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Author: Henri Charriere, Patrick O'Brian (Translator)
Condemned for a murder he had not commited, Henri Charriere (nicknamed Papillion) was sent to the penal colony of French Guiana. Forty-two days after his arrival, he made his first break, travelling a thousand miles in an open boat. — Recaptured, he suffered solitary confinement and was sent eventually to Devil's Island, a hell-hole of diseas...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780586034866
ISBN-10: 0586034862
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 560
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.

4.8 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Harpercollins
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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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 book , really enjoyed the re read!
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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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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