Papillon Author:Henri Charriere Henri Charrière, called Papillon, for the butterfly tattoo on his chest, was convicted in Paris in 1931 for a murder he did not commit. When he was sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, one thought obsessed him: escape. After planning and executing a series of treacherous yet failed attempts over many y... more »ears, Papillon was eventually sent to the notorious prison, Devil's Island, a place from which no one had ever escaped -- that was, until Papillon. His escape, described in breathless detail, was one of the most incredible tests of human cunning, will, and endurance.In 1968, more than twenty years after his final escape, Charrière had his astonishing autobiography, Papillon, published in France to instant acclaim -- a worldwide bestseller describing the gripping, shocking odyssey of the author's imprisonment and escape over a greuling decade.« less
Fantastic story of the life of Henri Charriere. Never a dull moment for the reader. He writes incredible passages of escape attempts dependant on not-so-trustworthy characters - the jailers, other prisoners and local merchants. Numerous physical challenges - one wonders how a man could endure, yet you are compelled to believe his story, told years after his successful escape.
Such an engrossing read! I read this book back in the 1970s, and just loved it's adventure and beautifully written style. I have read it again several times since. The author has a way of writing to enable the reader to be right there with him as he tells the story.