Book rating: 05 Paperback Harper Perennial Modern Classics

By (author) Henri Charriere, Translated by Patrick O'Brian

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  • Publisher: HarperPerennial
  • Format: Paperback | 688 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 40mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 3 May 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007179960
  • ISBN 13: 9780007179961
  • Sales rank: 7,332

Product description

An immediate sensation upon its publication in 1969, Papillon is a vivid memoir of brutal penal colonies, daring prison breaks and heroic adventure on shark-infested seas. Condemned for a murder he did not commit, Henri Charriere, nicknamed Papillon, was sent to the penal colony of French Guiana. Forty-two days after his arrival he made his first break for freedom, travelling a thousand gruelling miles in an open boat. He was recaptured and put into solitary confinement but his spirit remained untamed: over thirteen years he made nine incredible escapes, including from the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island. This edition of Papillon, one of the greatest adventure stories ever told, includes an exclusive new essay by Howard Marks.

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In 1931, 25-year-old Henri Charriere was found guilty of a murder he had not committed and transported to a penal colony in French Guiana. His numerous daring escapes and subsequent adventures are recounted in 'Papillon' (1969) and 'Banco: The Further Adventures of Papillon' (1973). He died in 1973 at the age of 66.

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By Deborah Carey 14 Mar 2012 5

One of the best books I have ever read. Despite its length, I didnt want it to end.
If you love true stories about survival and courage, then you will love this book.