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Who Moved My Cheese?
If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans
Scientific Secrets for Self-Control
Just One Damned Thing After Another
The Vanishing
Exercises in Knitting
The Good Dream
The Very Best of Edgar Allan Poe
The Chosen
BT-Kids' Knits
Talking God
The Professor
The Christmas Files
The Finisher
Home Decor for 18-Inch Dolls: Create 10 Room Settings with Furniture and 15 Outfits with Accessories
Dracula and Other Stories
A New Song
All Quiet on the Western Front
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Saturday, January 26, 2013

In the Sanctuary of Outcasts

In the Sanctuary of OutcastsIn the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was fascinated by this book.  Neil White, a successful magazine publisher, was convicted of bank fraud for kiting checks.  He was sentenced to 18 months in a Federal Penitentiary in Louisiana.  The penitentiary was also a leprosarium where a number of patients resided, many of them for most of their lives.

As Neil comes to know the patients and inmates, he learns a great deal about himself and the philosophy of life which caused his downfall.  The interactions with the patients, their stories and their reactions to the life sentence their disease gave them helped him to see himself as he truly was.

The book was very interesting, especially the part about the leprosarium.  It is unbelievable that people were taken from their families and sent to places like Carville without any concern for their human rights.  I thought that this was a practice from the middle ages rather than a policy in the United States.  Despite of their treatment, many of the patients became mentors to Neil and each other.  I would like to have known more about their lives.

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