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Pierre Boulle (20 February 191230 January 1994) was a French novelist largely known for two famous works, The Bridge over the River Kwai (1952) and Planet of the Apes (1963). is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... The Bridge over the River Kwai (French: Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai) is a novel by Pierre Boulle, published in 1952. ... This article is about the book. ...

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Biography

Born Pierre-François-Marie-Louis Boulle in Avignon, France. He was baptised and raised Roman Catholic, although later in life he would become an agnostic. He studied and later became an engineer. From 1936 to 1939, he worked as a technician on British rubber plantations in Malaya. While there he fell in love with a French woman who was separated from her husband. She became the love of his life. She later chose to return to her husband, who was a French official. During World War II she and her husband escaped into Malaysia and one of her children died in the process. Boulle would later meet her after the war on a platonic basis. At the outbreak of World War II, Boulle enlisted with the French army in French Indochina. After German troops occupied France, he joined the Free French Mission in Singapore. Pierre Boulle was a supporter of Charles de Gaulle during the Second World War. City flag City coat of arms Location Coordinates Time Zone CET (GMT +1) Administration Country France Région Provence-Alpes-Côte dAzur Département Vaucluse (préfecture) Arrondissement Avignon Canton Chief town of 4 cantons Intercommunality Communauté dagglomération du Grand Avignon Mayor Marie-Josée Roig... The term agnosticism and the related agnostic were coined by Thomas Henry Huxley in 1869. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Map of Peninsular Malaysia Peninsular Malaysia (Malay: Semenanjung Malaysia) is the part of Malaysia which lies on the Malay Peninsula, and shares a land border with Thailand in the north. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Flag Capital Hanoi Language(s) French Political structure Federation Historical era New Imperialism  - Established 1887  - Addition of Laos 1893  - Vietnam Declaration of Independence September 2, 1945  - Independence of Laos July 19, 1949  - Independence of Cambodia November 9, 1953  - Disestablished 1954 Area  - 1945 750,000 km2 289,577 sq mi Currency... Free French Forces under review during the Battle of Normandy. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Boulle served as a secret agent under the name Peter John Rule and helped the resistance movement in China, Burma, and French Indochina. In 1943, he was captured by the Vichy France loyalists on the Mekong River. While a prisoner, he was subjected to severe hardship and forced labour. He was made a chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur and decorated with the Croix de Guerre and the Médaille de la Résistance. He described his experiences in the war in the non-fiction My Own River Kwai (1967). Flag Capital Hanoi Language(s) French Political structure Federation Historical era New Imperialism  - Established 1887  - Addition of Laos 1893  - Vietnam Declaration of Independence September 2, 1945  - Independence of Laos July 19, 1949  - Independence of Cambodia November 9, 1953  - Disestablished 1954 Area  - 1945 750,000 km2 289,577 sq mi Currency... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto Travail, famille, patrie French: Unoccupied zone of Vichy France (until November 1942) Capital Vichy Capital-in-exile Sigmaringen (1944-1945) Language(s) French Religion Roman Catholic Government Dictatorship Chief of state  - 1940 — 1944 Philippe Pétain President of the Council  - 1940 — 1942 Philippe Pétain  - 1942 — 1944 Pierre Laval... View of the Mekong before the sunset The Mekong is one of the worlds major rivers. ... Chiang Kai-sheks Légion dhonneur. ... The Croix de guerre is a military decoration of both Belgium and France which was first created in 1915. ... The french Médaille de la Résistance (Resistance Medal) was awarded by General Charles de Gaulle to recognise the remarkable acts of faith and of courage that, in France, in the empire and abroad, have contributed to the resistance of the French people against the enemy and against its...


For a while after the war, Boulle returned to work in the rubber industry, but he later moved back to Paris and began to write. While in Paris he lived in a hotel due to a lack of funds in obtaining his own flat. He was quite poor at this point in his life. His recently widowed sister offered him the opportunity to live in her large apartment and he moved there. She had a daughter whom Pierre helped raise. There were plans for him to officially adopt her but they never materialized. He could never set himself to leave this family and form another one. While there he used his experiences in the war in writing Le Pont de la rivière Kwaï (1952; The Bridge over the River Kwai), which became a multi-million worldwide bestseller, winning the French "Prix Sainte-Beuve". The book was a semi-fictional story based on the real plight of Allied POWs forced to build a 415-km (258-mile) railway which passed over the bridge, and which became known as the "Death Railway". 16,000 prisoners and 100,000 Asian conscripts died during construction of the line. His character of Lt-Col. Nicholson was not based on the real Allied senior officer at the Kwai bridges, Philip Toosey, but was reportedly an amalgam of his memories of collaborating French officers. This article is about the capital of France. ... The Bridge over the River Kwai (French: Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai) is a novel by Pierre Boulle, published in 1952. ... Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve (December 23, 1804 - October 13, 1869) was a literary critic and one of the major figures of French literary history. ... A representation of the changes in territory controlled by Allies and Axis powers over the course of the war. ... Geneva Convention definition A prisoner of war (POW) is a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who is imprisoned by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict. ... The Bridge over the river Kwai Map of the Death Railway The Death Railway (known also as Thai-Burma Railway or Burma Railway) was a railway built from Thailand to Burma (now Myanmar) by the Japanese during World War II to complete the route from Bangkok to Rangoon and support... Brigadier Sir Philip John Denton Toosey (12 August 1904 - 22 December 1975) was (as a Lieutenant-Colonel) the senior Allied officer in the Japanese prisoner-of-war camp at Tamarkan in Thailand during World War II. The men under his command built the Bridge on the River Kwai which was...


Pierre Boulle was a quiet, decent and tolerant man. He spent his whole life living with his sister, his niece and her husband. He continued to maintain close ties with his former friends who served with him during World War II.


Films

David Lean made Boulle's story into a motion picture that won several 1957 Oscars, including the Best Picture, and Best Actor for Alec Guinness. Boulle himself won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay despite not having written the screenplay and not even speaking English. Boulle had been credited with the screenplay because the film's actual writers, Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson, had been blacklisted. The Motion Picture Academy added their names to the award in 1984. Sir David Lean, KBE (March 25, 1908 – April 16, 1991) was an English film director and producer, best remembered for big-screen epics such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, and Doctor Zhivago . ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... // The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ... The Academy Award for Best Actor is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Sir Alec Guinness CH, CBE, KBE (April 2, 1914 – August 5, 2000) was an Academy Award and Tony Award-winning British actor who became one of the most versatile and best-loved performers of his generation. ... The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay is one of the Academy Awards, the most prominent film awards in the United States. ... Carl Foreman Carl Foreman (July 23, 1914 – June 26, 1984) was an American screenwriter and film producer who was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses in the 1950s. ... For other persons named Michael Wilson, see Michael Wilson (disambiguation). ... Protestors opposing the jailing of the Hollywood Ten in 1950 (from the 1987 documentary Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist). ... Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Hollywood, California Founded on May 11, 1927 in California, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is a professional honorary organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of motion pictures. ...


In 1963, following several other reasonably successful novels, Pierre Boulle published his other famous novel, Planet of the Apes, a classic science fiction piece in which Earth astronauts travel to a distant planet where apes rule and humans are mere animals. In 1968 this story was made into an Oscar-winning film, starring Charlton Heston, which inspired four sequels, one television series and an animated series. The film series have become cult classics with movie goers throughout the world. A remake of the original film was released and directed by Tim Burton in 2001. Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the book. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Planet of the Apes is a 1968 science fiction film about an astronaut (Charlton Heston) who finds himself stranded on an Earth-like planet two thousand years in the future. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer. ...


Death

A few months prior to his death a woman who was a former editor visited Boulle and his family in the hospital. She revealed to Boulle's family that she was in love with Pierre Boulle and had been his lover before. Years before there were rumours that Pierre Boulle was seeing a French actress. He had never married due in large part to the fact that he had decided to take care of his sister and raise his niece as his own daughter. Pierre Boulle died in Paris, France on 30 January 1994. The Eiffel Tower has become the symbol of Paris throughout the world. ... is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ...


Novels

  • Le sacrilège malais (1951)
  • Le Pont de la rivière Kwaï (1952; The Bridge over the River Kwai)
  • Le Bourreau (1954; US title The Executioner, UK title The Chinese Executioner) - philosophical tales in the manner of Voltaire inspired by legends from the Orient
  • Not The Glory (1955)
  • Saving Face (1956)
  • E=MC2 (1957)
  • Face of a Hero (1956)
  • The Test (1957)
  • Other Side of the Coin (1956)
  • Walt Disney's Siam (1958)
  • S.O.P.H.I.A. (1959)
  • A Noble Profession (1960)
  • For a Noble Cause (1961)
  • La Planète des singes (1963; Planet of the Apes)
  • Garden on the Moon (1964)
  • The Photographer (1967)
  • Les Oreilles de jungle (1972; Ears of the Jungle) - story of the Vietnam war told from the perspective of a North Vietnamese commander
  • Les Vertus de'lenfer (1974; The Virtues of Hell)
  • Le Bon Léviathan (1978; The Good Leviathan)
  • Miroitements (1982; Mirrors of the Sun)
  • La Baleine des Malouines (1983; US title: The Whale of the Victoria Cross; UK title: The Falklands Whale)
  • Pour l'amour de l'art (1985; For the Love of Art)
  • Le Professeur Mortimer (1988)
  • A nous deux, Satan! (1992)

The Bridge over the River Kwai (French: Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai) is a novel by Pierre Boulle, published in 1952. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 15ft sculpture of Einsteins 1905 E = mc² formula at the 2006 Walk of Ideas, Germany In physics, mass-energy equivalence is the concept that all mass has an energy equivalence, and all energy has a mass equivalence. ... This article is about the book. ... “The Inferno” redirects here. ... Destruction of Leviathan. 1865 engraving by Gustave Doré. Leviathan (Hebrew: , Standard  Tiberian  ; Twisted; coiled) was a Biblical sea monster referred to in the Old Testament (Psalm 74:13-14; Job 41; Isaiah 27:1). ...

Collections

  • Contes de l'absurde (1953; "Stories of the Absurd")
  • Histoires charitables (1965)
  • Quia absurdum (1966)
  • Time Out of Mind: And Other Stories (1966)
  • The Marvellous Palace: And Other Stories (1977)

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Pierre Boulle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (428 words)
Pierre Boulle (20 February 1912 30 January 1994) was a French novelist.
At the outbreak of World War II Boulle enlisted with the French army in French Indochina, and after German troops occupied France he joined the Free French Mission in Singapore.
Pierre Boulle died in Paris, France on 30 January 1994.
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