Papillon by Henri Charrière

Papillon

Papillon a classic thriller

Papillon, was a bestseller when it was published in 1969 and who among us will not remember the Hollywood film of the same title which starred Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. Papillon, the French for butterfly, was a nickname that was given to Charrière and it also referred to his tattoo. It is a novel about the recollections of Henri Charrière and it describes his conviction, incarceration on and subsequent escape from a prison on Devil’s Island, which was a French penal colony off the coast of French Guiana.

The author, Charrière claimed that all of the events that he wrote of were true but this was later called into question. Though some of it clearly is true it is thought that some of the scenarios and adventures may have been distilled from the lives of his fellow inmates.

The book opens with Charrières conviction in France for murder of a pimp named Roland Le Petit and following a period in prison in Caen he was sent by ship to South America and onward to the notorious Devils Island. Papillon met a fellow inmate Louis Dega who had previously been a banker prior to conviction for counterfeiting. Papillon liked Dega and protected him from other inmates. The book spans a period of fourteen years of Papillon’s life up to 1945 and covers his hardships and various escape attempts.

Papillon a fascinating novel, particularly if it was all true, and gives a real insight into the brutalities of the time and the incredible tenacity and will power of Charrière. Well worth reading, even if you have seen the film which differs in part.

Papillon, ήταν μπεστ σέλερ όταν κυκλοφόρησε το 1969 και ποιος από εμάς δεν θα θυμάται την ομότιτλη ταινία του Χόλιγουντ που πρωταγωνιστούσε ο Στιβ ΜακΚουίν και ο Ντάστιν Χόφμαν. Το Papillon, το γαλλικό για πεταλούδα, ήταν ένα ψευδώνυμο που δόθηκε στον Charrière και αναφερόταν επίσης στο τατουάζ του. Είναι ένα μυθιστόρημα για τις αναμνήσεις του Henri Charrière και περιγράφει την καταδίκη του, τον εγκλεισμό του και τη μετέπειτα απόδρασή του από μια φυλακή στο Νησί του Διαβόλου, η οποία ήταν μια γαλλική ποινική αποικία στα ανοικτά της Γαλλικής Γουιάνας.

Ο συγγραφέας, Charrière ισχυρίστηκε ότι όλα τα γεγονότα για τα οποία έγραψε ήταν αληθινά, αλλά αυτό αργότερα τέθηκε υπό αμφισβήτηση. Αν και ορισμένα από αυτά είναι σαφώς αληθινά, πιστεύεται ότι ορισμένα σενάρια και περιπέτειες μπορεί να έχουν αποσταχθεί από τη ζωή των συγκρατούμενών του.

Το βιβλίο ξεκινά με την καταδίκη του Charrières στη Γαλλία για δολοφονία ενός μαστροπέα ονόματι Roland Le Petit και μετά από μια περίοδο φυλακής στο Caen, στάλθηκε με πλοίο στη Νότια Αμερική και στη συνέχεια στο περιβόητο Νησί των Διαβόλων. Ο Papillon συνάντησε έναν συγκρατούμενό του Louis Dega, ο οποίος είχε προηγουμένως ήταν τραπεζίτης πριν καταδικαστεί για παραχάραξη. Ο Papillon άρεσε στον Dega και τον προστάτεψε από άλλους κρατούμενους. Το βιβλίο καλύπτει μια περίοδο δεκατεσσάρων ετών από τη ζωή του Papillon έως το 1945 και καλύπτει τις δυσκολίες του και τις διάφορες απόπειρες απόδρασης.

Papillon μια συναρπαστική ιστορία, ειδικά αν ήταν όλα αληθινά, και δίνει μια πραγματική εικόνα για τις θηριωδίες της εποχής και την απίστευτη επιμονή και δύναμη της Charrière. Αξίζει να το διαβάσετε, ακόμα κι αν έχετε δει την ταινία που διαφέρει εν μέρει.
Papillon, ítan best séler ótan kyklofórise to 1969 kai poios apó emás den tha thymátai tin omótitli tainía tou Chóligount pou protagonistoúse o Stiv MakKouín kai o Ntástin Chófman. To Papillon, to gallikó gia petaloúda, ítan éna psevdónymo pou dóthike ston Charrière kai anaferótan epísis sto tatouáz tou. Eínai éna mythistórima gia tis anamníseis tou Henri Charrière kai perigráfei tin katadíki tou, ton enkleismó tou kai ti metépeita apódrasí tou apó mia fylakí sto Nisí tou Diavólou, i opoía ítan mia gallikí poinikí apoikía sta anoiktá tis Gallikís Gouiánas.

O syngraféas, Charrière ischyrístike óti óla ta gegonóta gia ta opoía égrapse ítan alithiná, allá aftó argótera téthike ypó amfisvítisi. An kai orisména apó aftá eínai safós alithiná, pistévetai óti orisména senária kai peripéteies boreí na échoun apostachtheí apó ti zoí ton synkratoúmenón tou.

To vivlío xekiná me tin katadíki tou Charrières sti Gallía gia dolofonía enós mastropéa onómati Roland Le Petit kai metá apó mia período fylakís sto Caen, stálthike me ploío sti Nótia Amerikí kai sti synécheia sto perivóito Nisí ton Diavólon. O Papillon synántise énan synkratoúmenó tou Louis Dega, o opoíos eíche proigouménos ítan trapezítis prin katadikasteí gia paracháraxi. O Papillon árese ston Dega kai ton prostátepse apó állous kratoúmenous. To vivlío kalýptei mia período dekatessáron etón apó ti zoí tou Papillon éos to 1945 kai kalýptei tis dyskolíes tou kai tis diáfores apópeires apódrasis.

Papillon mia synarpastikí istoría, eidiká an ítan óla alithiná, kai dínei mia pragmatikí eikóna gia tis thiriodíes tis epochís kai tin apístefti epimoní kai dýnami tis Charrière. Axízei na to diavásete, akóma ki an échete dei tin tainía pou diaférei en mérei.

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The Freedom Trap by Desmond Bagley

The freedom trap

The freedom trap

Another novel by Desmond Bagley, author of The Vivero Letter, one of my all time favourite writers. I only wish I could have met him.

The Freedom Trap was first published in 1971 and is said to be loosely based on the escape of, spy, double agent and traitor depending on your point of view, George Blake from prison five years earlier. It was made into a film in 1973, called The Mackintosh Man, starring Paul Newman.

The fiction story starts with Joseph Rearden who is a villain from South Africa . He meets an agent of MI5 in London called Mackintosh, who recruits him for an assignment. It is a dangerous task and is to trap The Scarperers  who are a well known gang of criminals who gaol-breaking long-term prisoners. He is also to catch Slade who is a Russian double agent whom they recently helped to escape. Rearden is told to rob a postman with a packet of uncut diamonds. He is then  ‘caught’ and sent to jail in hopes that he can contact the Scarperers. It is a clever and exciting plot which races to Malta and beyond……well worth a read.

In the mid 20th century, British writers such as Hammond Innes, Alistair MacLean, Desmond Bagley set out the conventions of the thriller genre. Their heroes were  a resilient and resourceful ordinary individuals facing tremendous odds. The villains were utterly ruthless in pursuit of their goals.

Desmond Bagleyren beste nobela bat, The Vivero Letter-en egilea, nire idazle gogokoenetako bat. Ezagutzea bakarrik nahi nuke.

Freedom Trap 1971n argitaratu zen lehen aldiz, eta bost urte lehenago George Blake kartzelatik zetorren, espioiaren, agente bikoitzaren eta traidorearen ihesean oinarrituta omen dago. 1973an film bat egin zuten, The Mackintosh Man izenekoa, Paul Newman protagonista zuela.

Fikzio istorioa Hegoafrikako gaiztoa den Joseph Reardenekin hasten da. MI5 agenteko agente bat ezagutuko du Londresen Mackintosh izenekoa, eta honek zeregin baterako kontratatuko du. Zeregin arriskutsua da eta epe luzeko presoak hausten dituzten gaizkile talde ezaguna diren Scarperers harrapatzea da. Gainera, duela gutxi ihes egiten lagundu zioten agente biko errusiarra den Slade harrapatzekoa da. Reardenek postari bati ebaki gabeko diamante pakete batekin lapurreta egiteko esan dio. Gero “harrapatu” eta espetxera bidali dute Scarperers-ekin harremanetan jartzeko itxaropenarekin. Trama argia eta zirraragarria da, Maltara eta haratago lasterketetan ibiltzen dena … irakurtzea merezi du.

Mendearen erdialdean, Hammond Innes, Alistair MacLean, Desmond Bagley bezalako idazle britainiarrek thriller generoaren konbentzioak zehaztu zituzten. Haien heroiak izugarrizko probabilitateak zituzten gizabanako arrunt erresilienteak eta aberatsak ziren. Gaizkileak erabat gupidagabeak ziren helburuak lortzeko.

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The Racketeer by John Grisham

The Rackateer by John Grishm

The Racketeer by John Grishm

The Racketeer thriller by John Grisham tell the story of the life of Federal Judge Raymond Fogletree and his sudden and mysterious death. It’s surprising that these Judges don’t run into more difficulties when considering the enormity of the cases they deal with and the, sometimes, severe sentences they have to hand down to very dangerous individuals and organisations.

John Grisham states that in the USA only four active Federal Judges had previously been murdered, someone had just increased it to five.

The Judge’s body, along with that of his young secretary had been found in his lakeside cabin in the basement. The FBI had found the bodies after being alerted to the Judges disappearance by his law clerk. The clerk had become worried when the Judge didn’t turn up for Court on the previous Monday morning. The FBI checked the crime scene and found no forced entry and no indication of a struggle. Only the bodies showed evidence of a crime and the FBI felt it was someone close who had committed it.

The storyteller did not know the Judge but he did know why hhttps://www.idograf.com/bloge was killed and who had done killed him. The only problem, a fellow lawyer, he now languished in prison.

The Racketeer is a piece of murder, mystery fiction which has a dark Noir feel to it. As always a tense and clever plot which has strong currents flowing through it. Well worth a read. Well done Grisham!

Spennutryllirinn Racketeer eftir John Grisham segir frá lífi sambandsdómara Raymond Fogletree og skyndilegs og dularfulls dauða hans. Það kemur á óvart að þessir dómarar lenda ekki í meiri erfiðleikum þegar þeir taka tillit til mikils mála sem þeir fjalla um og stundum þungra dóma sem þeir þurfa að dæma mjög hættulegum einstaklingum og samtökum.

John Grisham fullyrðir að í Bandaríkjunum hafi aðeins fjórir virkir alríkisdómarar áður verið myrtir, einhver hefði bara fjölgað þeim í fimm.

Lík dómarans ásamt líki ungs ritara hans höfðu fundist í skála hans við vatnið í kjallaranum. Alríkislögreglan FBI hafði fundið líkin eftir að lögregluvörður hans var látinn vita að dómararnir hvarf. Afgreiðslumaðurinn hafði orðið áhyggjufullur þegar dómarinn mætti ​​ekki fyrir dóminn á mánudagsmorguninn á undan. FBI kannaði glæpavettvanginn og fann enga þvingaða inngöngu og engar vísbendingar um baráttu. Aðeins líkin sýndu vísbendingar um glæp og FBI fannst að það væri einhver náinn sem hefði framið það.

Sögumaðurinn þekkti ekki dómara en hann vissi af hverju  var drepinn og hver hafði drepið hann. Eina vandamálið, samstarfsmaður lögfræðings, hvílir nú í fangelsi.

The Racketeer er morð, leyndardómsskáldskapur sem hefur dökka Noir -tilfinningu. Eins og alltaf spennuþrungin og snjöll söguþráður sem hefur sterka strauma sem flæða í gegnum hana. Vel þess virði að lesa. Vel gert Grisham!

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