SHAKING IT ROUGH (memoir)
Doubleday, Toronto/New York, 1976.
Goodread Biographies (Lorimer Publications), 1983.
“Andreas Schroeder has written one of the best prison books
to date – a personal meditation that at times approaches lyricism, and an
astonishingly fair-minded account of the system.” Margaret Atwood, novelist,
“Shaking It Rough will shake up more than a few Canadians
who labour under all sorts of misconceptions about life in our prisons.”
Farley Mowat, author, activist.
“Rarely has a writer as sensitive and observant as Schroeder
come out of the prison sufficiently unscarred to be able to treat the subject
of prison with clear-eyed objectivity. The result is a book that tells it
exactly like it is, reaching insights into the failure of the prison system
that have never been reached before.” Harold Horwood, novelist, activist.
“One could almost be grateful to the government for throwing
Schroeder in the can; the experienced produced this haunting evocation of an
alternate life. One meets, in this story of doing time, not a criminal, but
one’s self.” Robert Kroetsch, novelist, poet.
“In a work of both self-discovery and discovery of other’s
reality, Schroeder articulates for those inarticulate Inside. A remarkable and
moving book.” Margaret Laurence, novelist.
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