No other book has affected me as much as Papillon. I came across the story purely by chance. Initially I saw the video at a friends house. I remember being transfixed by this slow paced but transfixing film.
I then read the book. What a fantastic story and how beautifully and simply it is told. The authors voice comes alive on the first page. It is if you have found yourself sitting next to the most extraordinary man on a long train journey, listening to his amazing story of courage, adventure and quest for freedom. His voice and character come alive.
Henri Charriere is a hero. He is not a perfect man but he is as close as you can get. His thirst for life is unquenchable. I recomend this book to everyone.
>>By Josh (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
I wished I would have had the chance of meeting Henri Charriere one day. His story's impressing, breathtaking, moving, absolutely amazing. I love it, he's my hero.
>>By Jenny (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
I also was captured by the life of Henri. He lived but 60 years, several lifetimes for most, even being incarerated for those 13 years, he still had time to experiance life as a free spirit and tell some of it to us. A vagabound, maybe to some. He sured appeared larger than life to me, exciting,daring, and willing to face the odds.
>>By JW (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
No Tengo muchos leyando libros, pero sin embargo, este es uno de los que mas me ha cautivado, tanto por su fuerza, como por su constancia, de como un hombre lucha por alcanzar su libertad.
Se lo recomiendo a todos, desearia informacion de como obtener la pelicula
>>By Edwin Yagual (Ecuador) (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
I'd really want to se a photo/picture of Henri Charriere (Papillon).
Any help on this?
>>By neil (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
Papillon was an hero. Henri Charrière was not. Just an ordinary man convicted for murder. But he was the inventor of Papillon, a great but fictionnal hero. As such, if Charrière is not and does not look like Papillon, he deserves the quality of author.
>>By Philippe (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
terrific book, cant put it down, its not just papi, its the other great characters that he meets as well, this book has got everything, just the last chapter to go now(freedom). i will be looking for banco next. is there any written text on his court hearing?.
>>By a kearney (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
Henri is a man how get me to think on my life. He are a fantastisc writer and I just think papillon is one of the best books I have read. I not so good in english - as maybe you can see....
>>By Astrid from Norway (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
For A Kearney
Yes there is a book with all the details of the police investigations and the hearings after the murder of Legrand. The title is "Les quatre vérités de Papillon", wrote by Georges Ménager (Editor : La Table Ronde - Paris 1970) Easy to find but in french only.
>>By philippe (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
A timeless story written by a creative talented writer, this book is without doubt my all time favourite, I read it over again every couple of years, the movie could never do Justice to a perfect book, 100% readable.
>>By gary taylor (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
I just finished reading Papillon and I cannot stop thinking about everything...in a way it may have changed my perception of many things.
Papi is human as well as a hero of sorts, who inspires so much.
I do not know if the story is purely true , but I found myslef in a dreamlike land with Papi and the Goajira Indians.
If the story is true, i really wander if he ever went back to his promised home with them and meet his children..did it ever happen ?
>>By suhita (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
all you henri charriere's story lovers can find images, life's information, curiosity and more in the internet site: http://www.sinclairos.freeserve.co.uk/Papillon/PAPILLON.htm
see you soon!
>>By Pierpaulo (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
Le livre Papillon est un livre boulversant qui a sans doute changer ma vie par la verite, la souffrance, le courage vehicule tout au long du recit.
The book of henri Charriere totally change my life, all the pain he suffer his a reason to never complain about anything, now when i'm sad or depress, i think about him and i feel ridiculous. I enjoy the life and all the surprises which arrive.
El libro de henri Charriere es una obre maravillosa, espero que todo el mundo la ha leido porque no se puede pasar al lado de un libro tan poderoso tan sincero tan valoroso.
>>By lunademiel (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
Papillon a touché ma vie d'une manière incroyable.
merci Henri Charrière,
>>By raha (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
he leido el libro como unas 6 veces y cada vez me fascina mas, al punto que la manera en que esta redactado es tan realista que automaticamente es como si me trasladara a la escena que describe. Honestamente no me gusta mucho la lectura pero este libro me fascina. quisiera saber donde puedo encontrar la pelicula que me han dicho es tan buena como el libro, pero en mi pais no la encuentro, vivo en ecuador y me gustaria poder encontrarla gracias, si alguien sabe como conseguirla escribame a email@example.com
>>By tita (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
Wat een topper!!!!
>>By mike (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
Graag zou ik willen weten of de man nog leeft en de verhalen na het schrijven van zijn boeken.
>>By M.Vreugdenhil,Almere (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
I was in Prison on the Island with Henri, not many people called him Papi however they new him as Papi, but he tried to keep himself to himself we all did.......Life was hell and friendships were few, I remember when we were talking about escaping and it all seamed like just a dream, like it could never happen but just something to pass the time like a story. We would discuss revenge. Im glad he made it I just wish I had the courage to have gone with him.
>>By Archie (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
A great book written by such a great personality. I don't even doubt one second if he is a fraud! I believe the man en think he is a hero.He deserves world wide respect.Such a great man....
>>By denco (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
Papillion is my favorite book. I just love the simple way it is written very simillar to Hemingway.
To Neil who wants a picture. On the danish edition of the book there is a picture of Charriere on the back. try to search the title on some danish e-bookstores maybe there will be a picture.
I am by the way not too fund of the movie which I think neglects some of the more important pasages of the book.
>>By claw (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
I just found a picture of Papi, I can mail it to anyone who is interested my adress is firstname.lastname@example.org. The picture can also be seen on www.galleryofhistory.com
>>By claw (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
I have read Papillon over three times now, I hold so much respect for Henri and were he still alive do anything to meet him, In the dictionary his name should be the definition of tough
>>By Paul (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
I have recently finished reading Henri Charriere's Papillon and was inspired by every line. I'm doing a report on the novel and wondered if anyone had any suggestions for someone I could talk to who would know about the islands. I'm eager to learn more. Thanks
>>By gymgiant (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
Does any body know anything about Papillon's children he had with the Indians?
>>By Mike (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
DESDE EL PRIMER MOMENTO QUE LEI EL LIBRO, LAS DOS PRIMERAS PAG. NO PUDE MAS QUE NO DEJAR DE HACERLO. TAN SOLO ME FALTAN 100 PAGINAS.ME SURGIO UNA CURIOSIDAD POR SAVBER SOBREW SU VIDA ACTUAL, SI ESTA VIVO AUN, ES POR ESO QUE POR INTERNET TRATO DE AVERIGUAR TO ACERCA DE MI NUEVO Y PRIMER HEROE, Y REAL.REALMENTE LO ADMIRO.SOY PATRICIA OLIVERA
>>By PATO (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
DESDE EL PRIMER MOMENTO QUE LEI EL LIBRO, LAS DOS PRIMERAS PAG. NO PUDE MAS QUE NO DEJAR DE HACERLO. TAN SOLO ME FALTAN 100 PAGINAS.ME SURGIO UNA CURIOSIDAD POR SAVBER SOBREW SU VIDA ACTUAL, SI ESTA VIVO AUN, ES POR ESO QUE POR INTERNET TRATO DE AVERIGUAR TO ACERCA DE MI NUEVO Y PRIMER HEROE, Y REAL.REALMENTE LO ADMIRO.SOY PATRICIA .
>>By PATO (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
we all live in prisons of some sort and papi is all about breaking through them and his zest for life and freedom. It makes small things we worry about so much more ridiculous. All the chains, walls and brutality never broke his spirit so what do we have to complain about ?
>>By randiz (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
anyone who carries around a charger stuffed up their arse for that long, surely deserves some sort of medal.
>>By davebluez (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
by his own standards, a less than perfect person. Buit thru his writing an exmplary human being.
How this man survived the most appalling standards f human degredation and survived is beyond belief. How he finds beauty in the most soulless places on earth is a lifeline to the most deprecating of us all.
I fi ever feel down, i read the first few chapters of Papillion, THEN i feel lucky to be alive and AROUND the people i love.
>>By dude (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
I have a picture of an aged Charriere. You are even able to see the butterfly tattooed on his throat.
Picture is available via e-mail email@example.com
>>By anderskt (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 19:17)
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