One of the finest war novels ever written, 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 ordered 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.
About the Author
Pierre Boulle was born in 1912 at Avignon. Boulle spent the Second World War fighting in Yunnan, Calcutta and Indo-Chine, where he was captured by the Japanese. After the war he lived in Malaya, the Cameroons and finally, Paris, where he settled untill his death in 1994.
"A fine ironic novel, that is yet another French tribute to British eccentricity" Observer "Stirring and imaginative" New Statesman "Unforgettable" New Statesman
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 5th December 2002
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 15.9 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1