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Papillon - Henri Charrière
Papillon
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Henri CharriÈre, called "Papillon," for the butterfly tattoo on his chest, was convicted in Paris in 1931 of a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, he became obsessed with one goal: escape. After planning and executing a series of... show more
Henri CharriÈre, called "Papillon," for the butterfly tattoo on his chest, was convicted in Paris in 1931 of a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, he became obsessed with one goal: escape. After planning and executing a series of treacherous yet failed attempts over many years, he was eventually sent to the notorious prison, Devil's Island, a place from which no one had ever escaped . . . until Papillon. His flight to freedom remains one of the most incredible feats of human cunning, will, and endurance ever undertaken. CharriÈre's astonishing autobiography, Papillon, was published in France to instant acclaim in 1968, more than twenty years after his final escape. Since then, it has become a treasured classic -- the gripping, shocking, ultimately uplifting odyssey of an innocent man who would not be defeated.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780061120664 (0061120669)
ASIN: 61120669
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages no: 576
Edition language: English
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Haidji - Books...and...Books!
Haidji - Books...and...Books! rated it
5.0 Devil's Island
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
4.0 Papillon by Henri Charrière, Patrick O'Brian (Translator)
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
5.0 Papillon
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...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
1.0
Up until I got bored with it, the writing was good. But some of the "adventures", I have to say - Yeah, righ. Male Wish Fullment.
kennethjmcginnis
kennethjmcginnis rated it
4.0 Papillon
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