Papillon

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Pocket Books (Mm), Apr 1, 1983 - Biography & Autobiography - 458 pages
31 Reviews
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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User Review  - Fraser - Goodreads

Another one of those books always in the periphery of the "to-read" list. Having read much about this book in terms of the authenticity of Charriere's life story and version of events, I actually ... Read full review

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User Review  - i. merey - Goodreads

Damn, but I love the 'redemption' genre! I'm sure there's an official genre title, but that's what I call it. You know the deal: 'Shawshank Redemption', 'A Million Little Pieces', 'Shantaram'. ...The ... Read full review

Contents

En Route to the Bagne
27
The First Cavale
52
The First Cavale Continued
94
Copyright

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About the author (1983)

Born in 1906, and imprisoned in 1931, Henri Charriere finally escaped in 1945 to Venuzuela, where he married, settled in Caracas, and opened a restaurant. He died in 1973.

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