Rotting in the Bangkok Hilton: The Gruesome True Story of a Man Who Survived Thailand's Deadliest Prisons

Rotting in the Bangkok Hilton: The Gruesome True Story of a Man Who Survived Thailand's Deadliest Prisons

2.0 1
by T M. Hoy
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Prison is harsh enough, but as a foreigner (“farang”) in a strange land, jail time is an even more horrifying reality. Rotting in the Bangkok Hilton is a collection of short stories chronicling T. M. Hoy’s descent into the harrowing world of Southeast Asian prison life. Through his eyes, readers will experience the bizarre events of daily

Overview

Prison is harsh enough, but as a foreigner (“farang”) in a strange land, jail time is an even more horrifying reality. Rotting in the Bangkok Hilton is a collection of short stories chronicling T. M. Hoy’s descent into the harrowing world of Southeast Asian prison life. Through his eyes, readers will experience the bizarre events of daily life in a Thai maximum security prison: feel the weight of the chains he wears, the stomachaches from lack of food, witness the murders, drug overdoses, torture, and unbridled cruelty that ensues. 

Sentenced to life in prison, Hoy does his best to accept the fate he’s been given. While attempting to “adjust” to this third-world hellhole, he contracts tuberculosis and nearly loses his life. 

Hoy’s stories are brutal and his words are heart-wrenching. Go places you’ve only seen in your nightmares, to a world in which few survive, and none emerge unscathed . . . and if you’re lucky, you’ll die before you really begin to suffer.

Editorial Reviews

Jimmy Santiago Baca
“A superb rendition on the horrors of imprisonment that should be read by everyone. Bravo Mr. Hoy, what a gift for the reader.”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“…it is without a doubt an eye-opening account of what actually goes on there, and an incredibly absorbing read.”
John Zerzan
“T. M. Hoy's stories provide a coherent and gripping account of his five harrowing years in a Thai maximum security prison. Always aware of the reality he faces daily—and of its context outside the prison—Hoy comes through a most degrading experience whole and unbrutalized. He gives us an extremely readable, if tough to take at times, look at depths one hopes to never have to cope with.”
Kirkus Reviews
Collection of short essays about an American's hard time in two of Thailand's most notorious prisons. First-time author Hoy, Californian by birth, spent an apparently dissolute youth wandering Asia. He finally settled in Thailand, first in Bangkok and then in the northern city of Chiang Mai, where he committed the crime that is never explicitly named in the short narratives that make up this prison memoir (the cover copy suggests it was related to his failure to report a friend for murder, and documents reproduced inside suggest he was charged officially as an accessory). Whatever the actual crime, he was sent to Chiang Mai Remand Prison, then given a life sentence and transferred to Bang Kwang, the country's most notorious prison. Bang Kwang officials, writes the author, barely recognized the humanity of their wards. Prisoners were kept in crowded cells where they slept on the floor in spaces too small for their bodies. The drinking water came from the filthy river running nearby, and the food most often consisted of thin chicken broth and white rice. Hoy contracted tuberculosis and nearly died before the American embassy intervened. He was finally released to the Americans on a treaty transfer to spend the rest of his sentence in the United States. The short essays range in quality, but they all display Hoy's keen eye for the cruel detail--e.g., the senseless torture by prison guards of a captured owl or the murder in broad daylight of a likable coffee-shop owner by an apprentice member of a gang. The author also ably captures the humanity of his fellow inmates. The overall picture is not the unrelentingly gruesome story promised but rather a thoughtful series of meditations on living as well as possible under the worst possible conditions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616086886
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

T. M. Hoy was born and raised in Mountain View, California.
After extensive travel in Asia, he settled in Bangkok, and then
Chiang Mai, located in Northern Thailand. While living there, he made a “tragic error in judgment” by not reporting a murder he witnessed to police. In 1995, he was given a life sentence, and spent the next five-plus years between Chiang Mai Remand and Bang
Kwang Prison. He was given a treaty transfer and sent back to the states, where he finished his sentence at FCC Tucson in 2011. Hoy currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Rotting in the Bangkok Hilton: The Gruesome True Story of a Man Who Survived Thailand's Deadliest Prisons 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
xotruleyox More than 1 year ago
he gives pretty good insight into what the prison was like, but does not at all discuss WHY he was sent there except to vaguely say he didnt report a crime a friend committed...it just seemed weirdly evasive to not talk about why he was there...otherwise good content for prison life there...oh and he was NOT in prison in Bangkok so not sure hwy he named the book that, he was in Chiang Mai, not even remotely the same place