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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Becker, Lucille Frackman.
New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1996
|Named Person:||Pierre Boulle; Pierre Boulle|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Lucille Frackman Becker
|Description:||xiii, 145 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm.|
|Series Title:||Twayne's world author series, TWAS 859.; Twayne's world author series., French literature.|
|Responsibility:||Lucille Frackman Becker.|
The best known of his works, and the most outstanding, is The Bridge over the River Kwai, which was awarded the Prix Sainte-Beuve in 1952. In this novel all of the elements of the writer's literary art converge against the background of Southeast Asia. Boulle's skill as a storyteller is nowhere more apparent than in this remarkable novel, where we find, together with certain autobiographical elements, variations on several of his most important themes, among them the transformation of a man under the pressure of circumstances, the inevitable corruption of all human enterprise, and the relativity of good and evil. Boulle's scientific education inspired a series of science fiction novels and short stories - which Becker places within the context of the genre - the most acclaimed being Planet of the Apes. Here, as in her discussion of The Bridge over the River Kwai, she provides in-depth analysis of the relationship between the novel and the film adaptation.