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Suha giljotina

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  167 ratings  ·  19 reviews
La storia vera di un condannato all'inferno della Guiana, le strabilianti vicissitudini della fuga.
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published 1940 by Tipografija d.d. Zagreb (first published 1938)
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Ray Pierson
May 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am almost certain that I met Belbenoit around 1950. I recall lying on his bed in his one room cabin (in Lucerne, California?), looking at the exposed rafters, while my parents listened to his stories of Devil's Island. Actually, Devil's Island is but one of three islands in the Ilses of Health group, and the majority of the prisoners served not on an island but on the mainland. In 1963 a motorcycle accident left me with lots of free time for reading, and I read his book. (Book or books? I have ...more
Raegan Butcher
The first book to be written by a man who escaped/survived the infamous French Penal Colony known as "Devil's Island." Wow.
Marc Weitz
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Dry Guillotine” is the nickname for the solitary confinement cells on St. Joseph Island, one of the Iles du Salut, of which Devil’s Island is a part. Devil’s Island is often confused and used to describe the whole of the French Penal Colony in French Guiana. Rene Belbenoit tells a remarkable story of imprisonment in the penal colony in the 1920’s and 1930’s. His intelligence and detailed notes distinguish his account from other books about the prisons, called bagnes, in French Guiana.

The story
Oct 24, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Prisoners, Guards
Shelves: history
The narrative is straight forward and at times a little dated, but by and large very descriptive and captivating. Expect no irony here, Shropshire Lads, these men escape and fail and try again. I haven't seen any popular culture on Devil's Island but I hear there's a Steve McQueen out there. The first twenty pages presents us with a young boy getting buggered and taken as a sweetheart and then getting killed. One of the few good books I've ever found at Kaldi's.
Deb Lander
Feb 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the unknown "Papillon". It is the first-hand accounting of a prisoner in French Guyana. I've read it twice and will most likely read it again. I read it first as a middle school student and later as an adult. Very interesting story and well-written.
Lee Scoresby
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful, honest view of the same subject matter as Charriere's Papillon.I give him extra marks for not claiming he didn't do it.
gives a good view of the conditions of the time/place. less of "a tale well told" than papillon.
Eshel Quezada
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While reading this novel I felt pity and compassion to Rene Belbenoit, an extreme life that he had been through. He had a ferocious chance of destiny. But he never give up his dream.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blown away that a 60 year old book filled with French phrases about life in penal colonies would be fire.
Karla Hernández Krugmann
Sin palabras.
Cualquier hombre que haya sobrevivido 15 años en el penal de Cayena y que haya sido capaz de forjarse la libertad a punta de esfuerzo y la gran motivación de querer vivir, merece todo mi respeto.
Tuviste unas agallas enormes, Belbenoit.

Repetiré una vez más que significa ser un libéré en la Guayana Francesa. Significa que uno ha cumplido su periodo de condena. Uno ha estado en las prisiones por la sentencia impuesta. Uno la estado prisionero tres, cinco o diez años en el Campamento
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Dry Guillotine provides an insight into the hellish prison system of French Guiana, where it's every man for himself. Belbenoit exposes many of the undercover workings and scandals surrounding the penal colony, but justice is rarely served, especially in this book.
It is an eye-opening experience to read about the conditions men have to endure here, and how they must adapt and try to survive: many don't. Belbenoit also doesn't fail to mention that many of the criminals incarcerated in the colony
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: knjižnica
The terrifying, shocking, and above all a true story of a man who survived the hell of the prison colony of French Guyana. This book is the definition of hope that never fades and disappears in spite of so many unsuccessful attempts to escape.
Inhuman conditions, the horrible fate of many prisoners, relationship between prisoners and guards and other people in the colony causes disbelief that something like this could exist at all.
This is true, but a lot crueler Shawshank.
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
C’est une bonne description du bagne de Cayenne et des conditions épouvantables dans lesquelles vivaient les forçats. La version française est probablement une traduction de ce qui a été publié aux USA. Mais le style est tellement plat et désuet que le livre en devient terriblement médiocre ; c’est un documentaire ennuyeux écrit par un journaliste sans talent. Le livre d’Henri Charrière était probablement moins proche de la réalité mais beaucoup plus plaisant à lire.
Debra Dannheisser
Loved this boook! What a story.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
the story is good, the bad rating is because of the terrible kindle conversion
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good read, amazing what this man endured all before the age of 38...
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Estremecedora historia del verdadero 'Papillon'. Constancia y voluntad para lograr escapar de la más terrible de las prisiones. Bien relatado y apasionante por su contenido. Muy recomedable.
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René Belbenoit was a French prisoner on Devil's Island who successfully escaped to the United States. He later wrote a book, Dry Guillotine, about his exploits.