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If it weren’t for the movie with its killer Rod Serling script and the awesomeness of Charlton Heston when he was the coolest Sci-Fi actor aroundand all the sequels and TV shows and reboots that have followed, the original Planet of the Apes novel wouldn’t deserve much in terms of goodreads stars.

I read this years ago When they land, however, they are greeted by a field officer in a Jeep who is a gorilla. View all 5 comments. I needed this intellectual exercise to escape from the despair that haunted me, to prove to myself that I was a man, I mean a man from Earth, a reasoning creature who made it a habit to discover a logical explanation for the apparently miraculous whims of nature, and not a beast hunted down by highly developed apes. Originally written in by the same author who brought us The Bridge Over the River Kwaithis book will most likely be remembered for the many movies that were based on it’s premise of a world where the roles of apes and men are reversed.

Vague Spoilers Ahead I don’t really think that I can do this book justice in my review. I would not have said this was a translation not that I think my French is now good enough to read this in its native language as it flowed so well. When they catch hold of it, they find a bottle! I’m not sure what was the reason of it, but I suppose that it might have been caused by interesting descriptions of life on unknown planet and the fast action.

Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. This book is very different, funny in a way.


This book gives me the creeps without having graphic violence or horror. The society was divided between the violent gorillas, the pedantic and conservative orangutans, and the intellectual chimpanzees. The book is similar to the film series in certain ways, but different enough to provide a new approach to the main subject. The dystopian elements of the tale are chilling and still quite timely. A message in a bottle is found!

La Planète des singes by Pierre Boulle (3 star ratings)

To ask other readers questions about Planet of the Apesplease sign up. Retrieved 2 February — via www. Originally written boulpe by the same author who brought us The Bridge Over sintes River Kwaithis book will most likely be remembered for the many movies that were based on it’s premise of a world where the roles of apes and men are reversed.

PotA is an entertaining read but not extremely imaginative. I haven’t studied him enough to know one way or the other.

But Apes still seem to rival Man in the fear department: That was definitely not what I expected. August Learn how and when to remove this template message. I thought the difference between the novel and he movie adaptation was probably the most interesting aspect of this read.

You can read t Okay, now, you have to remember that the original novel and the movie deviate in certain major ways. Imagine my surprise when one day a letter from Paris arrived in the mail from none other than the very tolerant Mr.

That’s just the kind of geek I am. This planet of the apes looks at Merou like a animal in a zoo. This is another lie. Retrieved 2 February — via Google Books. They are so fearful of the possibility of human uprising that they commit atrocities to prevent them.

B sent me yes, it’s framed, but no, it’s not hanging on a wall. The book seems to emphasize the theme of evolution, while the film focuses more on time travel.

Planet of the Apes

No, no tienen armas. Being a dork, I went for Pierre Boulle because he had written the only book I knew of that let you put on a gorilla mask and run around like you’d taken over the world. Maybe you’ll like more, to each their own as they say, but dse for me. Sign In Don’t have an account?


I’d rate it 1. Dinges I bought the first siinges printing of this book, which has a much more attractive cover. Some are of particular note among these editions. Ape clothing matches that of 20th century Earth humans, except that the apes wear gloves instead of shoes on their prehensile feet.

Return to Book Page. Because they travel close to the speed of light, time dilation causes centuries to pass on Earth during their two years in transit.

There is some argument as to whether the book can be considered science fiction or if it’s a work of satire in the vein of Dse Travel. Because I grew up in the ‘s, I had always assumed that this book was a “novelization” of the film.

For me, its main theme is an reminder of the things we take for granted or better yet, the people who we take for granted. They soon encountered other human beings on the planet, although these others acted as primitively as chimpanzees and destroyed the clothing of the three astronauts where a human female killed their chimpanzee Hector. I listened to the audio version recorded by Greg Wise in and was surprised to find that in many cases the word ape in the print version was changed to monkey in the audio recording.

I really loved the subtle cautionary tale running throughout the story. Thanks to the Goodreads Time Travel reading group for choosing this book and giving me the opportunity to read and discuss it with others. The thing I liked the most was the Ulysse Merou’s attempts to comunicate with Zira, the “she-ape” as author named her. Le cercle du nouveau livre.