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4.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing insight into the life of one prisoner
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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1.0 out of 5 stars the rantings of a convicted murderer
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???
Published on 19 Aug 1998


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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
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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Painfully articulate., 7 Jun 2013
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This review is from: In the Belly of the Beast (Paperback)
This guy's life was just a tragedy. This should be required reading for every prison officer and governor in the business. Highly recommended
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3.0 out of 5 stars Informative but filled with rants, 6 Aug 1999
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Abbott fully illustrates how ripe inmates in the penal system are for recruitment into hate groups. The desperate mind of a convict will search for any and all reasons for his predicament and never admit guilt or wrong doing on his own part.When these individuals are given respect and a list of other things or persons to blame he will fall in line with the statement of faith of the 'recruiter' when it makes him feel good about himself to do so. The hate and blame shifting will continue and there is then many times over no possibility at all for rehabilitation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a born writer, 5 Feb 2008
the saddest thing about this book is the fact that maybe if jack abbots life had been different from being a child he just might have been a wonderful writer on the outside instead of being a inmate on the inside....jacks cards was stacked against him from being born, a chinese mother and a father who showed no interest. jack was in and out of childrens homes all his life, and continued to be in prison almost all his adult life. after writing this book he got norman mailer on his side, and norman mailer managed to get jacks release into the outside world, no easy task for jack when something as simple as a phone call is confusing....to cut a long story short jack abbott stabbed a young waiter to death a few weeks after jacks release from prison ( i make no excuses for jack , but after reading about his life inside it was a case of the only way he knew how to act) later on jack went on the run and was finally caught and sent back to prison where he later committed suicide......all in all a very good book which was the start of a very bad very sad ending..................
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