Brother One Cell: An American Coming Of Age In South Korea's Prisons

Paperback | February 26, 2008

byCullen Thomas

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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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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, w...

Cullen Thomas's writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Salon.com, The Washington Post, and Penthouse, among other publications.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.45 × 5.52 × 0.76 inPublished:February 26, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143113119

ISBN - 13:9780143113119

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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)