A classic memoir of prison breaks and adventure – a bestselling phenomenon of the 1960s
Condemned for a murder he had not committed, Henri Charrière (nicknamed 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 went into 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.
Henri Charrière died in 1973 at the age of 66.
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Without doubt the best book I have ever read. It is one of those books you cannot put down and is so much better than the film. Papillon is a story of a determined man who escapes from the most Inhumane situations and who never gave up when life constantly kicked him in the teeth. Whilst no angel and well known in the Parisienne underworld, he was sentenced to life for a crime his did not commit. Compulsive reading.
I really enjoyed this book, it gets 5 stars from me. And it's based on a true story which makes it so much better. :)