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Book Reviews of Papillon

Author: Henri Charriere
ISBN-13: 9780671785284
ISBN-10: 0671785281
Publication Date: 12/1/1973
Pages: 458
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
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10 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

suezqe avatar reviewed Papillon on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
The movie was great - the book even better.

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.
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Although the author tends to render himself a bit larger than life, this is a wonderful, absorbing, and upbuilding story. Well worth reading and even rereading.
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Great non-fiction
tnlmorris avatar reviewed Papillon on
loved this book. awesome read.
AimeeM avatar reviewed Papillon on + 124 more book reviews
If you liked the movie with Steve Mcqueen, you'll LOVE the book.
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Great book , really enjoyed the re read!
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What a spectacular read.
easttexmerry avatar reviewed Papillon on + 40 more book reviews
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.
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I had read this book several years ago & I loved it so much that I am adding it to my collection of 'Keepers"!
212roger avatar reviewed Papillon on
My all-time favorite book.