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Papillon by Henri Charrière
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Nov 04, 2011

bookshelves: 2004, non-fiction
Read in January, 2000

A difficult book to read and I would have abandoned it had it not been the choice for the book club. I know that some people enjoyed it and some have even found it inspirational - I found it boring and tedious. And I dont care if Steve Mcqueen was in the movie, that didnt make me hate it any less.[return][return]In principal, it should be a great book: Man imprisoned for a crime he didnt commit, escapes from one penal colony, has a great time on an island pretending to be something he's not, gets captured again, incarcerated again, years of solitary confinment, the rations and abuse that prisoners get, to be let go as an old man, long after his original sentence has finised. [return] [return]Oh but such tedious writing! The boredom! Page after page of this drivel! Again I dont know whether this is down to the original writer or the translator (quite a few of the books I've had trouble finishing have been written in another language first).

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