|Plot Summary of Planet of the Apes|
|"Spaceship pilot and his friends land on a planet, sopposedly in another galaxy. They encounter humnas who are as developed as animals and apes, as developed as humans. Only Taylor survives a hunt and is brought to an animal psycology. She and her fiance help Taylor to escape the city because he can talk and thus is dangerous to the apes who are afraid of discovering the real past of their race. Taylor and his new family fly to Earth and discover that there too apes are in control."
irina, Resident Scholar
|"The original novel by Pierre Boulle begins in the same general way as Tim Burton's new movie, although the end is radically different from either the Burton or Charlton Heston file versions. The main character discovers that the planet he's landed on has a dominant ape population, and the humans are little more than animals. Eventually, he communicates that he is more than just an animal, and eventually discovers-- along with a prominent ape scientist-- that the planet was people by humans whose laziness and reliance on technology prevented them from mustering the determination to suppress a revolt of their trained ape servants. This is an entertaining, thought-provoking novel, and neither film version does it justice."
Patrick Grode, Resident Scholar
|"Ulysse Merou is part of an expedition to explore new worlds, along with his two companions and their monkey pet they reach the new world only to discover that this world has evolution in reverse. Humans are little more than animals to be experimented on while the dominant race are the apes. Ulysse tries to prove that he is more than just an animal by learning the language of the apes and conversing with them. Along with the ape scientists Ulysse discovers that there was a race of intelligent humans on this planet earlier but they were eclipsed by the apes. Finally Ulysse's prescence causes a stir among the apes and he is forced to escsape with his new found love and son to his spaceship to return to earth but a shock awaits him when he arrives."
Neil Morey, Resident Scholar
|"In the year 2500, a spaceship leaves the Earth with three passengers; their ambitous mission is to reach a region of space never explored. They arrive to a planet that is very similar to the Earth, climately and geographically speaking. They come across human beings, but soon discover they are live like wild animals and possess no language. The intelligent beings in this planet are the apes.
The protagonist, french journalist Ulysse Mérou is taken to a lab as an experimental subject, for it is common for apes to experiment with human beings. One of his companions, young scientist Arthur Levain, is killed by hunters. The fate of the mission's leader Professor Antelle, the Earth's wealthiest and smartest man, is unknown.
Ulysse tries to prove to the apes that he is a rational being, unlike his fellow humans from the planet. The question is: Will he be able to? And if he can achieve that, what is next for an intelligent man in a planet ruled by apes? "
StephanieA, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Planet of the Apes|
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Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 10%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Repressive society story
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Who's a slave/repressed?
- humans are slaves of aliens
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- an entire race
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a substantial amount
- Average intelligence
- distant future
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a primitive/fantasy society
- inhabited by friendly aliens
- unfriendly aliens
Takes place on Earth?
Planet outside solar system?
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
- some scientific explanation
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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