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Henri Charrière
Birth date: November 16, 1906
Died: July 29, 1973
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Calyre
Calyre rated it 1 year ago
La seule chose qui compte, dans la vie, avant tout : ne jamais s'avouer vaincu, et après chaque fracas, recommencer. C'est ce que je vais faire.Et il nous vient cette même pensée en même temps : "Le passé ne veut rien dire, seul compte ce qu'on est devenu." De là, oui, si on ne distingue pas bien ...
Brian's Book Blog
Brian's Book Blog rated it 2 years ago
There's some dispute over whether this is 100% factual, but even so it's a good read.Henri Charriere is sent to the French penal colonies after being set up.Tells of his time on the islands and various escape attempts.It's told in an engaging style, and he brings other characters to life. Some of hi...
Haidji - Books...and...Books!
Haidji - Books...and...Books! rated it 4 years ago
An amazing story about an innocent man's will to survive and escape the abhorrent conditions of the French penal institutions in Guiana in 1931. It is book full of adventure, intrigue, friendship,sorrow, joy, heartache, revenge, life, persistence and fate! it's a gripping story and a page turner.
Sarah's Library
Sarah's Library rated it 4 years ago
16/6 - Knowing nothing about this book or Charrière, only knowing the word papillon and it's English translation through the fact that there's a dog breed that's called papillon because the dog's fluffy ears (vaguely) resemble a butterfly's wings, I picked this up off the 'new and recently returned'...
travelin
travelin rated it 6 years ago
I think it's mostly his style, in many senses of the word, which keep this thing so readable. Otherwise, he'd have naturally had long dry spells barely worth recording. It may have helped that he's said to have written it all out in 2 days or so. I've heard it suggested that he couldn't have lived a...
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