Chapters: 13; s/m/L
Genre: Autobiographical novel/Adventure
“A modern classic of courage and excitement – The New Yorker
Description: In 1931, Henri “Papillon” Charrière was convicted for a murder although he was innocent. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana. With the help of others he befriended along the way he was able to escape prison on multiple accounts until he was sent to the high security prison of Devil’s Island. No one had ever escaped from Devil’s Island until Papillon. This amazing autobiography shows the lengths one man goes to, to achieve the freedom he deserves.
“That night in our cell no one spoke. We were all thinking that it was our last day on French soil. Each of us felt at least a little nostalgic about leaving France forever, for an unknown land and an unknown way of life.” (42)