By Pierre Boulle
The Bridge at the River Kwai tells the tale of 3 POWs who suffer the hell of the japanese camps at the Burma-Siam railway - Colonel Nicholson, a guy ready to sacrifice his existence yet no longer his dignity; significant Warden, a modest hero, saboteur and lethal killer; Commander Shears, who escaped from hell yet was once despatched again.
Ordered via the japanese to construct a bridge, the Colonel refuses, because it is opposed to laws for officials to paintings with different ranks. the japanese crumple yet, to turn out some extent of British superiority, building of the bridge is going forward - at nice fee to the lads lower than Nicholson's command.
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The Bridge on the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle