This is the second time I picked up this book, and this time I finished it. It's a good, gripping read...but it wasn't a "page turner" throughout. Sometimes I was bored. I saw the movie remake not long ago, and it was very well done. I wouldn't have read the book if it wasn't for the movie. I prefer the movie to the book. I recommend this book all the same: it's intriguing.
Great book, 1000x better than the movie. However I do agree with historians, perhaps many excerpts were fictionalized rather than pure fact.; regardless a good read
About two-thirds of the way through this page-turning memoir, the author reveals that he 'worked' as a safecracker and was familiar with the prominent criminals in the larger cities of France in the late 1920s - so 'Papillon' wasn't as innocent as he claims. This memoir is a gripping tale of endurance, creativity, and interpersonal relationships. The use of solitary confinement and its adverse effects on the prisoners echoes the contemporary debate over the use of "administrative segregation". Is this story entirely true, did 'Papillon' exaggerate, or simply forget details after 30 years?
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