Brother One Cell : An American Coming of Age in South Korea's Prisons
Cullen Thomas was just like the thousands of other American kids who travel abroad after college. He was hungry for meaning and excitement beyond a nine-to-five routine, so he set off for Seoul, South Korea, to teach English and look for adventure. What he got was a three-and-a- half-year drug-crime sentence in South Korea's prisons, where the physical toll of life in a cell was coupled with the mental anguish of maintaining sanity in a world that couldn't have been more foreign. This is Thomas's unvarnished account of his eye-opening, ultimately life-affirming experience. Brother One Cell is part cautionary tale, part prison memoir, and part insightful travelogue that will appeal to a wide readership, from concerned parents to armchair adventurers.
- Paperback | 347 pages
- 139.7 x 210.82 x 22.86mm | 317.51g
- 01 Mar 2008
- Penguin Books
- New York, NY, United States
a"Brother One Cell" is Mr. Thomasas affecting account of his prison experience. Itas an offbeat coming of age story, the tale of a wide-eyed, innocent, middle-class American thrust into a world of deprivation and daily trials that speed his passage into adulthood and a deeper understanding of himself and the fallen creatures around him . . . told simply, and with extraordinary good humor...[T]he detail is fascinating.a aWilliam Grimes, "The New York Times" "Compelling." a"Chicago Tribune" aScary, funny, [and] honest as hell . . . This is memoir at its highest level.a aRay LeMoine, co-author of "Babylon by Bus" aIn reflective, often highlighter-worthy prose . . . Thomas lyrically describes his Zenlike effort to stay sane through shoe-factory work and prison basketball.a a"Outside" "His account of that journey [to higher understanding] is gripping." a"Booklist" (Starred Review)