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Birdman of Alcatraz [Import]
Birdman of Alcatraz [Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of most enlightening performances on screen ever made..., July 9 2001
After spending more than half of his life in solitary, when a convict (sentenced for having killed 2 people) says: "Life is one of the most precious gift and its the duty of life to live", one wonders if redemption was over or not for him. Though, he never came out of the prison, but redemption in the sense of understanding the meaning of life certainly unfolded to this ornithologist, who became a self-taught authority on curing bird's diseases while serving life-sentence. This movie is an amazing depiction of a true story, about dedication, perseverance and relentless pursuit of "free thinking" from a prisoner-turned-author.

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch (Signet Classics)
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch (Signet Classics)
by Alexander Solzhenitsyn Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prison and harmony ?...!, May 21 2000
I found the author's description of the prison life very vivid and rather disturbing, till I came across the following quotes that the author made during his Nobel lectures on literature:
"The artist is only given to sense more keenly than others the harmony of the world and all the beauty and savagery of man's contribution to it -- and communicate this poignantly to people. And even in the midst of failure and down at the lowest depths of existance -- in poverty, prison, illness -- the sensation of a stable harmony will never him."
Sages and philosphers are sometimes made in the prison: but I am sure the author was gifted at birth with the ability to communicate poignanty to people his experiences, and illuminate them from darkness, and kindle a sensation of harmony in them.

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