Papillon Pb

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Harper Perennial, 2005 - Escapes - 688 pages
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A classic memoir of prison breaks and adventure -- a bestselling phenomenon of the 1960s Papillon) was sent to the penal colony of French Guiana. Forty-two days after his arrival he made his first break, travelling a thousand gruelling miles in an open boat. Recaptured, he suffered a solitary confinement and was sent eventually to Devil's Island, a hell-hole of disease and brutality. No one had ever escaped from this notorious prison -- no one until Papillon took to the shark-infested sea supported only by a makeshift coconut-sack raft. In thirteen years he made nine daring escapes, living through many fantastic adventures while on the run -- including a sojourn with South American Indians whose women Papillon found welcomely free of European restraints...Papillon is filled with tension, adventure and high excitement. It is also one of the most vivid stories of human endurance ever written.

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One of my favorite books of all time

User Review  - 1212Jack1212 - Tesco

A very exciting and intriguing true story of incredible perseverance, escape, prison, (including Devil's Island) and inhumane punishment as told by the "Butterfly" himself. Do not let the movie put ... Read full review

Should be a Claissic

User Review  - Lottman - Borders

When i was little, i watched this movie many times over with my dad because if it was ever on he was watching it. As an adult, i found the book and purchased it. It is similiar to the movie but 100 ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

In 1931, 25-year-old Henri Charriere was found guilty of a murder he had not committed and transported to a penal colony in French Guiana. His numerous daring escapes and subsequent adventures are recounted in 'Papillon' (1969) and 'Banco: The Further Adventures of Papillon' (1973). He died in 1973 at the age of 66.

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