- Paperback: 301 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan (2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405037911
- ISBN-13: 978-1405037914
- Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,376,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Schapelle Corby: My Story Paperback – 2006
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Schapelle Corby's story is like no other - a young inexperienced woman going though a nightmare of unimaginable events, jailed in Indonesia for something she didn't do. An unforgettable book. One that you will never forget.
Top customer reviews
Some parts though, the obviously less direct ones, resemble not so much genuine attempts to tell "Her Story" as to spin others for other reasons beyond the prison walls, particularly those dealing with her lawyer/financier at the time. They're not particularly well-written, and they must all be regarded with suspicion, anyhow. The motive of people are both fine and infinite.
More interesting is the detailed descriptions (apparently narrated by Corby) concerning the events that led to her arrest and incarceration in the first place. Not as manipulative-sounding as the rest. The "true" story, or, the story Corby wishes the public to perceive as "true," however you want to view it. In any case, it has the specifics of what we want -- the who, what, where, why. And from then, we can think about it ourselves: is she telling the truth? And if she is, how horrible. And if she is not, how horrible.
My personal opinion after reading it was that too much was left out of her version for it to be convincing, but that is another thing that is beside the point. I am not interested in the case because of its guilt/innocence aspect, but because here we have a human life utterly destroyed (hopefully it will one day recover) because it has been found guilty of a non-crime and punished beyond all bounds of reasonable human logic. There are major corporations in America today producing by the case far more lethal and societally harmful products than could have been contained in a dozen Corby "boogie boards" whose CEOs get not prison terms, but profits.
Even if she were guilty as charged, the punishment is what I object to. The ultimate absurdity of it. And one government trying to prove a point to another by wiping away two decades of a young woman's life. The hideous sadness of it, no matter what was in that bag or who knew about it.
I don't like the last portions of the book. Very deceitful, too much left out, too many pointedly unasked questions.
It's four stars because of the first part, which engaged me.
Most recent customer reviews
Easy to read and kept my interest till the end. Great to get an incite into her experiences.