Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle, translated by Xan Fielding; 1963, 191 pages; Gramercy Books, New York, NY; 0-517-20948-9; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 2/22/18-2/26/18

Why did I read this?  After reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and realizing how different it is from the movie we all know, I thought I would explore the books some other movies I like were based on.

Three French astronauts leave our solar system and land on a planet that is remarkably similar to Earth.  Except that the humans have devolved and the apes have evolved.  The places each inhabit on our earth are switched.  One of the astronauts dies almost immediately and two others are captured and take very different paths.  One devolves and becomes speechless and incapable of rational thought, the other becomes friends with some chimpanzees and is brought before a council of apes.  One of the organutangs want to silence him so his chimpanzee friends enable he and his family to escape back to his spaceship.  He takes off  and returns to earth which has changed in the time he has been away.

The Mark Wahlberg/ Tim Burton version of this is closer to the book than any other version I have seen.

Grade 8/10

What is with the title of the review?  I identify Charlton Heston’s portrayal of Taylor in the original adaption of this that it was quite a shock to not see him in this story.