Papillon An immediate sensation upon its publication in 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

  • Title: Papillon
  • Author: Henri Charrière
  • ISBN: 9780671785284
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 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, travellAn 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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    1. My mother knew Papillon and another one of the characters in the book (Francoise). He was a customer of my uncle's restaurant Il Padrino, in Venezuela, back in the 60's,70's (after this story was told). My brother was just an infant/toddler at this time and they would take turns throwing him in the air, swinging him, etc I told this guy Neil about this and he was shocked that my family knew this guy. He had read the book and loved it so much. So as a gift, he gave me a copy of the book. This boo [...]

    2. Papillon, Henri Charrière Henri Charrière (16 November 1906 – 29 July 1973) was a French writer, convicted as a murderer by the French courts. In jail he wrote the famous novel Papillon, a memoir of his incarceration in and escape from a penal colony in French Guiana. While Charrière claimed that Papillon was largely true, modern researchers believe that much of the book’s material came from other inmates, rather than Charrière himself. Charrière denied committing the murder, although h [...]

    3. I read this book in the mid 70's, as a teenager. Then I read it again. And then, a little while later, I saw the film. The three events have subsequently blended into one and I certainly now have difficulty differentiating the book from the film. But that's no big deal as I know the film followed the written narrative pretty closely. It's a true story of one man's battle against injustice and the terrible personal consequences that transpired.It left a big impression on me. It was a big story. A [...]

    4. What a story! Papillon is an autobiographical novel about a man who in 1931 was charged with killing someone (of course, the author claims he was innocent) and he was sentenced to a life of hard labor at a penal colony in French Guiana. After many weeks of planning, he managed to escape on a raft and sailed hundreds of miles to Colombia. He spent several months living happily in a fishing village -- with not one but two wives! -- but he was eventually picked up by the authorities and sent back t [...]

    5. One can only presume Henri Charriere (Papillon, or simply Papi to inmates) was a cat in a previous life, and was still blessed with nine lives in this, believe me he needed all of them. Nine death-defying escapes from the brutal penal settlements of French Guiana in eleven years, pushing his stubborn body to the brink each time, wow!, now that's quite something, how it was even possible for a man of flesh and bone not to die a hundred deaths whilst also going round the bend is beyond me. He woul [...]

    6. bbc/iplayer/episode/Description: 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 Papillo [...]

    7. "Papillon" este cel mai captivant roman de aventură citit vreodată.Autobiografie romanțată fiind, autorul ne spune că a fost condamnat la închisoare de către curtea cu juri. La începutul secolului XX, în Franța colonialista, oamenii făcuți vinovați de delicte grave, erau trimiși la ocnă în teritorii îndepărtate (Guyana franceză, în cazul de față, "un loc din care nimeni nu a ieșit vreodată viu"). El, autorul, ne mărturisește că, deși în tinerețe a fost un golan, a f [...]

    8. I don't care if this book wasn't a 100% factual, honest-to-God documentary account of what actually happened to this guy - it was a magnificent adventure novel, full of blood and drama and action. From what I can tell, Charrière cobbled the narrative out of his own experiences as a prisoner in the pitiless camps of 1930s French Guyana, plus the stories of a few camp-mates, plus his own dramatic license, emerging with a masterpiece. There were many moments where the story is less than totally pl [...]

    9. This book is incredible. It is the TRUE story of a prison break from a penal colony in French Guiana which was later made into a movie with Steve McQueen--another of my favorites. If you liked Shawshank, you'll love Papillon. Henri Charrier, called Papillon for the butterfly tattoo on his chest, was convicted in Paris in 1931 for a murder he did not convict and was shipped off to French Guiana. It takes years and several failed attempts for Papillion to escape in this nail-biting story of amazin [...]

    10. I had a hard time to believe a lot of the stuff in this memoir and was hardly surprised when I read that a lot of it was actually invented or had in reality happened not to Charrière but to his inmates.Papillon was interesting as a narrative novel transmitting a message about the French punitive system back at that time, but even though Charrière could almost get philisophical at times, I personally couldn't get myself to like him at all and the plot was repetitive. Charrière seemed rather fu [...]

    11. مگر من از وطنم چه می‌خواستمغیر از تکه‌ای نان، گوشه‌ای امن، جیبی با حرمت، بارانی از عشق و پنجره‌ای باز كه آزادی و عشق را به من دهد، چه می‌خواستم در این حد، كه به من نداد؟برای همین، نیمه شبی، دری را شکستم و رفتم. برای همیشه رفتم - شیرکو بی‌کسفیلم پاپیون رو سال‌ها پیش دیدم. با و [...]

    12. Its my favorite book till date. One word for it - WOWIts just amazing and the way the author has described the life of a man in the prisons is amazing. Its wonderful how he tells this man's story spanning so many years. I saw this movie as a kidI must be very young then maybe class 5 or younger.d ever since then I had a desire in me to read this book whenever I get a chance. Papillon means butterfly and it symbolises the protagonists' desire to get free from the clutches of jail. The vivid descr [...]

    13. 16/6 - Knowing nothing about this book or Charrière, only knowing the word papillon and it's English translation through the fact that there's a dog breed that's called papillon because the dog's fluffy ears (vaguely) resemble a butterfly's wings, I picked this up off the 'new and recently returned' shelf because the blurb on the back described it as "A classic memoir of prison breaks and adventure". And 'adventure' sounded like the right genre for me at that moment in time. I read the translat [...]

    14. Papillon was an enjoyable enough summer read; it was just a little hard to suspend my disbelief at times for a supposedly nonfiction endeavor. I was unsurprised to see in my post-reading research that large portions the story were disputed and that several of Charriere's fellow inmates have claimed over the years that he incorporated the experiences of other would-be escapees and presented them as his own story. I guess this book was a precursor of sorts to A Million Little Pieces in that both a [...]

    15. So fascinating, haunting; you feel the pain and ecstasy. No escape till the last page, you sail along all 'Cavale' with them.Even though the author is silent all throughout the novel, on the plot of his conviction for murder in France except by saying that he was innocent, we really feel that he was really innocent. This, the author succeeds to prove through various instances in the novel. We also feel many occasions unbelievable where we see he is recognized instantly, and many show sympathy to [...]

    16. أفضل أن أكون مجرماً على أن أكون سجّاناًهكذا قال بابليونالفتى الفرنسي الذي اُتهم زوراً بجريمة قتل أودعته السجن المؤبدالعدالة الفرنسية جعلته يتمنى هذه الأمنيةجحيث أغلب السجّانين مجرمون حقيقيون وأغلب المسجونين أبرياء أو متهمون بقضايا تافهةمعاصرته السجناء وإخلاصهم ووفائهم [...]

    17. Never give up the fight, and that even when there seems no way out the way of the warrior, win or lose, is the correct way. Books are such a wonderful thing that it teaches you all and me being very curious, we have become best friends now. This was one of the best autobiographies I have ever read. The determination of papillon is beyond explanation. The tattoo on his chest of a papillon really meant something, he was never meant to be caged. An awesome journey, many things to learn from and wil [...]

    18. I was disappointed with this one. I added it based on memory of the old 70's classic starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman and maybe for that reason my expectations were too high. There were a couple of intense parts to the story, so I will at least give this a 2, but overall, the story ran on, seeming to repeat itself with similar encounters. The translation may be to blame, but I thought the writing was amateurish. Henri Charriere was writing about his own encounter in escaping the French [...]

    19. بابليون الفراشة الباحثة عن النور عن الحرية بعد أن فقدها على إثر جريمة فقد على إثرها حياته بالحكم عليه بالسجن المؤبد في سجون فرنسا التي مارست أبشع أنواع الإضطهاد ضد المحكومين , بابي ذا النفس المتمردة والرافضة للخضوع لا ينفك يفكر في الهروب لتحقيق حلمه بالحرية , لاينفك يحلم بال [...]

    20. Bu kitabın insanı saran, gözleri bozana dek bırakmadan okuma hissi uyandıran atmosferinin yanı sıra; gerek olay akışının içine okuru hapsedişi, gerekse de yer yer karşımıza çıkan mizah anlayışıyla da romancılık açısından iyi bir kitap olduğunu gösteriyor bence. İnsanın doğuştan iyi ve adaletli olduğu varsayımına inanan insanların güçlükle okuyacağı kitabın satır aralarında insançocuğunun gerçek yüzü; toplumda inşa edilen sözde adalet, küçük i [...]

    21. Trois étoiles et demi: Mon rating concerne l'histoire, et non pas son authenticité. Sachant qu'il s'agit bien d'une biographie romancée dont plusieurs faits réels furent vécus non pas par papillon mais par d'autres personnes, donc, je considère ce récit comme un roman et non pas une biographie.Henri Charrière, dit papillon, est né en 1906 en Ardèche. En 1925, il rejoint la marine, en 1927, il se fait reformer puis s’installe à Paris, où il vit de petite délinquance. Le 7 avril 193 [...]

    22. تصف هذه الملحمة الإنسانية قصة رجل كافح بأشد مايمكن لهذه الكلمة من معنى ليصنع حريته الخاصة غصباً عن الشرطة والقانون والمجتمع بأسره! هنري شاريير رجلٌ حُكم عليه بالسجن بسبب جريمة لم يرتكبها “ على حسب قوله”، وأرسل إلى جزيرة غويان الفرنسية “ ثلاث جزر صغيرة مخصصة حصراً لتكون سجن [...]

    23. It's been a while since I cried "uncle" but today I had to do it again. In the past several years I have suffered through William Gibson's Spook Country AND - yes, I believe I may be a glutton for punishment - Zero History (a novel aboutans?). I did my best to stay awake through Kazuo Ishiguro's galactically dull Never Let Me Go (but please, I do so want to let you go). I forced my way through The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (next time, YOU take it). Waded through Wicked, clumped through The [...]

    24. Filmi kitaptan daha çok sevdim, Steve McQueen ve Dustin Hoffman'ın mükemmel oyunculuğunun etkisiyle sanırım.

    25. This is the Best book I ever read.I remember I started to read it when I was 14, and during long travels to sorocaba city I used to read a little of it, getting back in favourite parts.Henri Charrière did something completally amazing. Not one, but two: First was the escaping itself, from Devil Island secound was to describle this with perfect details, something that makes us imagine each movement and each sceneHis passion for life made he survive to a unfair punishment and escape from many pri [...]

    26. 550 pages of prison escapes. Exciting, but wow, so many failed attempts. I figure if Papillon lived through 14 years of horror, the least I can do is read his 550 pages of escapes. He's certainly an example of "do not go gentle."

    27. I wanted to read this book so badly - I was in 7th grade, my sister wanted to take drivers education. She did not want to ride her bike alone, so she bribed me. Allowing me to read on the church steps while I waited for her lesson to be over. BUT I GOT TO READ THE BOOK! I really liked it. The descriptions were so vivid, the story so gripping. I do not know where my sister got the book, I seriously doubt she had read it. OMG Epiphany! It was my dad's book! He gave it to her to bribe me with so sh [...]

    28. "يا عزيزي بابيون! إنك لتشقى بهذا النضال، وأغبطك على ما تحمله من إيمان بالحصول على الحرية يوماً ما. فمنذ عام وانت لا تكف عن الهروب، ولم تعدل عنه مرة واحدة، فما أن تهزم في هروب حتى تبدأ بتحضير هروب آخر."هنري شاريير او "بابيون" كالفراشة في سعيه للحصول على الحرية والنجاة من طريق الع [...]

    29. One of the best Non Fiction Memoir I have ever read till date. A gripping tale of inhuman tortures, an endless story of survival, a brutal fate after escaping each and every prison before recapturing again, horrific days and nights with the other deadly prisoners, surviving in the infirmary without food and water for several days counting the each and last second which gonna pass by very slowly.All the above cruel conditions were for innocent Henry Charrier affectionately known as Papillon - A b [...]

    30. Una historia emocionante la de Henri Charriere, llena de acción, drama y tensión. Una gran evasión con múltiples y variados escenarios. Recomendable.

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