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Best book I've ever read!,
This review is from: Papillon (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) (Paperback)
A few years ago this book was passed to me by a friend who said it was the best book he'd ever read. And so it turned out to be my absolute favourite book of all time too. I've owned about 4 different copies now because I keep giving them away to people who then go on to claim this is also the best book they've ever read!
TRUTH OR FICTION???
After speaking in length to someone who once did a Papillion "tour" in the 1980s of all the hotspots in the book, and who spoke to locals that knew Henri Charriere back in that time, the verdict on the book's authenticity seems to be thus: All of the events in Papillion DID happen... BUT... They didn't all necessarily happen to Henri himself. It appears the scenes are an amalgamation of experiences that not only happened to him but to some of the other prisoners he knew during all those years of incarceration. So your reading enjoyment need not be totally spoiled by questioning whether the content is bogus. Just bare in mind Henri may have claimed other people's hardships as his own in order to write this most engaging adventure!
(P.S. If you love this then I'd thoroughly recommend BANCO, the sequel by the same author)