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48. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK by Piper Kerman

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Now watching:  ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK Season 1 Episode 5 : THE CHICKENING

I must say that i am pretty much enjoying the first few episodes of this not so latest series of Netflix.  I know, it is already on it second season since it premiered last year, but I just got my hands on it last month.  And boy, ive been impressed!  It was an overhaul version of the book that i just read last month, but still I am quite thrilled to see these girls come alive in the tv screens.  Well, they did a lot of changes, major ones, like the names and the sequences of events, plus the characterization of each and every people Piper met while doing her time in jail, but still I cannot shake the fact that i already did have an idea before i watch them on tv.  This version is quite more explicit than its written counterpart, since it is more visual and vivid, seen by the naked eyes.  But honestly, im hooked.  Taylor Schilling is really fit for the job.

I am really looking forward for more wonderful episodes of OITNB.  Not that i want to experience it myself in real life, though!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Orange is the New Black book cover

 

“With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424—one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system. From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison—why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they’re there. — goodreads”

MEMOIR. the first that i was able to read one. in all honesty, i was excited to read this because of its Netflix’s adaptation. i heard about the book mainly because of the show. As much as i wanted to dive into watching, i would really want to have a headstart by scanning through it. hence, i listened into its audiobook counterpart. What did i get? Yes, a true-to-life-story, personal experience, blow-by-blow updates of a day-to-day life inside prison. Though it was very factual and informative, i lost track of all the names and their doings. Yes, some of them stuck to my mind because Piper was constantly mentioning them, but unfortunately, the way she sometimes narrated, truly confusing. Jumping from one topic to another, the flow was just frustrating to follow through. it was because she wanted to put all of those details, even the most minute ones, to emphasize, or rather to squeeze in the one year chock of informations about her imprisonment.

The book was really an eye opener for me. though, it happened at the other end of the geographical world, far from my local home, i believe it doesn’t fall far away from the realities and actuality of the situations, also happening in every prison cells in my country and others. the book revealed most of the unfairness and mistreatment, racial discrimination, impartialities of the justice system.

Though, Piper seemed to get away from the harsh truth of being confined in jail, by being helpful and friendly to everybody, by constantly using her good and charmed looks, by befriending who’s who while inside, and by being tagged as rich, blue-eyed, white blond who almost got everything she wanted, there was no mistaking that still, she lost some of her good months away from her family and loved ones. nobody dreams of going into jail, thus i assumed that in that one year, she really learned her lesson well, along with other useful crafts she did inside.

The conclusion tugged my heart, as the reconciliation with Larry gave a wonderful feeling. i just wish she mentioned more of the life outside, especially with all the bonds she formed with other inmates, i just wish she remained in touch with them. because in a lot of ways, these women had impart life wisdoms to her that she will carry through and remember for the rest of her life.

I’m glad, somehow, i knew one Piper Kerman out there.

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