|Plot Summary of Couldn't Keep It To Myself|
|"This is an auto-biography written by numerous inmates from York Correctional Institute and editored and workshopped by Wally Lamb. The stories told focus on the lives of the prisoners, discussing their childhoods, communities, crimes and prison life. All of these stories detail a sense of hopelessness slowly being overcome through the use of writing. The book tells of brief periods of the writers life or of the entire life up until now and gives an excellent insight into the justice system and prison life. It is a thoughtful read."
Shel, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Couldn't Keep It To Myself|
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- criminal (general)
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- accused criminal
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- very athletic
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- rape/molest (yeech!)
Commentary on society?
- justice system
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
Is this a biography of several people?
How much dialogue in bio?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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