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 notorio...more
Is there a scene where he is tied in a bag and devoured by ants - or similar?
A friend has just finished the book and read no mention of anything like this but another friend said the scene is burned into his mind.
I remember it, but it has been years since I read it. Maybe I'm remembering my friend's story not Charriere's?
Is there more than one edition? Is it in Banco?
Any answers greatly appreciated! (hide spoiler)]
This b ...more
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 ...more
It left a big impression on me. It was a big story. A ...more
Papillon (butterfly) claims his innocence but that does not matter. Beyond ...more
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 ...more
Description: 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 ...more
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 ...more
مگر من از وطنم چه میخواستم
غیر 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 بیکس
فیلم 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 ...more
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 amazin ...more
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 ...more
Papillon means butterfly and it symbolises the protagonists' desire to get free from the clutches of jail. The vivi ...more
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 to ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 wil ...more
أفضل أن أكون مجرماً على أن أكون سجّاناً
هكذا قال بابليون
الفتى الفرنسي الذي اُتهم زوراً بجريمة قتل أودعته السجن المؤبد
العدالة الفرنسية جعلته يتمنى هذه الأمنية
جحيث أغلب السجّانين مجرمون حقيقيون وأغلب المسجونين أبرياء أو متهمون بقضايا تافهة
معاصرته السجناء وإخلاصهم ووفائهم لبعضهم بعض جعلته يتمنى هذه الأمنية فليس المهم في أي جانب أنت
ليس المهم أن تكون الأفضل بنظر المجتمع والحكومة بل المهم ما تحمله من روح داخلك
هل هي حقاً روح إنسان!! يشفق على أخيه الإنسان ويهتم به ويرعاه
أم روح حقودة تتمنى الشر للآخر وتقص ...more
...The protagonist is thrown into jail (or a mental institution)... often on a drummed up charge. Fighting tooth and nail to survive incarceration with the spirit intact, hungering to escape and punish those who put them there to begin with.
OR the book starts right after the jail-break, and the protag wants ...more
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 ...more
I loved the film and enjoyed the book almost as much. I have read that there is a debate as to how much of the story is Charriere's own experiences but nevertheless it makes a great read.
Even though some of the adventures do take a lot of believing he obviously lived an extraordinary life and this book is well worth reading.
زمانی که به این حقیقت فکر میکنی که داستان هایی که داری میخونی عین واقعیته حس و حال خاصی داره.
وأشرف ما يسعى إليه هو ذلك
وأنجع الأسلحة في مبتغاه الإرادة، الصبر، الآمل
الكاتب الفرنسي هنري شاريير (شارلي هونام) (1906 - 1973)، الملقب بابيلون ("الفراشة"). أدانته المحاكم الفرنسية في جريمة قتل ظلمًا وحُكم عليه بالسجن مدى الحياة، فكتب مذكرات من سجنه والهروب من المستعمرة الجزائية الشهيرة في جزيرة غيانا الفرنسية بجنوب أمريكا، والتي يُطلق عليها جزيرة الشيطان.
هذه الرواية ”شبه سيرة ذاتية“ تتحدث عن أعظم قصة هروب حدثت في تا ...more
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