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In the Sanctuary of Outcasts: A Memoir

5 Ratings: 3.4
A book by Neil White

Following conviction for bank fraud, White spent a year in a minimum-security prison in Carville, La., housed in the last leper colony in mainland America. His fascinating memoir reflects on the sizable group of lepers living alongside the prisoners, … see full wiki

Author: Neil White
Genre: Biography
Publisher: William Morrow
5 reviews about In the Sanctuary of Outcasts: A Memoir
review by . August 23, 2009
White was sentenced to a prison in Carville, Louisiana for the crime of "kiting", a form of check fraud. The oddity of the Carville prison is that it not only held prison inmates, it also served as a leprosarium that housed a sizable population of Lepers. (The Leprosarium was in operation from 1894 to 1999. It closed in 2000.)    In Sanctuary of Outcasts, White meets a few color characters in prison, a few of whom I found particularly memorable, lovable, and well fleshed out. …
review by . July 29, 2009
The description of this book led me to believe that I would see Neil White's transformation from an over-achieving, unethical businessman who was very concerned with experiences to the more humbler and self-aware man that he claims to have become after a year-long stint in a minimum security prison that shared a facility with a leper colony in Carville LA.    However, I was disappointed. He talks about how being imprisoned changed his life, and specifically how one particular …
review by . July 07, 2009
Going to prison in a leper colony? Strange but true. Convicted swindler, Neil White ends up spending a year in a prison that is also the only isolation colony in the US for people suffering from Hansen's Disease, commonly known as leprosy. The stories about the afflicted as well as the other inmates are told in a straightforward manner that fits the subject matter well. The people are real and you can appreciate both the tragedy of the disease and the complete humanity of the people involved. The …
review by . June 22, 2009
When I began this book I was instantly amazed to find out that the United States had a leper community in the 1990's. The story began with Neil White going to prison at Carville for kiting checks, a prison and historic leprosarium. He is instantly humbled and amazed at his surroundings. He begins, like many of us would, with a fear of the leper patients.     He eventually gets to know many of them while listening to the stories that brought them to Carville. The story continues …
review by . June 22, 2009
The description of this book was just too wild for me to ignore-- a half-prison/half-leper colony? Had to check it out. I had no idea what to expect aside from the spectacle of that pitch.    What I found was a story that truly gripped me, in simple and unassuming language. I don't mind at all that it took the author many years to publish this book; sometimes it takes that long to finish processing your own insights... and plus, this gives us a chance to get updates about what's …
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