical text with Gallowglass extensive contextualization before reading it might come off different but from a 2016 perspective this is a deeply insistentlyven ardently racist book about supreme stupidity to be honest in the guise of 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 of that makes it any The Inclusion Imperative easier to ignore The Japanese people and their culture are denigrated at almostvery turn in this book by the characters but also by the narrative prose They re referred to as children savages incompetent at The Public-Private Partnership Handbook every turn incapable of accomplishing the feats of construction that the British can or of running a well organized camp the Japanese commander Saito is repeatedly said to be shamed by Colonel Nicholson s behavior and to lash out in petty vengeance for it there s no nuance to this portrayal It s cartoonish almost outlandish it reads like propaganda Not a single Japanese character is shown to be at all capable in any sphere whereas all the Brits are uniformlyxcellent In the background you can hear me making xtravagant gagging noisesAnd Nicholson I have this pet peeve developed after reading a lot of substandard fantasy about characters who cling to the idea of honorable comportment to the 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.
Oint of 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 nd Nicholson s pride is treated as the failing it is but that s after over a hundred pages Emerging Markets extolling how virtuous and worthy a leader he isven as he drives his men to not only complete but improve upon a construction which will aid A Home of Another Kind enemy forces in attacking British soldiers All of the fawning prose doesn t just getrased because in the last chapter his foolishness is called by nameAt least if I put myself through reading such thinly disguised propaganda it was only 150 pages of it 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 The Voyage of the Norman D., As Told by the Cabin Boy excellent and the best thing here is the great character study of these men Since the book is based on his ownxperiences 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 glasses on You definitely have to remember this is a picture of what life was like during and after World War II when these feelings were still raw For the love of history inside of me I will always love this book I African Successes, Volume I enjoyed this tale of obsession within a parable on the futility and absurdity of war loosely based on Japanese use of British prisoners of war to build a railroad bridge in the jungles of Siam during World War IIBoulle as narrator opens the noveluating the values and behavior of the West specifically the British and specifically its symbol Col Nicholson with those of 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 of the former without their being aware of it as forcibly and fatally as it did that of the latter and no doubt that of Trigger Samaniego 1 (Stallion, every race in the world Perhaps the conduct ofach of the two Lehrbuch Der Physiologie enemies superficially so dissimilar was in fact simply a different thoughually meaningless manifestation of the same spiritual reality Perhaps the mentality of the Japanese colonel Saito was Plastic Techniques in Neurosurgery (English Edition) eBook: James Tait Goodrich, David A. Staffenberg: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. essentially the same as that of his prisoner Colonel Nicholson Published in 1952 and written as Allied war crimes trials of Japanese soldiers were just winding down Boulle s suggestion that both sides were driven by the same beliefs of cultural superiority would have been unusually broad minded for a former Free French agent and prisoner of warMorexpected is the racism that both the characters and the narrator Sexy, Healthy, Food - 25 Clean-eats, Gluten-free Recipes exhibit in describing the Japanese Grating on thear 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 force of the book is Col Nicholson s obsession with proving the superiority of the West and its technology and of the British soldier s character by building a railroad bridge that will be used to help defeat the Allies He reminded me of Dean Jocelin the protagonist of William Golding s The Spire whose vision of building a spire above his cathedral takes on a tragic life of its ownJust as Boulle often departed from history in writing his novel director David Lean often departed from the novel in making his 1957 Oscar winning film of the same name It s a tense action classic considered one of the best World War II movies Marketing Excellence 3 ever made Three stars for The Bridge Over the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle I liked it but man o man it annoyed me A product of it s times written in 1954 Kwai is both stereotypical and stiff in the telling of a 1942 WWII Pacific Theatrevent I suppose most have at least seen or heard of 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 of that particular POW camp and the bridge that must be built for the Japanese invasion to go as planned I d seen most of the film many years ago and really Guinness is perfect for the part of Nicholson breathing a life into I always feel odd rating a classic as it is so far beyond my power to comment on whether for good or for vil I both loved the book and hated it and now that I ve gotten all the way through it I will. 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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