A classic memoir of prison breaks and adventure GÇô a bestselling phenomenon of the 1960s Condemned for a murder he had not committed, Henri Charri+¿re (nicknamed 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, he went into solitary confinement and was sent eventually to Devil's Island, a hell-hole of disease and brutality. No one had ever escaped from this notorious prison GÇô no one until Papillon took to the shark-infested sea supported only by a makeshift coconut-sack raft. In thirteen years he made nine daring escapes, living through many fantastic adventures while on the run GÇô including a sojourn with South American Indians whose women Papillon found welcomely free of European restraintsGÇªPapillon is filled with tension, adventure and high excitement. It is also one of the most vivid stories of human endurance ever written.Henri Charri+¿re died in 1973 at the age of 66.
Harper Perennial Modern Classics
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