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Old 12-16-2009, 10:22 PM   #1
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What novel would you request in prison?

Of course, prison life is hard. I was just reading this article and this got my attention:

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Mr Standen, once a senior Crime Commission officer, complained about his conditions yesterday, asking to be released on bail and placed under ''virtual house arrest'' at his father's house in Sydney. Mr Standen has no access to the prison library, but was allowed to receive a novel sent to him.

The book Shantaram is the account of a man who escaped from prison and fled to India and ''everyone in jail read it before it was approved'', Mr Standen said. He has completed his law degree, but has no access to other courses. And on some days he is not released at all from his cell - a room ''six paces by three paces''.
It begs the question: If you could request only one novel to read in prison, what would you ask for?
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Old 12-17-2009, 12:21 AM   #4
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Old 12-17-2009, 12:45 AM   #5
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Old 12-17-2009, 02:38 AM   #6
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You beat me to it!
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Old 12-17-2009, 08:43 AM   #9
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Anything by Dan Brown. I would then in fury and rage be able to dig my way out with my hands alone.
Given that the most likely reason for you being in prison would be assault on a well-known author (let's call him 'DB' to maintain his anonymity) - to wit, attempting to insert several best selling paperbacks into one of his orifices - that would be quite ironic.

For me, I'd take Bertrand Russell's 'History of Western Philosophy'. No clever reason, it's just a really good read.
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Given that the most likely reason for you being in prison would be assault on a well-known author (let's call him 'DB' to maintain his anonymity) - to wit, attempting to insert several best selling paperbacks into one of his orifices - that would be quite ironic.

For me, I'd take Bertrand Russell's 'History of Western Philosophy'. No clever reason, it's just a really good read.
Assault would be the least charge on the sheet

I have Russel's 'History of Western Philosophy' and I've never read it. So much good stuff, and so little time. I'm not complaining though, a lot of the good stuff is free

I'd probably take Kafka's 'the Castle' or John Steinbeck's 'Tortilla Flat' with me, on a more serious note. Both excellent re-reads.
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:05 PM   #14
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Looks like he needs to run in place, for such a small space and ti complain about being allowed out of the cell. WAWA he should have thought about that be fore he did the crime. I am not compasioate for criminal I feel they have give up their rights by doing their chosen fupa. Its bad enought the rest of us have to pay to house them.

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