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In the Belly of the Beast [Paperback]

Jack Henry Abbott
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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15 Mar 1982
A visionary book in the repertoire of prison literature. This is a 37 year old man's account of 25 years behind bars.
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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Bks.; n.e. edition (15 Mar 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099281406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099281405
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,520,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'VE WANTED somehow to convey you the sensations-the atmospheric pressure, you might say-of what it is to be seriously a long-term prisoner in an American prison. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing insight into the life of one prisoner 22 April 2014
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I found the book a good read, the author is authentic when he writes about his direct experiences and his own options and observations - he becomes however obtuse when he ventures into philosophical discourse and discussion etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Opens your eyes the way dynamite opens a safe... 30 July 1999
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Abbott's experiences of a lifetime in incarceration take the form of excerpts from his letters to Norman Mailer, which are organised in related groups to form chapters. Reading this book takes you on a journey into one man's personal Hell. You will hear how he was repeatedly beaten to within an inch of not just his life, but also his sanity. You will hear how he has been stripped of humanity and yet manages to retain an earnest, almost innocent compassion towards his fellow man. And you will hear a frighteningly unique understanding of the human condition. Anybody who has ever wondered about the psychological effects of long-term imprisonment should treat this book as THE authoritative work. You may not agree with his political or philosophical views, but as long as you can open your mind to an experience outside your own, you will find this work enlightening.
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1.0 out of 5 stars the rantings of a convicted murderer 19 Aug 1998
By A Customer
The true injustice about this book is that it was released. Abbott makes some fine points about justice and lack thereof but he is as guilty as sin for his crimes but never apologizes. The book is full of his rantings about the injustices done to him but never once does he talk about the victims of his crimes. Did he ever write more after being re-arrested???
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth reading 31 Mar 2014
By denise
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a real in depth read about a man who spent most of his adult life in prison and his version of whats its about
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