In the Belly of the Beast Letters From Prison summary ½ 8

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This book collects Abbott's correspondence from prison with Norman Mailer who provides. My father rarely told the story but he said he read The Bridge on the River Kwai during his stint in the Marine Corps and upon reaching the climax of the book which outraged him he threw the novel overboard into the seaAnd while I didn't throw it into the sea Jack Henry Abbott's In the Belly of the Beast is the only book I've ever thrown away with deliberate intent I simply wanted to spare others from having to endure that shitty book at least that particular shitty bookIt's one of a genre we now call 'prison literature' but calling this literature is generous on a grand scale Abbott duped no less a writer than Norman Mailer who sponsored this book and wrote its glowing introductionI wonder if Mailer ever got a kick out of anyone telling him that the introduction to this book is a lot satisfying to read than Abbott himself because I would have told Mailer that if I'd ever had the chanceAbbott was certainly an interesting convict the prison library made him relatively well read he dabbled in Marxist theory and he had a lot to say about the prison system and its place in society His thesis is that prison doesn't reform people it only cultivates criminals it's like the higher university of criminal science That's basically his point here and it's a good one but it's his only good oneHe goes downhill fast by applying his grasp of Marxism to the prison system likening prisoners to the proletariat on the one hand and as higher mammals on another Of course he engages in a lot of recrimination which can be expected of a career convict Marxism though continues to be a touchstone for the remainder of the bookIt's too bad Mailer's advocacy helped get Abbott released from prison Abbott killed a man not long after his release and got himself bounced back into prison where he eventually killed himselfI bought my copy for about 25 cents from the back of a used book store and I figure I got my money's worth I'm not a book burner or a censor by any means but I do think taking my copy off the streets did the public a tiny bit of good and I figure that's than a shitbird like Abbott ever did

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In the Belly of the Beast Letters From PrisonAn introduction Abbott was a convict who had served the bulk of his life in various pri. I had never thought about prisons before so the thoughts in this book were completely new I was horrified I guess it's good that despite the overload of human suffering I've read about I am still always shocked at our ability to harm others and other people's ability to persevereI definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a different perspective on our society I would wait to read about Jack Henry Abbott until AFTER you read his storyA few notable passages Abbott spent almost ALL of his life in juvenile penitentiaries and then prisonsCan you imagine how I feel to be treated as a little boy and not as a man And when I was a little boy I was treated as a man and can you imagine what that does to a boy I keep waiting for the years to give me a sense of humor but so far that has evaded me completely And what is so odd about it all is that society has denied me the experience it enjoys or thinks it enjoys The oddity exists in the fact that I cannot know from experience what I have missed so why am I not happy I have been denied the society of others it is as simple as that

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In the Belly of the Beast Letters From Prison summary ½ 8 Í This book collects Abbott's correspondence from prison with Norman Mailer who provides an introduction Abbott was a convict who had served the bulk of his life in various prisons across the country The book is a lauded entry in the repertoire of prison literatureSons across the country The book is a lauded entry in the repertoire of prison literatu. A book you can never like but have to respect The best lesson in what it means to be human can come from such documents of inhumanity