Essay about Bridge On The River Kwai by Pierre Boulle

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Bridge On The River Kwai by Pierre Boulle

The title of my book was Bridge on the river Kwai. The Bridge on the

River Kwai is an epic tale of the struggle of British POWs in a Japane

se prison camp during WW II. Lt. Colonel marches his men into Prisoner of

War Camp 16, commanded by Colonel Saito As the troops enter the camp,

they are observed by long time captive Shears, an American sailor, who has

bribed a guard to be put on the sick list. Saito announces that their job will

be to build a bridge over the River Kwai so that the railroad connection can

be completed. However, Saito also demands that all men, including officers,

will do manual labor. This act forces Nicholson to inform Saito that, under
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Nicholson mentions that he has men skilled in this type of task but

Saito simply locks him back in the "oven." Eventually Saito gives

Nicholson and his officers amnesty and Nicholson sees this as a small

but well needed victory. Nicholson suggests to his officers that,

instead sabotaging the work, why not build the bridge to the best of

their ability. Nicholson and his men set to work.

Shears, who survived the escape and is now recovering in a hospital, is

asked by Major Warden to come along on a mission to destroy the bridge.

Fearing recapture, Shears reveals that he is not even an officer but has been

posing as one to get better treatment. Unfortunately for him, Warden already

knows and blackmails Shears into going on the expedition. After recruiting a

fourth man, the team parachutes into the jungle but only Warden, Joyce, and

Shears make the jump safely. After several days of hardship, the team learns

of a train scheduled to travel the railroad on the 13th. They choose this day

as the day to destroy the Bridge on the River Kwai.

Nicholson informs Doctor Clipton that the bridge won?t be completed

on time. To increase manpower, Nicholson recruits wounded men

from the 'hospital' to do light labor at the bridge. Far away from the

bridge, the team of Shears, Joyce, Warden, and their native porters

are resting when they are discovered by a Japanese

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