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Remain Free: A Memoir Hardcover – September 21, 2015
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Remain Free is not just a recounting of the politics, harsh realities, and humanity of Troy Davis, it is the personal story of a young man's disillusionment with the legal system and society in general, and how he is driven to change the world...Remain Free is thought provoking and in bringing out Troy Davis's personality, Narula humanizes the people on death row...[it] definitely provides a perspective on the case that can't be found anywhere else....Gautam Narula is clearly an exceptionally good writer. --Reader Views
Before festivities for the Georgia Author of the Year Awards ceremony began last month, many of the contenders for Best Memoir were already conceding defeat because Jimmy Carter s book, A Full Life, was a nominee. So imagine everyone's surprise when the former president of the United States lost out to 22-year-old Gautam Narula for his self-published book Remain Free about his relationship with former death row inmate Troy Davis, who was executed in 2011...[I] was thoroughly impressed with [Narula's] intelligence and compassion. --Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Remain Free is the moving account of Narula s growing friendship with Davis until Davis s execution in 2011...Meticulously documenting interactions with Davis by sharing letters and detailed accounts of visits and interviews, the memoir creates a textured portrayal of Davis that goes way beyond his often sensationalist media coverage. As we see the growing friendship between Narula and Davis, we come to appreciate the significance of the weighty issues Narula grapples with: The morality of the death penalty, the flaws of the justice system and the flawed people who run it, and the inhuman cost of living in the social habitat of a 'high-security prison.' --Georgia Author of the Year Award
About the Author
Gautam Narula is a writer and software engineer. He has written for the Georgia Political Review, and in the past worked as an intern and volunteer for Amnesty International.
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Top Customer Reviews
Both Narula and Davis are authentic moral and intellectual lights who are ill-served by our world of institutional metrics. They are reminders that our inner lives can and should be rich, and that the outer world should be a reflection of the richness. It seldom is, however. Yet those of who do care have a responsibility to lift up lives lived this way so that they can change our culture in a more positive direction. Though Davis could not be spared by the letter of the law, those who care about the spirit of the law and who occupy positions of power can wield their power, even in subtle ways, to enable justice to be served and for the innocent to be set free.
Troy Davis is one the most famous death row inmates in the world, and Narula details the development of his involvement with the Troy Davis case over the course of this book. This book starts with the then 15 year old Narula sending a letter to Troy Davis, and it ends with the author mourning the loss of the man that had become like family to him. This book includes a lot of the personal correspondance (letters, emails, and phone conversations) between Troy Davis and Narula to describe Troy’s personality and the author’s own character development. People rarely know anything beyond what they have heard on the news about the accused, and Remain Free provides a rare glimpse into the other side of the story.
Even though your views may differ from those of the author, I would recommend that you take the time to read this book. Very few people have had the same experiences as Narula, and I believe this book offers a valuable perspective for anyone interested in learning more about the death penalty.