Papillon [Movie Tie-in]

Papillon [Movie Tie-in]

by Henri Charriere

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ISBN-13: 9780062882462
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/24/2018
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 168,033
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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.

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Papillon 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"PAPILLON" BY HENRI CHARRIERE: THE BOOK ALLOWS THE READER TO EXPERIENCE TO DESIRE TO BE FREE FROM A FALSE IMPRISONMENT. THE LIFE HE HAD KNOWN HAD CHANGED FOREVER AND WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME, BUT TO BE FREE FROM WHAT HE KNEW HE HAD NOT DONE WAS HIS MOTIVATION, WHICH KEPT HIM GOING FORWARD. THE REVEALING STORY REALLY MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE THERE WITH HIM EXPERIENCING THIS LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE OF HIS AND HOW HE MANAGES TO FIND JOY IN HIS DAY TO DAY LIFE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it
momma2 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This was an excellent true account, as well as an excellent movie.
dperrings on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I did not find the story credible.David Perrings
jayne_charles on LibraryThing 8 months ago
If you believe this is all true (as it's supposed to be) then it's surely one of the best and most exciting real life stories of all time. Even if you don't believe it (and some of the bits seemed to have been exaggerated) it's still one heck of a gripping read. The endless stretches of solitary confinement, which could have been boring, made for some of the most haunting reading I have encountered in literature.It was fascinating to hear about the protocol of escaping from a penal colony. Arriving after one successful breakout on an island under British administration, the French escapees immediately start acting like Brits - I had expected them to immediately go underground, but instead they presented themselves at the consulate (queueing, no doubt) before reporting themselves as escaped prisoners from a penal colony! To which they were effectively told 'Jolly good, chaps, off you go now!' Incredible!
keninipswich on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Wonderful story about a prisoner and his decades long attempts to escape from his life sentence in a French colonial prison. The story had a lot in common with Hugo's Les Miserables in terms of his treatment by those who knew that he was an escaped convict. There were those that were kind beyond belief and others that were cruel for no good reason. Of course, throughout, there was the question of God and "his" hand in his life.
Karen_Wells on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is one of the handful of books that changed me inside. To read Papillon is to know what the human spirit can endure, is to find out what courage truly is. Some people say the author lied, or at least gilded his story. Maybe he did, maybe he didn't - I don't care. I only read this the once, twenty years ago, and would never do so again; I'm too jaded now, and I'd be disappointed. Some memories are best left alone. If you think you've got problems, read this book and realize you haven't.
aethercowboy on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Henri Charriere, AKA Papillon, was wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of a man. He was sentenced to life and hard labor in a French penal colony. The man, feeling unjustly treated, was plagued by an urge to escape and seek vengeance on those that put him there.[Papillon] tells the semi-autobiographical tale surrounding these fourteen years of Charriere's life. It reads more like an adventure novel than an autobiography, and is gripping until the last page. All the while, you find yourself rooting for the convict, hoping that his plan succeeds (and one of them does, as the text makes you aware throughout). Each chapter you hope is the last one, but not because it's poorly written. You just want to see Papillon lose his shackles and fly away.This book is a must read for fans of fiction dealing with prison escapes.
Rhysickle on LibraryThing 11 months ago
A rubbish book. The man's ego and self-serving accounts render the story less than credible and utterly tedious.The first book I have failed to finish in years.
hennis on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I did not like the pretentious tone of the author. Although there were some interesting passages, his ego disgusted me throughout the book.
aimeegrubel on LibraryThing 11 months ago
The sheer magnitude of the story kept me turning the pages! Papillon lived so intensely, making no apologies for his history or his actions. I have told his story to any friend who has enough time to listen since I finished the book. I also found his writing style fit the story appropriately.
eleanor_eader on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Remarkable true taleI was blown away by this book ... by the strength of character displayed by the author (admittedly not always a character to be unreservedly liked), by the mad adventures he undertook, and by the amazing richness of a life that a court tried to throw into a hole and forget about.There is something so fundamentally heartening about Papillon¿s refusal to remain incarcerated for a crime he did not commit (though he ends his tale by admitting that he was a character ripe to be accused of it) that his escape attempts, his adventures, his successes and failures can only be followed with a mixture of ¿ if not always approval ¿ admiration and whole-hearted hope that things should end well for him. Despite some flaws of character and a style of writing that descends here and there into occasional egotistical self-approval, one cannot help agreeing with the friends of Papillon who declare him worthy of loyalty and every help in his escape attempts. The brutal harshness of the French penal system, the incredible richness of life that he encounters on his breaks, the amazing friendships that he forges, the moments of genuine horror that he witnesses are described vividly and with a well-paced flair for narrative that isn¿t lost with translation. Papillon may ¿ like any person ¿ have been capable of blunt actions and mistakes, but his credit lies in the fact that, in the face of such dismal prospect, he tried to remain a man who considered what was honourable while refusing to compromise his single-minded goal¿ to be free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great perspective of a prisoners life.
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VAshby More than 1 year ago
This was an great book about his life adventures. Some of it was a bit unbelievable. And at many points int the book I was thinking, "Really?" Did everyone Papillion met, jailors included, come to the conclusion that he was noble and that his repeated escape attempts were totally justified? Did local Indian tribes really embrace embrace him and give him women that totally fell in love with him? And then he chose to leave paradise? Any way, in spite of the unbelievable the book earns it's good ratings.
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RalphRI More than 1 year ago
Henri relates his experiences as a prisoner in the French penal system. His writing gets the reader to intimately identify with the shocking and enlightening events during this period of his incarceration. I loved his unquenching determination to escape his imprisonment after innumberable attemps. Loved the book for its insights into the human condition when presented with heartbreaking odds, but he finally succeeded in his escape.
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