Brother One Cell

Brother One Cell : An American Coming of Age in South Korea's Prisons

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 347 pages
  • 143 x 214 x 20mm | 331g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Maps
  • 0143113119
  • 9780143113119
  • 1,043,534

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"Brother One Cell is Mr. Thomas's affecting account of his prison experience. It's 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."
-William Grimes, The New York Times "Compelling."
-Chicago Tribune "Scary, funny, [and] honest as hell . . . This is memoir at its highest level."
-Ray LeMoine, co-author of Babylon by Bus "In reflective, often highlighter-worthy prose . . . Thomas lyrically describes his Zenlike effort to stay sane through shoe-factory work and prison basketball."
-Outside "His account of that journey [to higher understanding] is gripping."
-Booklist (Starred Review)
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309 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 22% (67)
4 41% (127)
3 28% (88)
2 6% (20)
1 2% (7)
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