After eight years spent locked up, Max has gotten very good at being a prisoner. He knows the guards, the inmates, and how to survive. But the parole board has decided that he has sufficiently reformed, and it's time for him to say good-bye. When Max reaches the outside world, he finds that freedom doesn't make anything easier.
Based on his own experiences in prison, Edward Bunker first drafted No Beast So Fierce in the 1950s, while incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison. He spent the next two decades in and out of jail, writing essays for various magazines and working on the novel, which was finally published in 1973. Eighteen months later, the book was used as evidence that he was fit to leave jail. He received parole, and spent the rest of his life a free man.
©1975 Edward Bunker (P)2012 HighBridge Company
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"Crime story from the criminal's perspective"
A stunning portrait of a character who is both sympathetic and horrible. There is a lyrical quality to Bunker's language, which is oddly set against the subject matter.
The pace of the story is a bit droning, though I think this is consistent with the life of the main character - weeks of loneliness, boredom, and monotony punctuated by seconds of violence and terror.
This book has given me a lot to think about, which is suppose is a mark of a powerful story.
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