Not-Just-Fiction Book Club: Papillon

Current Selection: Papillon by Henri Charriere.

Anyone is welcome to drop in to the book group at any time as the mood and book sway you. We have an eclectic group and we believe the more opinions the better. The books are chosen by consensus. Everyone is invited to make a suggestion or two and then the group votes. 

Meetings are the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm at Bear Pond Books.

Drop-ins are welcome!

The book club's picks are displayed in the store at a 15% discount.

About the Book


Henri Charrière, nicknamed "Papillon," for the butterfly tattoo on his chest, was convicted in Paris in 1931 of a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, he became obsessed with one goal: escape. After planning and executing a series of treacherous yet failed attempts over many years, he was eventually sent to the notorious prison, Devil's Island, a place from which no one had ever escaped . . . until Papillon. His flight to freedom remains one of the most incredible feats of human cunning, will, and endurance ever undertaken.

Charrière's astonishing autobiography, Papillon, was first published in France to instant acclaim in 1968, more than twenty years after his final escape. Since then, it has become a treasured classic--the gripping, shocking, ultimately uplifting odyssey of an innocent man who would not be defeated.

“A first-class adventure story.” — New York Review of Books

“A modern classic of courage and excitement.” —The New Yorker

Event date: 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

77 Main St
Montpelier, VT 05602
United States
Papillon Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9780061120664
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 1st, 2006