A first-class adventure story. --New York Review of Books"
A modern classic of courage and excitement. --Janet Flanner (G?net), The New Yorker"
[Papillon] is the ultimate hero defying the ultimate system of oppression and succeeding by dint of will, optimism...[and] a sense of honor given only to West Point graduates and Paris thieves. --New York Times"
The greatest adventure story of all time. --Auguste Le Breton"
From the Back Cover
Condemned for a murder he had not committed, Henri Charriere (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 suffered a 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 – 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 – including a sojourn with South American Indians whose women Papillon found welcomely free of European restraints…
'Papillon' is filled with tension, adventure and high excitement. It is also one of the most vivid stories of human endurance ever written.
Henri Charriere died in 1973 at the age of 66.