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Education of a Felon 1st (first) edition Text Only Paperback – 2001
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_Felon_ is relatively comprehensive, describing Bunker's troubled youth and adulthood in a series of increasingly tough institutions; it details his experiences as a student, parolee, fugitive, prisoner and author.
I had two minor bones to pick: in this day and age, a Father effectively abandoning his child to the arms of an institution seems nearly incomprehensible. Perhaps I didn't understand the true motivation, but wished there had been a more suitable explanation for his father's willingness to pawn off his increasingly troubled child to any home that would have him.
I also wished that the book had covered more of Bunker's life in the last twenty-odd years. There was no explanation of Bunker encountering Tarantino or similar events that would seem to be interesting and unique. The book effectively ends with Bunker still in prison, being notified that one of his novels has been accepted by Norton for publication.
Nonetheless, I devoured the entire book in a rush and would recommend it highly. It is a worthwhile description of a complex (if atypical) life.
throughout his life. But he can write, and he opens a window to a ruthless underground jungle few of us ever see. I sure wouldn't want him as a friend (few have escaped that role unscathed) but the books are compelling. Somewhat reminiscent of Bukowski's self-justifying assault on convention: highly entertaining if taken in the right spirit.
Some of the writing is self-serving, which is to be expected, but the story as a whole is interesting, intelligent, and informational. I personally resented Mr. Bunker's constant insistence that he was a criminal because the "system" had made him one. He was a criminal because he failed to control his impulses--unless it was in his interest to do so. Even if his upbringing did not include such lessons, his experiences should have taught him that certain actions have certain consequences and it would be a good idea not to keep repeating them.
This was my first in-depth look into a life of crime that I thought was believable. All in all, Mr. Bunker is to be commended for giving readers the opportunity to see inside jails, prisons, reformatories, etc. and the people who inhabit them.
Just ask Eddie Bunker, who serves up a crackling, earthy, deadpan honest and infuriatingly good read in "Education of a Felon", which just goes to show that if our man Eddie had been born on a beach in Tunis about two thousand years ago, he would probably have been St. Augustine.
No, seriously: stay with me for a second. I'm not just trying to get a rise outta ya.
But first, let's get all the turkey and trimmings out of the way: "Education" is a rippingly good true-crime read about a kid born and raised in the seamier shadow of Hollywood, a few years after they sheared "Land" off the famous hillside sign.
Bunker is a kid whose chorus girl mother left his alcoholic stagehand father, a kid who made the rounds of every boarding school, military school, and afternoon-orphange in town, a kid who wanted to get out there---you know, out there, Man, on the drive, around the town, in a loud, lavish 52 Chrysler, with a hot blonde bombshell on his arm, doing the town. A kid who made one stupid move after another, engaged in petty crime, and ultimately spent the bulk of his life in one p*ss-reeking cell after another in San Quentin.
Eddie Bunker might not have been born to be bad, but he sure grew that way.
Now: because American society languishes, for the most part, in the suburbs, and because most reasonably-heeled American men go from cradle to corpse without running afoul of the law, there is a mystifying tendency in America to glorify, to idealize, to ennoble the badman.Read more ›
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Eddie Bunker is one hell of a writer. This is fascinating stuff because it covers California prison culture (from a first person perspective) before the race riots of the 1960s... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Daniel-619
It is not the book I am referring to here, as Edward Bunker is or was a surprising writer of some descriptive measure. I have not read this book nor can I. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Adam Kadmon
I have re-read this book several times. It paints a wonderful image of Los Angeles, ... I mean that part of the city you don't ever see.Published 13 months ago by Chris Ingram
One of my all time favs. I can't remember how I came across it but I've read it five times.Published 14 months ago by troy eli borrero
I loved this memoir! If you're a fan of true crime stories and/or an Eddie Bunker fan. Buy this book!Published 17 months ago by Mark
My son is in prison and reads all of Edward Bunker books, after he reads them he passes them on to other inmates.Published 18 months ago by Linda J. Matulich
How you regard this book and the author, Edward Bunker, will depend in no small amount on what you already know of felonious conduct and those who did it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lew Troop