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 gained his freedom after 13 years of get away and imprisonment. regardless of his unravel to turn into a decent guy, Charriere is quickly all for hair-raiding exploits with goldminers, gamblers, bank-robbers and revolutionaries - robbing and being robbed, his lust for all times as powerful as ever. He additionally runs evening golf equipment in Caracas till an earthquake ruins him in 1967 - whilst he makes a decision to jot down the booklet that brings his overseas status.

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We were lucky enough to reach Venezuela a few months after the dictator Gomez died. These open-handed people helped us make a new life for ourselves. I had two years of compulsory residence at El Callao, and I stayed on. Little by little, I took to liking this simple life, you know? I lost one wife when she was having a baby, and the daughter, too. Then this black girl you've j ust seen, Conchita, she managed to comfort me with her real love and understanding, and she's made me happy. But what about you, Papi?

N o t that. I 've made up m y mind t o go. " Jose bent his head as if to think. A long pause. When he looked up again his face was bright. His eyes shone with in­ tell igence, and slowly, drawing out his words, he said, " Listen to the advice of a man who knows that world through and through. Every time there's a big game, a real big game-when there's a heap of diamonds in front of you and everything is at the boiling point, get up unexpectedly and don't sit there with your winnings. Say you've got a bellyache and go straight to the john.

That's as it may be. But don' t you forget this thing that keeps eating me all the time-this revenge. For that I really think I'd do anything at all. " "Adventure or revenge, you still need dough. So come along into the bush with me. I t's terrific, you'll see. " "With a pickax and a shovel? " "You got a fever, Papillon? " "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?

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