The Prison House Paperback – 1 Dec 2009
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The Prison House tells the story of one man's incarceration in a foreign prison, for a crime which remains unspecified until the final pages of the novel. This creates an uncertainty in the reader that means our judgement of the narrator Jimmy is suspended. This is an interesting device as it stops the reader either totally liking or disliking him. We are never sure about Jimmy until the end of the book.
The prison is called Seven Towers and the novel is broken into seven sections, and follows Jimmy from the shock of his arrival, his time on C Block, his transfer to the notorious B wing, and finally a choice he has to make, whether he sells his soul for a reduced sentence or maintains his principles when he is moved to a work farm in the country.
Jimmy takes refuge in imagination and the book comes into its own in these passages as we are treated to flights of memory and fancy, childhood stories mingling with colourful and funny road trips across America and India. Whether Jimmy is driving in a car with Mary Anne or living near the River Ganges there is a subtext that elevates the work, a constant switching of pace and mood.
The idea of reading a prison novel might seem daunting but this book is unique and easily moves from the terrible and mundane procedures of prison life to the sheer joy of being alive and having hope.Read more ›
That said, King paints a vivid picture of life in a foreign prison and parts of the book are certainly not for the easily offended. I enjoyed reading The Prison House and would have given it a higher rating but for the writing style.
Anyone else read this? I have a question - where is the novel set? I thought it might be Italy or North Africa - any clues?
Overall not his best but still worth a read if you have read his other books.
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A pretty good story but I was left disappointed by the ending. It seemed rushed and not very well thought out. Read morePublished on 10 May 2010 by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed the book and i think I got most of the meaning but if anyone fancies giving me their detailed thoughts on it i'd really appreciate to hear what other people took... Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2009 by Stewart Everson
I absolutely loved King's "football trilogy" (The Football Factory, Headhunters, England Away), and thought "Human Punk" was an excellent change of direction. Read morePublished on 24 July 2006 by A. Ross