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'Brother One Cell' a search for self in South Korean prison
[Near West Final Edition]
Chicago Tribune - Chicago, Ill.
Author: Grimes, William
Date: Apr 25, 2007
Start Page: 7.A
Section: Tempo
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After all those dull months teaching English to Korean students, [Thomas] suddenly finds himself among fascinating people. He meets Billy the Kid, a Colombian gem smuggler and jailhouse lawyer with whom he reads Nietzsche and Tolstoy, and develops a philosophy for dealing with prison life. He listens in wonder to the exploits of a Peruvian who wanders the world with a gang of well-dressed thieves who steal suitcases in hotels and airports. He befriends, and tries to understand, a fellow American who smothered his two sons.

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