Education of a Felon : A Memoir

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Education of a Felon : A Memoir

Unread postby Christina Marie » August 11th, 2005, 9:49 pm

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Education of a Felon : A Memoir



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Education of a Felon : A Memoir
by Edward Bunker


From Publishers Weekly
In this picaresque, harrowing, humorous yet deeply sad excursion through his dark-starred youth, Bunker (No Beast So Fierce, etc.)--arguably the most renowned convict writer in America--serves as both participant in and witness to the mid-century carnival of L.A. crime immortalized by James Ellroy. The bright, mischievous product of a Depression-era broken home, Bunker was raised in a worsening succession of institutions. In this account, he initially explores how the violence he experienced in these places directed him toward criminality, culminating in a stretch in San Quentin at age 17. These experiences instilled in Bunker the Convict Code, which boils down to: Don't ever snitch, and respond to all threats with uncompromised ferocity. This ferocity made him notorious among his jailers and peers. Bunker details experiences among pimps, prostitutes, gamblers, thieves and L.A.'s nascent gang and drug culture, plus flirtations with affluent society, in the person of a benefactor, Louise Wallis, a producer's wife for whom he worked as a chauffeur and who nurtured his literary dreams. He captures the kaleidoscope of postwar California's underworld with a disturbing seductiveness reminiscent of Ellroy. Bunker ultimately returned to prison for two long periods due to relatively minor infractions; he describes the dangers of California prisons, greatly worsened in the 1960s by racial polarization. Though out of prison now for 25 years, Bunker remembers the experience well: these chapters, as in his novels, present a uniquely searing portrait of life behind bars. Although the memoir ends abruptly with the 1974 acceptance for publication by W.W. Norton of one of Bunker's novels, it remains a thought-provoking and richly re-created tale of a career criminal. (Mar.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Having served a total of 18 years in prison, Bunker has made a career out of being an ex-felon in the decades since his release. His four works of fiction (No Beast Too Fierce, Animal Factory, Little Boy Blue, and Dog Eat Dog) describe adolescents in trouble with the law--as he was. This memoir, his first nonfiction book, has stories similar to those in the other volumes, but this time the stories are apparently true. Bunker is sufficiently like the juvenile offenders of today to make his self-revelations hit home. The legal system that he describes, however, goes back several decades. Readers who are interested in how things used to be will find substance here; those who are looking for insights into today's correctional facilities may be misled. Bunker writes well, and his hard-boiled episodes can hold the readers' attention. Devotees will probably like this new volume; others may want to pass.
-Frances O. Sandiford, Green Haven Correction Facility Lib., Stormville, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Re: Education of a Felon : A Memoir

Unread postby willihen » August 11th, 2005, 9:58 pm

crstnamre wrote:Education of a Felon : A Memoir



Editorial Reviews
Education of a Felon : A Memoir
by Edward Bunker


From Publishers Weekly
In this picaresque, harrowing, humorous yet deeply sad excursion through his dark-starred youth, Bunker (No Beast So Fierce, etc.)--arguably the most renowned convict writer in America--serves as both participant in and witness to the mid-century carnival of L.A. crime immortalized by James Ellroy. The bright, mischievous product of a Depression-era broken home, Bunker was raised in a worsening succession of institutions. In this account, he initially explores how the violence he experienced in these places directed him toward criminality, culminating in a stretch in San Quentin at age 17. These experiences instilled in Bunker the Convict Code, which boils down to: Don't ever snitch, and respond to all threats with uncompromised ferocity. This ferocity made him notorious among his jailers and peers. Bunker details experiences among pimps, prostitutes, gamblers, thieves and L.A.'s nascent gang and drug culture, plus flirtations with affluent society, in the person of a benefactor, Louise Wallis, a producer's wife for whom he worked as a chauffeur and who nurtured his literary dreams. He captures the kaleidoscope of postwar California's underworld with a disturbing seductiveness reminiscent of Ellroy. Bunker ultimately returned to prison for two long periods due to relatively minor infractions; he describes the dangers of California prisons, greatly worsened in the 1960s by racial polarization. Though out of prison now for 25 years, Bunker remembers the experience well: these chapters, as in his novels, present a uniquely searing portrait of life behind bars. Although the memoir ends abruptly with the 1974 acceptance for publication by W.W. Norton of one of Bunker's novels, it remains a thought-provoking and richly re-created tale of a career criminal. (Mar.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal
Having served a total of 18 years in prison, Bunker has made a career out of being an ex-felon in the decades since his release. His four works of fiction (No Beast Too Fierce, Animal Factory, Little Boy Blue, and Dog Eat Dog) describe adolescents in trouble with the law--as he was. This memoir, his first nonfiction book, has stories similar to those in the other volumes, but this time the stories are apparently true. Bunker is sufficiently like the juvenile offenders of today to make his self-revelations hit home. The legal system that he describes, however, goes back several decades. Readers who are interested in how things used to be will find substance here; those who are looking for insights into today's correctional facilities may be misled. Bunker writes well, and his hard-boiled episodes can hold the readers' attention. Devotees will probably like this new volume; others may want to pass.
-Frances O. Sandiford, Green Haven Correction Facility Lib., Stormville, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I read "No beast so fierce" pretty rough book.

Little trivia...
Michael Mann interviewed and spent alot of time with Bunker.

He was used as a technical advisor in "Thief" with James Caan.(advising on robbing) and again in "Heat" with DeNiro and Pacino.

In "Heat" Jon Voight's character was physically based on Bunker. If you've seen a picture of bunker, you see the similarity.

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Unread postby Christina Marie » August 12th, 2005, 10:44 am

I have never read him before now, I will read "No Beast So Fierce" next though since it was his first publishing. When I find a writer I like, I enjoy reading them from first on through. It's cool to see how their writing has evolved. Did'nt know if you would be interested in the below info. And, ya James Caan does have the same air about him does'nt he?

Forthcoming:

No Beast So Fierce

an exclusive 500 copy signed and numbered limited edition of Eddie Bunker's first published book
due Spring 2003

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Unread postby willihen » August 12th, 2005, 11:39 am

crstnamre wrote:I have never read him before now, I will read "No Beast So Fierce" next though since it was his first publishing. When I find a writer I like, I enjoy reading them from first on through. It's cool to see how their writing has evolved. Did'nt know if you would be interested in the below info. And, ya James Caan does have the same air about him does'nt he?

Forthcoming:

No Beast So Fierce

an exclusive 500 copy signed and numbered limited edition of Eddie Bunker's first published book
due Spring 2003


I'll have to look out for Education of a felon. take care

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Unread postby Christina Marie » August 12th, 2005, 3:10 pm

Take care yourself :D

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Re: Education of a Felon : A Memoir

Unread postby alexalonso » August 8th, 2016, 4:29 am

Lots a Latino gangs mentioned, Temple Street and Diamond Street.

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Re: Education of a Felon : A Memoir

Unread postby annamarsh » April 4th, 2018, 12:07 am

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