A Life Inside: A Prisoner's Notebook Paperback – 14 April 2005
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- ISBN-10 : 9781903809983
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1903809983
- Product Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.78 x 20.32 cm
- Publisher : Atlantic Books; Main Edition (14 April 2005)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1903809983
- Best Sellers Rank: 75,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer reviews:
James has transformed our view of what it means to be inside. Source: The Scotsman
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This book is a collection of his columns written over three years, from 2000 to 2003.
The writing is very intelligent and all still relevant to the prison system today - whilst changes are always happening, they are very slow.
Sitting down and reading the columns one after another in a book is not how they were designed to be read and they are disjointed when experienced like this as topics change from week to week. I suspect that I would have been addicted to this writer had I read one each week but in
the form of a book the writing does not flow as well as it could.
Put the style aside though and Erwin James is a great writer. He boldly expresses his opinions based on his time served and tells both good and bad in a well balanced way. He talks very openly about opportunities available whilst also acknowledging many reasons why people are not able to grab at chances.
Each week, the author is able to look at topic from tiny minutiae of prison life to the broader issues of rehabilitation and punishment in general. I now know that the author has written a proper memoir which is due to be published in Feb 2016 which I will be buying...
I have just finished reading A life Inside, as part of research into life inside, and I have found this book to be the best I have read so far and the most truthful. It states clearly, without emotion the impact on someone's life when they are sentenced to a period of incarceration. It is written with honesty and sincerity. A must read for anyone who would like a glimmer of what it maybe like. Although at times I feel the amazing sense of optimism Erwin James manages to maintain within himself through his experiences may give some readers, who know nothing of our outdated and still often brutal penal system, a false belief it really does work!
Ive been researching the topic of prison life, and having trawled through dozens of books on this subject, this one is in a league of its own. James' descriptions and explanation give an unusually objective vision of the existence and relationships that one develops as a long term prisoner.
Lovely use of language. An intelligent, thought-provoking work.
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