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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 notorioHenri 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 Papillon. His flight to freedom remains one of the most incredible feats of human cunning, will, and endurance ever undertaken.Charrière's astonishing autobiography, Papillon, was published in France to instant acclaim in 1968, more 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....

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Papillon Reviews

  • Anita
    2018-11-21 21:02

    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!!!

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2018-10-25 20:42

    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 he freely admitted to having committed various other petty crimes prior to his incarceration. ...تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 1977 میلادیعنوان: پاپیون؛ اثر: هانری شایرر؛ مترجم: پرویز نقیبی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، امیرکبیر، 1349، در 537 صعنوان: پاپیون؛ اثر: هانری شایرر؛ مترجم: ه‍وش‍ن‍گ‌ ح‍اف‍ظی‌پ‍ور؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، دنیای کتاب، 1368، در 606 صهآنری شاریر نویسنده قرن بیستم میلادی و اهل فرانسه هستند. ایشان که به اتهام قتل توسط دادگاه فرانسه محکوم شده بودند، مهمترین حوادث پیرامون این ماجرا را در کتابی با عنوان پاپیون به رشتهٔ تحریر درمیآورند. این کتاب بسیار موفق بود. ایان ادعا داشتند که بیشتر رخدادهای تحریر شده در پاپیون تا حد زیادی درست و واقعیت هستند، اما منتقدان مدرن بر این باورند که بسیاری از مواد کتاب در واقع خاطرات نقل‌ شدهٔ دیگر زندانیان همراه «شاریر» بوده است. ا. شربیانی

  • Andrew Smith
    2018-11-14 19:47

    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.

  • Diane
    2018-11-01 15:04

    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.

  • StevenGodin
    2018-11-18 15:05

    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 him more resilient; 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

  • Bettie☯
    2018-10-21 15:41 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 Papillon. His flight to freedom remains one of the most incredible feats of human cunning, will, and endurance ever undertaken.Charrière's astonishing autobiography, "Papillon," was published in France to instant acclaim in 1968, more 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 Île Royale - French Guiana the island

  • Andrei Tamaş
    2018-11-11 17:36

    "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 fost condamnat la închisoare pe nedrept, deoarece nu a săvârșit niciun delict (dar -repet- este AUTOBIOGRAFIE). Ajuns în închisoare, primul lucru care-i încolțește în minte este evadarea. Toate inchisoarile de maximă siguranță fiind, se înțelege că planurile sale -deși absolut geniale- întâmpină greutăți și dau greș. Dacă reușește să evadeze din spitalul unei închisori (prefăcându-se că era bolnav), este înhățat în timp ce își construiește luntrea de evadare, în cimitir. Apar, de asemenea, diferite personaje de diferite nații cu diferite caractere și diferite stiluri de viață. Unul din miile de detalii ar fi acela conform căruia deținuții care primeau bani din exterior erau nevoiți să uzeze de diferite mijloace pentru a-i pune în siguranță. Papillon al nostru (da -uitasem să menționez- Papillon este porecla autorului) folosește o metodă destul de des întâlnită în a două jumătate a secolului XX: pune banii într-un tub de dimensiuni mici și și-l bagă în anus (deci nu mai are dimensiuni mici, ci considerabile :D). Cred că elaborează vreo 15-20 de planuri de evadare, fiind transferat -din pricina eșuării lor- la diferite închisori mai aspre. A fost și la Recluziune (un fel de carceră a timpurilor moderne, numai că muuuuuuuuuult mai aspră) unde Papillon al nostru a stat în două rânduri (când spun că a stat, vorbesc în ani :) ). Replici de genul "mă simt stânjenit să vorbesc despre asta..." în mijlocul confesiunii sale lăuntrice denotă faptul că, dacă a ascuns anumite detalii, nu le-a ascuns pe toate. Ba chiar, în tot eroismul său descris în roman, introduce pe alocuri fapte mai puțin "onorabile". Dar uite că îi reușește un plan de evadare... Ajunge în Venezuela unde este primit cu căldură (având în vedere relațiile politice din contextul respectiv și ostilitatea dintre marile imperii). Cunoscând și Franța, coloniile franceze, dar și Venezuela (un popor sărac din punct de vedere material, dar bogat cu duhul), Henri Charriere ne povestește cum -prin prisma lui- popoarele așa-zis civilizate sunt net inferioare rudimentarismului: "Acești pescari aproape analfabeți din gloful Paria, la capătul lumii, pierduți în acel imens estuar al Orenocului, au un umanism filosofic care lipsește multora dintre compatrioții noștri. Prea mult progres mecanic, o viață agitată, o societate însuflețită de un singur ideal: noi invenții, o viață tot mai lesnicioasă și mai îndestulată. Tot savurând descoperirile științifice așa cum lingi un șerbet, devii însetat de un confort tot mai desăvârșit și lupți fără încetare să-l obții. Toate acestea ucid sufletul, mila, înțelegerea, mărinimia."Andrei Tamaş,28 august 2015

  • Aaron Arnold
    2018-11-06 19:37

    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 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 Charrière 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 often more willing 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!

  • Elizabeth
    2018-10-31 19:58

    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 amazing courage. The book has it all, sex (for a while Papillion has two Indian wives who are sisters), drugs and a little metaphorical rock and roll. I can't recommend it enough. Charriere wrote his autobiography in 1968, twenty years after he escaped.

  • Layla ✷ Praise the sun ✷
    2018-11-05 13:40

    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 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.

  • KamRun
    2018-11-15 20:59

    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 وجود سن کم آنقدر مفتون داستان فیلم، بازی استیو مک‌کوئین و موسیقی متن شدم که هرچند سال یکبار دوباره به تماشای فیلم نشستم، تا این اواخر، که فرصت مطالعه کتاب پیش اومد. اول شک داشتم که کتاب رو بخونم یا نه و آیا حرف جدیدی بجز چیزهایی که در فیلم دیدم داره یا نه. اما کتاب رو خوندم و حسابی هم ازش لذت بردم. برای من جای تعجب داره کسی از هم‌سن و سال‌های خودم این فیلم رو ندیده باشه. در مجموع اگر کسی فیلم رو هنوز بعد از این‌همه سال ندیده (محصول 1973، 45 سال پیش)، دیدنیش رو بذاره در اولویتدرباره‌ی کتاب - حاوی اسپویلرشخصیت اصلی داستان کسی نیست جز هنری شاریر، نویسنده‌ی کتاب. او در واقع خود را در بطن داستان قرار داده است و کتاب یک اتوبیوگرافی ساختگی‌ست. داستان کتاب از آخرین جلسه‌ی دادرسی هنری، متهم به قتل عمد آغاز می‌شود. هنری در دادگاه فرمایشی و با شهادت ساختگی به حبس ابد به همراه اعمال شاقه محکوم می‌شود. اما او انسانی نیست که به این سادگی در جاده‌ی تباهی گام بردارد. او خواهان آزادی است و تا به آخرین نفس هم برای بدست آوردن آن تلاش می‌کند. در طول داستان و ماجراهای گوناگونی که پاپیون در طی فرارهای 9گانه‌اش پشت سرمی‌گذارد، با کاراکترهای گوناگونی که به قول نویسنده مرد فرار هستند روبرو می‌شویم، اما پاپیون از دو جهت با همگی آن‌ها متفاوت است: اول آنکه او هیچ گناهی مرتکب نشده است، مگر ناچیز شمردن فرصت آزاد زیستن. ماجرای قتل و شهادت دادگاه تماما ساختگی بوده. دوم اینکه او به معنای تمام خواهان آزادی است. او آزادی را در هر دو جنبه‌اش می‌خواهد. آزادی سلبی و آزادی ایجابی. او نه تنها می‌خواهد از زندان اعمال شاقه مستعمرات آزاد شود، بلکه می‌داند هدف این آزادی چه خواهد بود: زیستن و شرافتمندانه زیستن. شاید دلیل آنکه او هرگز تسلیم نمی‌شود و شرافت خود را با قتل و غارت بی‌دلیل، در مواقعی که فرصتش را دارد تباه نمی‌کند. در واقع او نه قاضی و هئیت منصفه نتوانستند او را تباه کنند. جاده‌ی تباهی بعد از سیزده سال سال هیچ اثری روی او نگذاشت، زیرا پاپیون به این جاده تعلق نداشت و در نهایت هم به چیزی که لیاقتش را داشت رسیدپاپیون طی آخرین فرار می‌دانست که این فرار - موفق یا ناموفق - آخرین فرار او خواهد بود. یا موفق شده و به آزادی می‌رسد و یا دستگیر می‌شود و با گیوتین اعدامش می‌کنند. او بر خلاف دیگر زندانیان در دوراهی زندگی با خفت یا آزادی با هر قیمت دست به انتخاب زد و خواهان بدست آوردن آزادی شد، حتی به قیمت جانش. حتی اگر کوسه‌ها او را زنده زنده در آب بدرند باز هم ارزشش را داشته، او با دست آزاد و در راه آزادی مرده. یک مرگ شرافتمندانهپاپیون به همراه دوست زندانی‌اش سیلون برای آخرین بار تن به آب می‌زند. سیلون در چند قدمی آزادی در باتلاق غرق می‌شود و پاپیون آزادی‌اش را بدست می‌آورد و چنین سرانجامی چقدر شبیه پایان فیلم/کتاب پرواز بر فراز آشیانه‌ی فاخته بود و سرانجام مک مورفی و مرد سرخپوست : یکی پرید رو به خاوران ، یکی پرید رو به باختر، یکی به روی آشیون فاخته کشید پرنکته‌ی دیگری که در داستان چشم‌نواز بود، به تصویر کشیدن این موضوع است که "هیچ انسانی برای همیشه از دست نمی‌رود و انسان می‌تواند فارغ از گذشته‌اش، دست به ساختن دنیایی جدید زند". زندگی شرافتمندانه‌ی دوستانِ هم‌بند پاپیون که در گذشته تبهکارانی خونریز بوده‌اند پس از آزادی در ونزوئلا تجسم این مضمون داستان است؛ هرچند این مضمون بیش از حد آرمانی و شعارگونه به نظر می‌رسددر مجموع، داستان کتاب را بی‌اندازه دوست داشتم، بجز حال و هوای نوستالژیکی که برایم به ارمغان داشت، دلگرم کننده بود و رهایی بخش، بخصوص آنکه کتاب را در شرایط آزاردهنده‌ای خواندم و چقدر هم این خواندن، این همراه شدن با پاپیون در میان جنگل‌ها و رودخانه‌ها و دریاها، در میان قبیله‌ی بومیان، در زندان ونزوئلا شیرین بود. پاپیون در نهایت آزاد شد، من اما در کجای این راه وانهاده شدم؟با من بگوچگونهشط غنای مضطربم را سالم عبور دهمتا توبا ازدحام این‌همه شن‌زار و شوره‌زار، ای دریاپی‌نوشت: مقایسه‌ای میان فیلم‌نامه و داستان اصلی(view spoiler)[کلیت داستان اصلی و فیلم‌نامه یک چیز است، اما در جزئیات تفاوت‌های زیادی به چشم می‌خورد. نخست آنکه فیلم حذفیات بسیاری دارد، مثلا ماجرای جزیره‌ی جذامی‌ها در نسخه‌ی اصلاح شده‌ی فیلم موجود نیست و یا سرانجام دگا. در داستان دگا در هیچ فراری همراه پاپیون نشد و به همین دلیل قرار بود به زودی بخاطر حسن رفتار مشمول عفو شده و آزاد گردد. در صورتی که در فیلم دگا با پاپیون همراه شده و به همین جهت محکومیت چند ساله‌اش تبدیل به حبس ابد در جزیره‌ی شیطان می‌شود. اما اصلی‌ترین مغایرت فیلم و داستان در بخش پایانی کتاب است. فیلم با فرار پاپیون از جزیره به پایان می‌رسد، در حالی که داستان اصلی پس از این حدود 100 صفحه دیگر ادامه پیدا می‌کند. ماجرای پاپیون در اردوگاه چینی‌ها، فرار به گویان انگلیس و از آنجا به ونزوئلا و الخ جزو حذفیات پایانی فیلم است (hide spoiler)]

  • Nidhi
    2018-10-23 12:43

    Its my favorite book till date. One word for it - WOW..Its 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 kid..I must be very young then maybe class 5 or younger..and 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 description is just too good to miss and the book too good to be put down. I also like it because I am great fan of escape stories, prison accounts, prisoner of war and other war stories.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-14 12:58

    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 translator's introduction last night and I'm looking forward to reading a big chunk of it tonight. To be continued...19/6 - I don't recommend reading this book if you have a strong sense of injustice, you may get the near-uncontrollable need to stab something. I like to midnight-snack while I do my nightly reading and in a number of places over the last hundred pages I found myself rage-eating my chips - just shovelling them in, too angry with the injustice of Henri's situation to enjoy them. Usually I eat them slowly, one or two per page, savouring them so that I don't accidentally eat a whole bag in one night, something which I could easily have done while reading this book last night. To be continued...Later - I'm a bit disappointed with Charrière's description of his encounter with the lepers. He talks about a man who hands him a cup of coffee and then exclaims "Oh, where's my finger gone?". Henri finds it stuck to the outside of his cup and hands it back to him. According to Wikipedia this sequence is impossible, leprosy, despite all the old wives' tales, does not lead to body parts falling off here, there and everywhere. This next passage is taken straight from Wikipedia's page on leprosy"Initially, infections are without symptoms and typically remain this way for 5 to as long as 20 years. Symptoms that develop include granulomas (loosely described as 'a small nodule') of the nerves, respiratory tract, skin, and eyes. This may result in a lack of ability to feel pain and thus loss of parts of extremities due to repeated injuries. Weakness and poor eyesight may also be present.To reiterate, the loss of body parts happens because of repeated injuries to these body parts, which have become numbed due to granulomas of the nerves. There is no "Oh, my finger just fell off.", it's more like "Oops, I just accidentally chopped my finger off while chopping the carrots, but due to the granulomas it doesn't actually hurt." Below is a second passage taken straight from Wikipedia rephrasing what I've just written, only coming from a more official source."Leprosy is primarily a granulomatous disease of the peripheral nerves and mucosa of the upper respiratory tract; skin lesions (light or dark patches) are the primary external sign. If untreated, leprosy can progress and cause permanent damage to the skin, nerves, limbs, and eyes. Contrary to folklore, leprosy does not cause body parts to fall off, although they can become numb or diseased as a result of secondary infections; these occur as a result of the body's defences being compromised by the primary disease. Secondary infections, in turn, can result in tissue loss causing fingers and toes to become shortened and deformed, as cartilage is absorbed into the body."So, therefore that part of the scene must be a figment of Charrière's imagination as that man's finger cannot have just come off without some kind of trauma happening to it first. Silly little exaggerations (possibly playing to the public's horrified fascination with the disease and the people who suffer from it) like that could lead to a reader doubting half of what Charrière has written in this book (some of it is pretty fantastical). I don't like feeling that what Charrière has written isn't completely true. I want it all to be true, not because I want anyone to have been through what Charrière went through (and I'm only 21% of the way through), but because I want to know that it's not all made up. That his main motive for writing this tale of injustice wasn't to make a pile of cash, but to let the world know of what he went through. To be continued...20/6 - Why oh why, Henri, did you leave those lovely Goajira 'Indians'? You had everything you needed, not one but two loving wives both pregnant with your child (not a comment on the fact that one of the wives was not much more than 12, or that the two girls were sisters, just a comment on what he had and what he left behind); you had a community who accepted and revered you. You had an idyllic island paradise life, what more could you want? Deciding not to go back for revenge doesn't make you weak, it just means you've found something more important, something worth living for, which you didn't have when you first visualised getting your revenge on all the people who were involved in your imprisonment. Now look what's happened, you've been recaptured and as you pointed out that mistake will cost you seven years of your life. Imagine how your life could have gone if you had just stayed with Lali and Zoraima. To be continued...24/6 - This is such a dense book! There are so many words per page, with so few paragraphs that it's really slowing down my normal reading speed. Normally, when I'm enjoying a book as much as I'm enjoying this one I look down and am amazed to have read 50 pages in half an hour, with this book I look down and find I've only read 10 pages. Like I said, I'm enjoying the story, but I don't want to be reading it for the rest of my life, I do have other books that I want to get to that I may well enjoy even more than this (plus library due dates are looming). To be continued...25/6 - Deceptions and misleading blurbs are the name of the day today. First it turns out that GR has been fudging the page count, it's not 688 as I was originally led to believe it's 560 followed by numerous pages of 'extras' including an 'exclusive essay by Howard Marks'. I think I'm pleased that I've only got 120 pages to go instead of 240 as I'm feeling the pressure from my other books' library due dates and this really is taking a long while to read.The blurb on the back of my book reads as follows:"Condemned for a murder he did not commit, Henri Charrière, known as Papillon, was sent to the penal colony of French Guiana. Forty-two days after his arrival he made his first break, travelling a thousand gruelling miles in an open boat. Recaptured, his spirit remained untamed - in thirteen years he made nine amazingly daring escapes, including one from the notorious Devil's Island.An immediate sensation upon its 1969 publication, Papillon is one of the greatest adventure stories ever told, a true tale of courage, resilience and an unbreakable will.""...Nine amazingly daring escapes..." That is a very misleading statement. From what the blurb says I was expecting Papillon to escape (by which I mean, and thought everyone else meant, leave his jail/cage/penal colony for at least 24 hours before being recaptured) on nine different occasions. What the blurb really means is that he attempts to escape nine times, he only succeeds twice, the first attempt when he managed to stay out for 11 months and the final, which I'm currently in the middle of. To be continued...26/6 - Finally finished it! *relieved sigh* I've currently got this shelved as an autobiography/biography, but I hesitate to leave it there. Modern researchers don't believe Charrière's continual claims of complete honesty regarding his book. They now say that it's very likely the book is a combination of other inmate's adventures and Charrière's imagination. According to all available records Charrière never spent any time on Devil's Island, and like with the leprosy situation I described above he got a number of pertinent details regarding the geography of Devil's Island wrong (he describes the shore of the island as rocky, when in fact it is a gently sloping sand beach, it's not like that's something that he could 'forget'). A French journalist maintains that only "10% of Papillon represents the truth".Learning that a book like this is pretty much just a well-imagined adventure story in the vein of Robinson Crusoe or Treasure Island takes a bit of the shine off story. It's no longer as fantastically amazing because it's not real. I went into the reading of this book believing that it was a true story and I am certainly disappointed to come to the conclusion that there's very little truth to be found anywhere in the book. After reading all that back to check for errors before posting I realise that I can't leave it on the autobiography/biography shelf, I know it's not one so it doesn't belong next to my biographies of Katherine Parr or Jamie Oliver. It's moving to the historical fiction shelf.

  • Robert
    2018-10-22 20:47

    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 are perfectly good stories that would go down a lot smoother were they not presented as fact.I would like to re-read this book soon knowing what I know now, and just accept the story as a communal history of the penal colony prisoners, with Papi as the proxy for several inmates' experiences.

  • Kevin
    2018-11-01 13:45

    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 towards him which aids in his attempts for a ‘Cavale’So fascinating is the narration of his experience in the island of Indian Hindus, where he finds an interesting life with two ‘wives’- sisters, who compete with each other to get pregnant, which they succeed in the end. But we see Papillon making his ‘Cavale’ from there, bidding goodbye to the island, that gets him another term of imprisonment and torture before he is released and made free in Venezuela after many years. Happy reading.

  • سمية عبد العزيز
    2018-10-24 14:41

    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 لبعضهم بعض جعلته يتمنى هذه الأمنية فليس المهم في أي جانب أنتليس المهم أن تكون الأفضل بنظر المجتمع والحكومة بل المهم ما تحمله من روح داخلكهل هي حقاً روح إنسان!! يشفق على أخيه الإنسان ويهتم به ويرعاهأم روح حقودة تتمنى الشر للآخر وتقصيه من الحياة لأجل هفوة واحدة أو مال أو منفعة شخصيةملحمة بابليونهي قصة حقيقية حدثت لمؤلفها مع بعض الرتوش الخياليةبابليون هو اسم رمزي كان يدعى به المؤلف "هنري" نسبة إلى فراشة كانت موشومة على صدره، هذا إن عرفنا أن بابليون تعني بالفرنسية "فراشة"هذه الرواية أو الأوتوغرافيا يجب أن تقرأعظيمة جداًوالترجمة لا مثيل لها

  • Hesamul Haque
    2018-11-17 20:37

    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 will always remember him when I feel down as how he never gave up. A great read!

  • Wayne Barrett
    2018-10-28 15:57

    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 prisons, several times, but his telling felt like someone exaggerating the facts and bragging about their exploits. What I got out of this; yes, the conditions in this prison system were horrible, inhuman, but that doesn't excuse the fact that Papillon was a criminal and a murderer. Just because he managed multiple escapes, many by committing murder, does not make him a figure to be admired.

  • mai ahmd
    2018-11-17 17:00

    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 بالإنتقام ممن كانوا سببا في وقوعه في هذه المحنة القاسية التي حرمته من عائلته وهو في مقتبل العمر , يقوم بابي بتسعة محاولات للهروب من سجانه تعرض بعد كل منها لعقاب لايمكن أن يوصف , كل الأهوال التي عاشها بابي ومنها فقده للأصدقاء إما بالموت تحت التعذيب أو في محاولات الهروب اليائسة لم تفقده الشجاعة ولا الرغبة الجامحة في أن يعود إلى المجتمع ويتعامل معه كإنسان بعد أن سلك طريق العالم السفلي في باريس حيث عاش حياةالبؤس والمعاملة اللا إنسانية هذه بالفعل نموذج للرواية التي تخطف الأنفاس , قرأتها بشغف ومحبة لهذه الشخصية التي أسرتني بقوة الإرادة والقوة والرجولة والكفاح سيرة حياة و تجربة إنسانية تستحق القراءة وكتبت بأسلوب أدبي رفيع : )لقد شحنني بكمية لا يستهان بها من قوة الإرادة

  • M.
    2018-11-12 13:46

    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 insanların küçük çıkar çatışmaları ve hesaplaşmaları da okunabilir.Okumamın üzerinden geçen sekiz yıla rağmen bende hala güzel bir yeri olan, nadide bir kitap.

  • Amina
    2018-11-21 14:53

    Trois étoiles et demi.PS: 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 1930, papillon est arrêté pour un crime qu’il n’a pas commis, c’est le début de l’aventure.Papillon entame sa première cavale quarante-deux jours après son arrivée en Guyane Française, il fera plus de deux-milles cinq-cents kilomètres jusqu’en Colombie et vivra en paix un certain temps entre les indiens de Guajira. Consumé par sa vengeance, il quitte son havre de paix en route vers le Honduras Britannique, pays où les évadés bagnards ne sont pas extradés vers la France. Mais son plan échoue, et papillon encore une fois se retrouve au bagne, là, il sera envoyé aux Iles du Salut, où il sera condamné à la réclusion à l’ile de Saint-Joseph. Sa bonne conduite ainsi qu’un geste héroïque lui valent le retour à Royale. Ne pouvant pas s’échapper, il demande à être envoyé sur l’ile du diable qui sera le point de départ de sa dernière cavale.Au fur at à mesure des cavales, on visite plein de paysages, faisant la connaissance de plein de gens qui, parfois, son tellement bons, qu’on se demande si papillon n’est pas en train de nous mener en bateau. Il est vrai qu’il en a vu papillon, mais le truc qui m’a le plus dérangé, c’est le surplus d’héroïsme, papillon est le plus habile, le plus intelligent, le plus rusé, certes, avec une volonté et une détermination pareille, on devient inventifs et on est prêt à parer tous les coups mais sans beaucoup trop exagérer quand même.Les points qui m’ont le plus frappé sont l’indifférence des autorités françaises ou internationales à la souffrance des inculpés, la façon inhumaine de les traiter, isolement, réclusion, cachots, mais surtout la persévérance et la pertinence de certains prisonniers à quitter ces conditions ainsi que leurs misères et à regagner coûte que coûte leur liberté. Ce fut une longue lecture, certains chapitres étaient si captivants, que je veillais sans problème, mais d’autres étaient si longs et dépourvus d’actions, que j’avais envie d’abandonner à chaque fois.L’histoire est géniale, on est à fond avec les prisonniers mal traités, on commence même à haïr certains administrateurs et à aimer d’autres, on s’impatiente lorsque les préparations des cavales traînent et on prie dieu pour que la suivante soit la bonne.

  • aljouharah altheeyb
    2018-11-20 12:54

    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 سجناً” . في البداية لم أفهم الأمر، كيف لمجرم أثبت القانون إجرامه أن يسهب في وصف الحياة الشريفة ويصر وبشكل عجيب على تطبيق العدل وإحقاق الحق؟! كيف لرجل وضع تحت اسمه عبارة “ خطر جداً” أن يتحدث وبحماسة شديدة عن الشرف وكلمة الرجال وإسداء الجميل؟ هنري أنت مجرم، الشرطة اكتشفت ذلك والقانون صدقه، لقد نبذك المجتمع، نبذتك دولتك، بل ونبذتك الحضارة بأسرها! لكن لا، هذه ليست الحقيقة المطلقة، فلا شرطة ولا هيئة محلفين تستطيع أن تختبر المعدن الحقيقي للرجال، سواء كانوا مذنبين أم لا.. الرواية تحكي قصة حقيقية، قصة أغرب من الخيال نفسه، قصة تجرد وحشية بعض البشر وتضعها تحت مسائلة العامةالذين لم يكونوا يعرفوا بوجودها من قبل، أو تغاضوا عنها طويلاً.مشكلتي هُنا أني لا أعرف ماذا أقول! أأحكي قصص الهروب التسعة التي نجح ثلاث منها فقط؟ أأحكي قوة صبر وجلد بابي في تحمل كُل هذه الإنكسارات واحداً بعد الآخر لإيمانه الصلب بسمو روحه البشرية وتساويها مع غيرها من البشر؟أم أتكلم عن الرسالة الموضحة بتكرار واضح وصريح وباين للعنان، بأن العنصرية التي سلطناها سيفاً مصوباً على رقابنا ليست إلا نذير موت نبشر أنفسنا به رعباً ؟“”ماذا تعني الحضارة أيها المدير؟ هل تعتقد لأننا نملك مصاعد كهربائية وطيارات وقطارات تحت الأرض، هل في هذا برهان على أن الفرنسيين هم أكثر حضارة من أناس استقبلونا وبذلوا لنا العناية؟ في رأيي المتواضع أن الحضارة الإنسانية هي بمقدار السمو الروحي وفهم كل مخلوق في هذا المجتمع الذي يعيش في سذاجة في هذه الطبيعة ولو لم يستكمل - وهذه حقيقة- أسباب الحضارة الصناعية وحسناتها، فإذا لم تتوفر لهم منجزات التقدم لم يحرموا من عاطفة محبة الله المسيحية التي هي أسمى من كل ادعاءات الحضارات في العالم. فأنا أفضل أن أكون أمياً في هذه الضيعة على المجاز في الأداب من السوربون في باريس الذي تقمص يوماً ما روح المدعي العام وحكم علي. فالأول هو دوماً الإنسان، والآخر نسي أنه إنسان. “”ملاحظة جانبية: لطالما شق علي التحدث عن الكتب التي تعجبني جداً وتجعلني مبهورة، هذه الرواية ليست قصة حقيقية فحسب، إنها ملحمة بطلها شخص واحد وثقته المطلقة بإنسانيته السامية القابلة للإصلاح والتعديل.

  • Randy
    2018-10-29 20:57

    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 about...jeans?). 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 Client, I even managed not to "put down" The Horse Whisperer (Get it? "Horse"..."put down"...? OK, I apologize for that one). It was over 10 years ago that I last gave up on a book, and I think it was Evan S Connell's Son of the Morning Star which was actually very well researched but just so disorganized that I couldn't get through it. And now I have to dump Papillon by Henri Charriere, a grand exaggeration (according to online accounts including wikipedia) of a wildly egotistical, "wrongly convicted" French guy who escapes prison several times using money that he has hidden from guards (think: Christopher Walken in Pulp Fiction, although I realize that Papillon came first), in order to one day write a meandering memoir full of his bafflingly bloated tall tales which would be made into a movie starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. I understand that, as the story proceeds, Papillon finds ways to celebrate life as he endures various miseries. After suffering through about 100 pages I suddenly realized: I AM PAPILLON, and I am imprisoned in this book, and I need to escape! So there it goes, into the DNF pile, along with Shackelton's South, and Scottoline's Moment of Truth and Crichton's Electronic Life. I leave you with these words of wisdom: "It's as easy as that to drop the chains you've been dragging...'From this moment on you're free.'" - Papillon.

  • Özgür
    2018-11-04 19:00

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

  • Marcio Tomazela
    2018-11-07 18:38

    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 scene...His passion for life made he survive to a unfair punishment and escape from many prisons, making friends and partners wherever he goes.I have no more words to describle this book, I just want ask you all for read this. I bet you wont regret.

  • Jessica
    2018-10-21 15:37

    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."

  •  Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
    2018-11-07 18:53

    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 she did not go alone & I was basically occupied for the hours.... hmmmmm that is a really good theory.... :O

  • Raghda Elwakil
    2018-11-03 19:54

    "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 العفن..!!شدتني لابعد حد.. كل صفحة مليئة بالاحداث المستحيلة.. ^^صراحة ماتوقعت ان هالرواية حقيقية.. ˘-˘

  • Neeleisch G
    2018-11-12 20:01

    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 butterfly. He got arrest for the crime of murder which he did not committed and sent to the jail.The story of Papillon is the gripping tale of his survival through the inhuman conditions for life in the prisons, his collaborations with the other jail inmates, his plans for escapes, his travels through seas to reach the new shores by hiding with the coast guards, his relations with the leprosy affected prisoners and with the Indian tribes.All the happenings with the Papillon left you stunned, dumb founded and awestruck. The story revolves around one motive only : an escape.Awesomely written, extremely well narrated the Papillon make you to fall in Love of him. Strongly recommendable to every book lover to read at least once, not only for an interests but to know how a Memoir and a Non Fiction should be.Cheers !! ..

  • Ruth
    2018-11-15 13:52

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