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Brother One Cell: An American Coming of Age in South Korea's Prisons A gripping first person account of one young American s life changing years in a South Korean prisonAt age twenty three Cullen Thomas was, like most middle class kids his age, looking for something meaningful and exciting to do before settling into thetoroutine Possessed of a youthful, romantic view of the world, he set off for adventure in Asia and a job teaching English in Seoul, South Korea But he got than he ever bargained for when an ill advised stunt led to a drugsmuggling arrest and a three and a half year prison sentence Brother One Cell is Cullen s memoir of that time the harrowing and unusual story of a good kid forced to grow up in very unusual circumstancesOne of only a handful of foreign inmates, Cullen shared a cell block with human traffickers, jewel smugglers, murderers, and thieves Fortunately for him, the strict Confucian social s that dominated the prison made it almost a safe place, different from the brutal, lawless setting most would imagine In the relative calm of this environment Cullen would learn invaluable life lessons and come out of the experience a wise and grounded adult With its gritty descriptions of life behind the concrete walls, colorful depictions of his fellow inmates, and acute insights about Korean society, Brother One Cell is part gritty prison story, part cautionary tale, and part insightful travelogue into the places most people never see


10 thoughts on “Brother One Cell: An American Coming of Age in South Korea's Prisons

  1. Adam Adam says:

    Although I ve been in Korea for just about eight months now, it wasn t until reading Brother One Cell that I actually took the time to appreciate where I am Sure, I ve reveled a bit in this unique opportunity, especially to those back home, but I never really do so objectively What s worse is that as I m often frustrated with work, I find myself complaining about a number of th


  2. Rebecca Huston Rebecca Huston says:

    While I did find this interesting to read, there were several problems with it, most notably the incredibly whiney narrator and the lack of any sort of glossary to explain some of the Korean terms A selfish, entitled American twit tries to smuggle drugs into South Korea and gets caught Unluckily for him, Korean justice is farharsh than American About three stars and only somewha


  3. Carl Carl says:

    Growing up in Long Island Graduating college then setting off for Asia to teach English with a girl he loves Flouting the country s drug laws without enough regard for consequence At this point the author s and my own story diverge and I am given a window into what my life could ve become had I been a shade unluckier.Truly heart wrenching at times, I read each chapter with wide e


  4. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    Brother One Cell is an autobiographical tale of Cullen Thomas, an American who in his early 20s moved to South Korea to teach English Seven months into his time there, he got caught smuggling drugs into the country and was sentenced to three and half years in prison As you do It s an interesting look into South Korean culture and prison life, albeit from a slightly two dimensional


  5. Mara Mara says:

    The writing itself is nothing extraordinary, but the story and cultural insight make it very worth it.


  6. Sebastien Sebastien says:

    I don t understand all the negative reviews People are complaining that Cullen Thomas kept whining about Korean culture and his situation in prison, and some reviews even had the audacity to judge him and say that he deserved everything he got About the whining part, he had every right Koreans living in the USA whine Canadians living in Colombia whine People whine If I wrote a book


  7. Karol Karol says:

    Cullen Thomas s memoir, Brother One Cell, is a thriller about an American college graduate, nicknamed the Jolly Marauder, who grew up on Long Island dreaming about pirates, adventure, and becoming a storyteller someday Armed with an English major and big plans, Cullen took a job teaching English to school children in South Korea, quickly realizing that it was an insufferable grind So


  8. Tim Jin Tim Jin says:

    As a first generation Korean American, I could somehow relate to this story Although I have never been in any prison, the author does well at explaining the Korean culture and give a lot of Korean dialogue in the book Instead of overacting on the narration with unbearable Asian accents, the narrator using his natural voice, tries to speak the foreign dialogue as best as they can I ve


  9. James Park James Park says:

    There s a Korean proverb that says a true man only cries at 3 moments in his life when he is born, when his parents die, and when he dies But this book has dudes straight up bawling in their jail cells from all the suffering that drives some of them even to the point of insanity Brother One Cell shows you the experience of an American adjusting to Korean society within a prison, and is


  10. Abraham Lewik Abraham Lewik says:

    My copy was missing the last few pages If my copy was complete then probably between two stars The book got better but never really impressed me with the story Thomas McFadden is the better prison writer, Bangkok Hilton also Korean prison is not alien enough to impress me, perhaps not That personal reflections ought to be included in prison literature is logical, yet the reflections on


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