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    DescriptionThe sensational sequel to 'Papillon'. 'Banco' continues the adventures of Henri Charriere - nicknamed Papillon - in Venezuela, where he has finally won his freedom after thirteen years of escape and imprisonment. Despite his resolve to become an honest man, Charriere is soon involved in hair-raiding exploits with goldminers, gamblers, bank-robbers and revolutionaries - robbing and being robbed, his lust for life as strong as ever. He also runs night clubs in Caracas until an earthquake ruins him in 1967 - when he decides to write the book that brings his international fame.


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    Title
    Banco
    Subtitle
    The Further Adventures of Papillon
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Henri Charriere
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 160 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780586040102
    ISBN 10: 0586040102
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC subject category V2: JKV
    Libri: B-090
    DC18: 364.10924
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    LC classification: HV6248.C/
    Thema V1.0: DNB
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    05 December 1991
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Henri Charriere
    Review text
    Sad to say, the late Charriere has turned into something of a bore. Once known as Papillon, also the title of his incredibly successful and exciting (despite Munchausen excesses) first book (1970), this one-time hood from Montmartre, later solid citizen of Venezuela picks up where he earlier left off to fill us in on what's been happening since he escaped (at age 39) from Devil's Island (after fourteen years in French penal colonies on a murder rap he's always maintained was a bummer) through to 1967 when as a 60 year-old man - and finally without a price on his head - Papi makes a touching visit home, his first in 37 years. Not that they were uneventful, these Venezuelan years: starting as a door-to-door coffee pot salesman, followed by equally unlikely jobs at a beauty products laboratory, a yogurt factory and as cook on a geological expedition, it wasn't long before Papi owned a hotel (it fell into his lap along with a wife), then a string of bars, later a fishing fleet. And because earlier on he was hell-bent for revenge but thousands of miles from his framers and in need of get-there loot, along the way Papi's occasionally up to his old shenanigans - a pawnshop heist, swindles at craps - usually in cahoots with a gang that can't shoot straight. Such episodes could have made wildly comic reading, but like one tunnel that was supposed to get Papi and friends closer to a bank vault, everything here collapses from too much weight. Papi wanted Respectability - to be "Monsieur" - and that's what's done him in in this self-conscious morality tale. And metamorphized the butterfly to a moth. (Kirkus Reviews)