The Bridge On The River Kwai (Paperback)PIERRE BOULLE (author)
Rich in irony and suspense, The Bridge on the River Kwai examines the hubris and pragmatism of a trio of prisoners of war forced to construct a bridge for the Burma-Siam railway. Combining weighty themes of class, pride and nationalism with a compelling character-driven thriller, Boulle’s cult classic is a highly skilful work of narrative synthesis.
The Bridge on the River Kwai tells the story of three POWs who endure the hell of the Japanese camps on the Burma-Siam railway - Colonel Nicholson, a man prepared to sacrifice his life but not his dignity; Major Warden, a modest hero, saboteur and deadly killer; Commander Shears, who escaped from hell but was sent back.
Ordered by the Japanese to build a bridge, the Colonel refuses, as it is against regulations for officers to work with other ranks. The Japanese give way but, to prove a point of British superiority, construction of the bridge goes ahead - at great cost to the men under Nicholson's command.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 149 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 14 mm
'A fine ironic novel, that is yet another French tribute to British eccentricity' - The Observer
'Stirring and imaginative' - New Statesman
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