- Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Mainstream Publishing (27. Februar 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1780576625
- ISBN-13: 978-1780576626
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,3 x 2,3 x 23,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 575.905 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Prison Time (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 27. Februar 2014
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There are some similarities between this and the other books: Attwood's extraordinary honesty, his outstanding descriptions of his own emotional turmoil and an excellent representation of the larger-than-life criminal characters he meets. However, be warned, there are some genuinely shocking, real-life stories here that curl the toes and curdle the blood, and they're different to those in Hard Time: namely, the sexual deviancy and hormone-induced blood-lust that runs through prisons the world over.
In 5 words (or so), it's: gritty, jaw-dropping, philosophical, darkly humorous and emotional.
Highly recommended, but not for the faint-hearted.
In this latest book he describes his life in a dangerous American prison, populated by characters that fiction would be hard to match. But what shines through is Shaun's will to survive and improve his life. It's an achievement that just shows, the hard knocks in life can, if you overcome them, reap amazing rewards. And the reward we have here is the discovery of a writer of great talent.
Too many Americans share Shaun Attwood's experience because of our country's socioeconomic commitment to increase and maintain the largest per capita prison population in the developed world but, it took a Brit (albeit a supremely gifted and talented one) to write the seminal American prison/redemption story. One of the reasons I can recommend this book so highly is because it will appeal to and be appreciated by an almost universal range of readership from my 93 year old grandmother to convicts and inmates currently locked down in federal, state or county correctional facilities. I read 82 books in 2014 (to date), Prison Time is my favorite.
The TV episode was so good that afterward I googled Shaun Attwood to learn more about his story and found that after his release from prison and deportation to England in 2007, he published three books about his experience: “Party Time” (2013), “Hard Time” (2014) and “Prison Time” (2014).
It turns out that Attwood is a really engaging writer, and I was very impressed with “Prison Time.” It has some fantastic prison horror stories, but at the same time Attwood has an eye for finding humanity in the unlikeliest of places – including the plight of transsexuals in prison, a kind-hearted mafia hit man, and a huge black inmate whose raison d’etre is to prevent weaker prisoners from being raped.
From the opening scene where Shaun’s drug-crazed cellmate threatens to smash his brains in with a padlock in a sock, the book sucks the reader right in. What happens next is even more disturbing, when on his way to the shower he is accosted by a sexual predator. Attwood writes:
“The pen clinks against grid-metal and tumbles to the day room as I’m pulled into a cell reeking of backside sweat and masturbation, a cheese-tinted funk.
‘I’m Booga. Let’s f***’ says a squat man in urine-stained boxers, with ‘WHITE TRASH’ tattooed on his torso beneath a mobile home, and an arm sleeved with the Virgin Mary.
Shocked, I brace to flee or fight to preserve my anal virginity. I can’t believe my eyes when he drops his boxers and waggles his penis.”
Later, in one of the most powerful anecdotes of the book, Attwood recounts a training seminar on Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention that the inmates must sit through. Guards urge the prisoners to report sexual assault, unaware or uncaring that “snitching,” as it’s known in prison, would be a death sentence for anyone who reported it. What follows is gallows humor of the darkest kind.
Shaun Attwood is a gifted storyteller, and his story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. The book is truly eye-opening, yet not sensationalized. I highly recommend it.