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Posted May 23, 2014
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Clifford Irving kept a journal during his 16 months in prison and we are the richer for it.
It’s full of humorous events, irony, drama, and, occasionally, terror.
Even in prison, the author is framed for a crime he didn’t commit! How he battles out of that dilemma is heartwarming and ingenious.
Of course it’s well written – it’s by CI – and you feel you are there.
The beauty part.. you can put the book down and go for a walk as a free man or woman!
Posted April 27, 2014
Jailing, by Clifford Irving, was so captivating that I almost wished he’d spent more than seventeen months in prison just so that I’d have more journal entries to read. I’m sure he’d disagree with me on that, but the immediacy of his observations was both highly entertaining and enlightening. Irving is the best-selling author who almost pulled off the fake autobiography of Howard Hughes in the early 1970s. The story was the subject of a major motion picture starring Richard Gere called The Hoax.
That Irving was an experienced journalist as well as a novelist made for an engrossing read with surprises on more than one level. The characters he met while “jailing” were not only memorable, but often humorous as well. His insights turned some of my previous conceptions of prison life on their heads. For example, who would have thought that it didn’t pay to be a model prisoner when it came time for your parole hearing? Model prisoners don’t make a fuss, so the prison guards and administrators are motivated to keep them around—parole is often denied. On the other hand, being just enough of a thorn in their sides not to receive a longer sentence seemed to be best strategy. This is a great read, with meaningful insights into the nature of incarceration and the interactions of those on both sides of the bars. One of the most enjoyable reads I’ve come across in a long while.