The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Book - 2002
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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: London : Vintage, 2002
ISBN: 9780099445029
Branch Call Number: F BOU
Characteristics: 185 p. ; 20 cm


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Mar 12, 2017

This short novel carries a powerful punch. The British Colonel Nicholson is the exemplary solider; he is the epitome of courage, leadership, hard work and determination. These ideals become tangible when the construction for a bridge begins and Nicholson and his troops are required to build it in a Japanese labor camp.

Nov 10, 2013

A look at pride and duty. A sub plot(written in the 50;s) is the patronizing view of the British to people of colour, A quick read that has a variance to the film. Worth reading.

Apr 14, 2012

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