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Papillon (1970) [Novel]
by Henri Charriere Rating: Weighted - 8.5 / Average - 8.5 of 10 (19 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary :

Condemned for a murder he had not committed, Henri Charriere (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 suffered solitary confinement and he 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.

Original title: Papillon
Original languages: French


Genre: FictionAdventureSurvival
FictionAdventureA Miscellany

Edition #1: Papillon

Papillon (1970)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Patrick O'Brien
  • "One of the most remarkable adventure stories of all time" Sunday Express
  • "A splendid story. It gallops with non-stop gusto. You turn the pages eagerly, agog to know what comes next" Sunday Telegraph
  • "A first-class yarn" The People
  • "A tremendous story" Sunday Times
  • "An incredible story. An astonishing fantastic odyssey" Evening News
  • "A marvellous adventure story told in a direct, colloquial a born teller of tales" Times Literary Supplement
  • "Racy and occasionally instant, runaway best seller" Newsweek
  • "A modern classic of courage and excitement" The New Yorker
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Papillon (1970)

ISBN: 0586034862

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