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Papillon ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☉ Papillon Author Henri Charrière – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Henri Charriere, called Papillon, for the butterfly tattoo on his chest, was convicted in Paris in of a murder he did not commit Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, h Henri Charriere, called Papillon, for the butterfly tattoo on his chest, was convicted in Paris inof 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 undertakenCharriere s astonishing autobiography, Papillon, was published in France to instant acclaim in , 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.


About the Author: Henri Charrière

Henri Charri re was a convicted murderer chiefly known as the author of Papillon, a hugely successful memoir of his incarceration in and escape from a penal colony on French Guiana.



10 thoughts on “Papillon

  1. Anita Anita says:

    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 b 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 book was written in my uncle s other restaurant Il Pappagallo back in the day What a great story


  2. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Papillon, Henri Charri re Henri Charri re 16 November 1906 29 July 1973 was a French writer, convicted as a murderer by the French courts He wrote the famous novel Papillon, a memoir of his incarceration in and escape from a penal colony in French Guiana While Charri re claimed that Papillon was largely true, modern researchers believe that much of the book s material came from other inmates, rather than Charri re himself Charri re denied committing the murder, although he freely admitted Papillon, Henri Charri re Henri Charri re 16 November 1906 29 July 1973 was a French writer, convicted as a murderer by the French courts He wrote the famous novel Papillon, a memoir of his incarceration in and escape from a penal colony in French Guiana While Charri re claimed that Papillon was largely true, modern researchers believe that much of the book s material came from other inmates, rather than Charri re himself Charri re denied committing the murder, although he freely admitted to having committed various other petty crimes prior to his incarceration 1977 1349 537 20 1368 606


  3. Andrew Smith Andrew Smith says:

    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 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 huge adventure which I believed in entirely, though I now know some doubt has subsequently been levelled at the detail It was also the largest book I d taken on at this point by far Not only did it convince me of the power of a story, it also demonstrated to me that I could be transfixed by a tome so large it seemed impossible it would hold my interest long enough for me to finish it When I look back to early adult books I ve read it s this one that stands out read as I laid on my bed with a Rod Stewart cassette Atlantic Crossing playing in the background.When the film was released I know I doubted it could match the power of the book, but in my memory it came close I loved Hoffman and McQueen in the lead roles and the scenes of solitary confinement seemed a perfect reflection of what I d conjured up in my mind.I m not sure if I ll ever re visit this tale of a Frenchman shipped off to a prison in French Guiana for a crime he claimed he didn t commit, as I wouldn t want to be disappointed by a second re read I think I ll just continue to treasure the untainted memory of my first memorable reading experience


  4. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    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 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 would not accept a life s incarceration for a crime he didn t commit, no way, after being wrongly convicted of murder in Paris 1931, and sent to the infamously named Devils Island The man who had a beautiful butterfly tattoo on his chest, against all odds beat a system dreaded from the days of Napoleon who used its harsh and near inhospitable conditions to punish renegades and political prisoners Well, this prisoner was simply having none of it This was a big book in length, and it felt like it to, through a ravaging chain of events Papillon reads both as an adventure story of high thrills and tension and a savage graphic account of the misery and inhumanity of the French penal system Right from the start there is no settling in period, and you re left in no doubt as to how hard you needed to be to survive Charriere grabs you by the scruff of the neck and drags you all the way on this incredible journey, leaving you just as exhausted as he The emotions are explicit, the story is resolute and pumped full of testosterone, and the lessons from his life are succinct He made his first break from the prison of Saint Laurent within the first forty two days of his term navigating the heat, humidity and shark infested waters of the Caribbean Sea Showing exemplary courage and will power he reached as far as Colombia using a rickety and an old crumbling wooden boat only to be captured and returned back to the French, this totally pissed them off Angered and embarrassed French officials shipped him to the devil s islands without delay The failure only made himresilient he simply refused to accept his fate, eventually ending up in Venezuela, doing a little jail time, before, with the sun on his back he s a free man.The book also explores the humane relations Papillon shared with his cell mates, and you feel for a lot of them to, he was heavy handed with the sods but easy to make friends with He learned to live with the rogues, the dreaded convicts who hacked at moment s provocation but he never abandoned the meek and the suffering, whilst also getting along with guards and wardens Most were never repulsed by his intense obsession to break out, believing his innocence and respecting his dream to live as a free man It was this trust that enlivened his spirits and increased his strength to keep his sanity in the lowest ebbs of confinement, which generally were truly awful.On finishing Papillon I put the book down feeling that, out there in the big wide world, anything is possible This is a testament to the human spirit on a grandeur level, an adrenaline soaked, hard as nails unshakable will to live As for his writing, he took to it like anything else, without ever imagining that he could fail, putting pen to paper, 5,000 words a day, and if events from 30 years before ended up feeling a little fictionalised, he still managed to get Papillon across to the reader in the most believable way An experience never to be forgotten 5 5


  5. Diane Diane says:

    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 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 to prison He tried many other escape attempts, but it wasn t until 1941 that he managed to escape again by sea, floating away on a sack of coconuts Yes, a sack of coconuts Papillon, a nickname referencing the French word for butterfly, is a wonderful storyteller and the book is filled with his adventures I can understand why this book was a huge bestseller when it was published in 1969 it is compulsively readable and the stories are memorable Like any great storyteller, the author comes across as so clever and heroic that you wonder how much is exaggerated, but you also don t care because you re enjoying it too much


  6. Aaron Arnold Aaron Arnold says:

    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, Charri re 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 pla 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, Charri re 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 plausible if you created a drinking game where you took a shot each time a beautiful woman befriended him out of the blue, or people started doing favors for him for no reason, or an important official preposterously took him into their trust, you would be dead drunk inside of three chapters , and yet Charri re crafted a completely absorbing tropical world of hardened criminals, miserable wretches, forbidding prisons, thrilling escapes, and all around awesome displays of survival.I think my favorite part, out of a lot of great parts, was Papillon s moment of agonizing choice about a third of the way in, between staying in his beautiful Venezuelan paradise with his two new found native wives, and returning to seek vengeance on what he thinks is the unjust society that shipped him halfway across the world to rot in a jungle charnel house He idiotically chooses to leave this blissful native paradise, but even when I was cursing him for being a fool I thought his reflections on the differences between the civilized European culture who d condemned him and the indigenous cultures who d adopted him were well written and interesting in the light of the complicated relationship Western countries have had with their colonies The French, while not exactly angels, were oftenwilling than their neighbors the Spanish and the British to go native and peacefully blend into the various cultures who inhabited their colonies.While I think he overdid the Noble Savage trope a little bit, in terms of the story it makes the protagonist the perfect lone wolf badass who s as at home charming the well to do wives of the colonial administrators as he is getting laid with the daughters of whatever tribal chieftains he runs into Another one of my favorite parts was his first experience in solitary at Devil s Island I ve read other books with prison scenes in them, but his description of the soul crushing loneliness it engenders is one of the best, and was surely the prototype for countless others And of course all his various escape attempts are amazing too, but every part of the book can t be your favorite, that s like having dessert for every meal, something only a child would do This book hit me squarely on that kind of undiluted childish pleasure level I wish I d read it when I was twelve, it would have been the perfect companion to The Count of Monte Cristo and Robinson Crusoe Now to go track down the movie


  7. Bettie Bettie says:

    Henri Charri re, 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 escapedHenri Charri re, 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 escapeduntil Papillon His flight to freedom remains one of the most incredible feats of human cunning, will, and endurance ever undertaken.Charri re s astonishing autobiography, Papillon, was published in France to instant acclaim in 1968,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 Lordy, how much this reminds me of my youth and how convinced at one point that this was a mirror of the Dreyfus Affair The ruins of the prison on le Royale French Guiana the island


  8. Melanie Melanie says:

    I wavered a bit on my 4 rating but in the end I decided it s such a great adventure that I m sure I won t forget so four stars it is I ve seen in other review there is some question in the authenticity, and I did think that some of Papillon s adventures were over the top, especially making it so far in the sea on coconuts but I guess I don t care because it is great storytelling I do think some of the book is a bit repetitive and a bit long but overall I really enjoyed it Now I really h I wavered a bit on my 4 rating but in the end I decided it s such a great adventure that I m sure I won t forget so four stars it is I ve seen in other review there is some question in the authenticity, and I did think that some of Papillon s adventures were over the top, especially making it so far in the sea on coconuts but I guess I don t care because it is great storytelling I do think some of the book is a bit repetitive and a bit long but overall I really enjoyed it Now I really have to watch the movie I want to see the original and then the remake


  9. Quirkyreader Quirkyreader says:

    I saved this book from the discard pile, from one of the school libraries I worked in while living in Indiana.This story was even better the second time around I am glad I reread it.


  10. Layla ✷ Praise the sun ✷ Layla ✷ Praise the sun ✷ says:

    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 Charri re 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 Charri re could almost get philisophical at times, I personally couldn t get myself to like him at all and the plot was repetitive Charri re seemed rather full 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 Charri re 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 Charri re could almost get philisophical at times, I personally couldn t get myself to like him at all and the plot was repetitive Charri re seemed rather full of himself and the moment he entered prison, he immediately got in contact with potential later break companions and planned out in his head who he would have to kill to get his revenge From there, everyone who disagreed with him in some way was evil and the rest of the world always seemed eager to help him escape Too black and white for my taste You might very well enjoy this book as a work of fiction, but it was just not for me


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