Banco: The Further Adventures of Papillon by Henri Charriere

By Henri Charriere

The sensational sequel to 'Papillon'. 'Banco' keeps the adventures of Henri Charriere - nicknamed Papillon - in Venezuela, the place he has ultimately received his freedom after 13 years of get away and imprisonment. regardless of his unravel to turn into a decent guy, Charriere is quickly serious about hair-raiding exploits with goldminers, gamblers, bank-robbers and revolutionaries - robbing and being robbed, his lust for all times as robust as ever. He additionally runs evening golf equipment in Caracas until eventually an earthquake ruins him in 1967 - while he makes a decision to write down the ebook that brings his overseas reputation.

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That doesn' t say any­ thing to you? No, it doesn't, and that's for sure. With your mug, you've certainly never pissed in those parts. Well, mate, I have. A hundred men, every one of them with diseased guts. Some standing, some lying down, some groaning like dogs. There's the bush in front of them, l ike a wall . But it's not them that are going to cut the bush down: the j ungle is going to do the cut­ ting. Kilometer Twenty-four is not a working camp. As the prison administration puts it, it's a conveniently hidden l ittle dell in the Guiana forest-you toss men into it and they never bother you again.

70; coffee 2. 50 for a kilo of rice and the same for dried beans. You could live cheaply, that was true.. But did I have the sense to put up with this kind of life? In spite of myself, as I climbed the stony path, walking easily in the heavy nailed boots they had given me at the mine-in spite of myself, and although I did my best not to think about it, I kept seeing that million dollars in gold bars just calling out for some enterprising hand to grab it. At night, it wouldn't be hard to jump Simon and chloroform him without being recognized : · 22 B AN C O And then the whole thing was in the bag, because they carried their fecklessness to the point of leaving him the key to the store so he could take shelter if it rained.

You've forgotten the main thing-my name. Jojo La Passe : Joj o the Craps. " " Nor do I," he said, doubl ing up with laughter. " How come? We aren't going to the mines to dig up diamonds? " "Out of the miners' pockets. '' "I get it, mac. " He was very pleased with the effect of h is words. Slowly he stood up, pulled a table into the middle of the room, spread a blanket over it and brought out six pairs of dice. " Very carefully I examined them. They were not loaded. " One of the sides had been carefully filed and polished, reducing it less than a tenth of a millimeter.

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