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  • Posted January 13, 2014

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    Non-fiction books seem popular among the viewers, and so this we

    Non-fiction books seem popular among the viewers, and so this week I have chosen one that is somewhat different. Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man's Prison by T.J. Parsell [Da Capo Press, November 2, 2006], is described as a memoir, but for the most part it reads like a coming out story.

    It is not a pleasant recollection at times, although here, once again, there is a dichotomy. While prison life is brutal, the rape scenes especially, at times there seems to be a measure of relish involved.

    The memoir part describes how the author as a 17 y.o entered the prison system, and what he encountered on the first night and onward. Raped by five men, and then ‘won’ in a lottery by one of them, it is a brutally frank story that pulls no punches. Indeed, the raw sexual activity, graphically described, dominates the first two-thirds of the book. [See my discussion on this point, below.]

    The coming out part involves the discovery of his own sexuality, and the evolution of a romantic side to all the sex. It also leads, ultimately, to a happy ending.

    Critically speaking, the overall story is both intriguing and revealing; however, the sexual activity in the first part is somewhat overwhelming—almost to the point of being super-saturating. Of course, one can argue that this is the way it happened, and you can’t second guess fact; nevertheless, a little less graphic description might have alleviated the super-saturation.

    Which brings us around to editing. Oh, my! One reviewer speculated that an unedited version might have somehow made it to the printer, and if this is the case it would explain the inordinate number of typos, malapropisms, and otherwise obvious faux pas.
    Taking all this into consideration, I still think it is a fascinating read. Three and one-half bees.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Fish : a memoir of a boy in a man's prison, By : T.J. Parsell is

    Fish : a memoir of a boy in a man's prison, By : T.J. Parsell is a realistic depiction of life behind bars for young inmates. This cold, brutal story takes place in the Michigan Riverside Correctional Facility with T.J. Parsell, a 17 year old teen who decided to hold up a Photo Mat with a toy gun. This "practical joke' ended up getting him 4 years in prison with adults. The relation ship between T.J. and Chet gives a real world example of what it's like in prison. I would absolutely recommend this book. It goes into explicit detail with life inside of prison, and serves as a fair warning to all teenagers.

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