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on 20 January 2013
I thought the author wrote very well indeed. I have read a lot of books about people being in prison all over the world - but this was one of the better books. The author tells us about different people in the prison, why they are there and what the people are like. There is no self pity at all and no constant moaning about having to do time. I would recommend the book
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on 2 March 2015
This book is awful. Not because of the gruesome subject matter as you might imagine, but in the very writing itself.
What should be a rare glimpse into the worlds most notorious penal institution is instead turned into the authors own version of a bad travel documentary, written with an air of smug superiority.

There seems to be a casual acceptance of the ill treatment of Thai prisoners and utter outrage at similar perpetrations against "Farang" - Westerners.

The story is fascinating. The book should be. It's not. The writing style totally lets it down. The authors own personal opinion is frequently interjected as though it were established fact. I am left with the impression this person felt as though it was ok to mistreat anyone poor or local, while rich individuals and/or foreigners somehow deserved greater respect. This took so much enjoyment away from the story I am left utterly disappointed.
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on 31 March 2013
Entertainingly hard to dismiss

Do read as you will enjoy. The Hilton in all its glory more than brutally honest
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