Papillon by Henri Charriere

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Henri Charrière, called "Papillon," for the butterfly tattoo on his chest, was convicted in Paris in 1931 of a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, he became obsessed with one goal: escape. After planning and executing a series of treacherous yet failed attempts over many years, he was eventually sent to the notorious prison, Devil's Island, a place from which no one had ever escaped . . . until Papillon. His flight to freedom remains one of the most incredible feats of human cunning, will, and endurance ever undertaken.

Charrière's astonishing autobiography, Papillon, was published in France to instant acclaim in 1968, more than twenty years after his final escape. Since then, it has become a treasured classic -- the gripping, shocking, ultimately uplifting odyssey of an innocent man who would not be defeated.


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Born in 1906, and imprisoned in 1931, Henri Charrière finally escaped in 1945 to Venuzuela, where he married, settled in Caracas, and opened a restaurant. He died in 1973.
Published May 29, 2012 by William Morrow. 576 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Crime, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Travel. Non-fiction

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Can one million Frenchmen be wrong?

Sep 01 1970 | Read Full Review of Papillon (P.S.)

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Full Summary >> Cast: Steve McQueen - (Papillon) Dustin Hoffman - (Dega) Victor Jory - (Indian Chief) All Cast & Crew >> Review: Although it's overly exhaustive as it catalogues its protagonist's many attempts to regain his freedom, Papillon remains the mother, or at least the master, of all ...

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Justin Spradling 16 Jul 2013

Rated the book as 4.5 out of 5