Books: The Monkeys' Pa

PLANET OF THE APES by Pierre Boulle. 246 pages. Vanguard. $4.50.

Writers used to have fun with the simple-minded idea that if 50 monkeys were locked in a room with 50 typewriters, they would eventually turn out War and Peace. But nothing stays simple. Bringing the conception up to date for the space age, French Novelist Pierre Boulle has concocted a book in which chimps, orangutans and gorillas take over all of civilization and run it as well as it is run now—maybe better. If it isn't War and Peace, well, Boulle is after all...

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