Literature for Week 40: Thailand

There have been several novels set in Thailand that have been made into a Hollywood movie. Three of them are:

The Bridge over the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle
Originally published in French in 1952 and translated into English in 1954, The Bridge over the River Kwai tells the story of British prisoners of war that during WWII were forced by the Japanese to build a bridge for the railway connecting Thailand and Burma.

Read a preview here: amazon

The 1957 movie adaption The Bridge on the River Kwai won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

The Railway Man by Eric Lomax
The Thai-Burma Railway was nicknamed the Death Railway because of the harsh working conditions and the many deaths amongst the (forced) labourers. Eric Lomax wrote an autobiography about his experiences as one of those forced labourers working on the railway.

Read a preview here: amazon

The 2013 movie adaption The Railway Man stars Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.

| Bonus |
In series 21 in 2014 BBC’s Top Gear visited Burma for their annual special. The team tried to follow in the footsteps of history by also building a bridge over the river Kwai:

The Beach by Alex Garland
The 1996 novel by Alex Garland tells the story of a young backpacker who tries to find a legendary and isolated beach in Thailand. Since the success of the novel and especially the movie adaptation featuring Leonardo di Caprio, the beach has several times been in the news: the idyllic beach untouched by tourism had to be closed due to overcrowding by tourists.

Read a preview here: amazon


sources and starting point for more research:
The Bridge over the River Kwai on Wikipedia
The Bridge on the River Kwai on imdb.com
The Railway Man on Wikipedia
The Railway Man on imdb.com
The Beach on Wikipedia
The Beach on imdb.com

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