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You Got Nothing Coming Paperback – 4 Mar 2002
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'Darkly hilarious ... the precision and swagger of his prose makes the pages speed by. The reconstructed dialogue especially is superb.' -- Guardian, 8th February 2003
'Riveting ... The brutality beggars belief, but Lerner is so witty that the book is a joy to read.' -- Mail on Sunday, 23rd February 2003
The staggering memoir of a middle-class, middle-aged man who fell into the inferno of the American prison system, and what he had to do to survive --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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Fortunately Jimmy (who is Jewish) is befriended by a huge Nazi, called Kansas, who protects him from some of the intimidation and extreme violence that he sees whilst inside. Jimmy is also assisted by his engaging personality and his ability to help other prisoners out in many ways, from reading for the illiterate, to giving them legal advice.
Jimmy is an engaging character with a cynical wit and an ability to laugh at himself. His story is highly entertaining, not without emotion and always containing humour.
Some of the characters in the jail seem to revel in the life inside. For some it is the only place where they feel as though they are important or they have a routine. Conversely, normal people who read this book will ensure they live law abiding lives henceforth.
I get through a few books (I have a long tube ride to work) and this is one of the most entertaining I have read in the last couple of years. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Lerner manages to find humanity and even humour in a system where men are both brutal and brutalised.His fascinating journey from terrified new 'fish' to experienced lag using business management strategies for his own survival will keep you gripped from the first page to the last.
What we want now is a sequel showing how Lerner spent the remainder of his time in prison and, if he is now on the outside, how does he adapt to his freedom.
Trust me, after reading this you'll make sure you live your life on the straight and narrow! The best book I'v read this year.
Incredibly,the narrative voice has such a light, playful touch, despite the horrors happening all around.
This is a rare gem of a book, a nonfiction memoir that reads like the best of all novels!!!
I can't wait for the sequel!!!
The author's metamorphosis from a newcomer, a "Fish" to a seasoned veteran of the asylum where the patients run the madhouse, is a scary, horrific, surreal and sensational tale that will keep you on the edge until the very end.
This is the best book I have had the pleasure of reading in quite some time!!!!
This is probably among the finest ever books, fact or fiction, about life in 'The Big House', and never fails to inspire, entertain and outrage.
However been the open minded person I am I gave it a try. And man was I pleased I did.
This book is filled from begining to end with humour which, at times, made me cry. Sitting on my school bus laughing to myself, I was engrossed in the book. A witty, honest description which a lot of us (thankfully) have had no experience of.
A book that takes you away to another world...but makes you feel glad to be back. Take my advice, read this book, and enjoy!
It's an amzing true story of a mans struggle in the system but told with excellent humour and no restrictions on language. The prison life is one massive learning curve for the author and he describes it really well. It's only his chance encounter with Kansas and his previous employment history that prevent him from going under.
I wonder, now that OG has returned to "normal" life, if he still kicks it with his pals and talks the talk. know what i'm sayin ? dawg.
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