• Title: In The Sanctuary Of Outcasts
  • Author: Neil W. White III
  • ISBN: 9780061790782
  • Page: 456
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  • In The Sanctuary Of Outcasts White bought into the modern American Dream hook line and sinker By the time he was in his early s he had it all a successful business a mansion luxury cars designer clothing fancy meals a
    White bought into the modern American Dream, hook, line, and sinker By the time he was in his early 30s, he had it all a successful business, a mansion, luxury cars, designer clothing, fancy meals, a beautiful wife and children The problem was he didn t have the money to pay for it So he began kiting checks, a strategy not lost on the FBI White soon found himself sentWhite bought into the modern American Dream, hook, line, and sinker By the time he was in his early 30s, he had it all a successful business, a mansion, luxury cars, designer clothing, fancy meals, a beautiful wife and children The problem was he didn t have the money to pay for it So he began kiting checks, a strategy not lost on the FBI White soon found himself sentenced to a year and a half in prison, and all evidence of the good life vanished.Justice, it turned out, would be than skin deep White, who had worshipped the superficial manifestations of wealth and prided himself on dating the most beautiful women in school, was assigned to Carville, a prison that doubled as a leper colony Everything about Carville was tailor made to Make White rethink his priorities, but he didn t change overnight He merely counted his sentence as a minor setback in his rise to fame and fortune Then he met Ella, an 80 year old double amputee who was ripped from her family as a child and lived her entire life at Carville In the victims of leprosy he met at Carville, White found dignity, the kind of wisdom money can t buy, and friendship without strings attached As White turned his incarceration into a crusade to end the stigma of leprosy, he learned lessons in humility, generosity, and the simple transcendent beauty of the human spirit His story is well worth reading.Barnes Noble Discover Great New Writers Fall 2009 Selection

    One Reply to “In The Sanctuary Of Outcasts”

    1. داستانیه که همزامان که بهت الهام میده، تصمیماتت رو زیر سوال میبره. وقتی که همه چیز از دست بره، وقتی که همه چیز ازت گرفته بشه، اونوقت چی واقعا مهمه؟ آقای وایت بهتون میگه که جواب این سوال چیه. بخش 77 کتاب واقعا دوست داشتنی بود، وقتی بطری ها رو برگردوندن، اونا یه گوشه اتاق انبار شده [...]

    2. I did not hate reading this book, but I wanted to punch the author repeatedly through it. What an arrogant, spoiled person. I did enjoy learning about Carville, and I wish the book would have focused more on the lepor colony than Mr. White's inability to admit he did something wrong. I will look into leporcy more on my own, it seems like an interesting topic that I know little about. I am so looking forward to tearing this guy apart at our book club!

    3. A driven writer and entrepreneur, Neil White, played fast and loose with other people’s trust, manipulated money around in a way that was frowned upon by our legal statutes, and found himself a guest of the government at a penal institution that also served as America’s last leper colony. In the Sanctuary of Outcasts tells of his one year stay there, what he saw and learned, not only about our criminal incarceration system but about the history of leprosy, both the textbook learning and the [...]

    4. Can I give it 6 stars?A real treat for me was to have a few moments here and there to sneak off and read a few chapters of this book. I knew how the story ended but I was endeared to the characters whether they were inmates or patients and could not wait to find out what they were going to get into next.Some of the reviewers of this book could not get past Mr. White's high opinion of himself early on in his life. Some folks have to learn things the hard way and Mr. White was one of them. He was [...]

    5. White lived through an experience that could have made for a remarkable story. He spent 18 months in jail with a doctor who invented treatments for Lyme disease and certain forms of cancer; the mob lawyer Frank Ragano; and dozens of leprosy patients.But I think White could have told his story better. I wasn't interested in his personal reflections at all. White arrived at the prison afraid of the leprosy patients, and then he suddenly fell in love with them, and I still don't understand exactly [...]

    6. In the Sanctuary of Outcasts is well written, compelling, and entertaining. My reader-brain loved White's interesting characters, vivid descriptions, and witty dialogue. The writer in me was drawn to Neil White's use of contrasting themes and images: the quiet contentment of the leper colony vs. the violence and unrest of the adjacent prison, the peaceful setting of the oak-lined plantation turned leprosarium against the sparse accommodations of the prison cell, the misshapen limbs of the sick v [...]

    7. This is a difficult book for me to review. On the one hand it is highly readable and for the most part very engaging, but on the other hand it's, well It's hard to exactly define the negative, which is why this book is difficult for me to review. It's difficult to understand why the author wrote this book. There is some humor, but it's not funny enough for that to be the focal point. There are some insights in it, but it's not insightful enough for that to be the thrust of the book. There is his [...]

    8. “Surely, healthy people—even inmates would not be imprisoned with lepers”Former publisher Neil White is convicted of check fraud, and sentenced to one year at Carville, a minimum security prison. It is only when he arrives that he discovers that Carville also houses Hansen Disease patients, or as they are commonly known—lepers. Mildly disgusted and reasonably terrified White serves his time amongst these “outcasts”. Determined to spin his legal setback to his favor, he approaches the [...]

    9. I don't know where to start. I read this book in one day,so obviously it was good. I enjoyed "watching" Neil learn and grow as a person during his year of incarceration. There were some very interisting characters. I was quite fond of Ella and Link. White did a good job describing what he saw and a bit of how he felt, but I feel he lacked in his descriptions. He could have made the book much more rich had he described not only what he saw and how he felt, but if had described how things smelled, [...]

    10. Neil White was a supremely successful southern business man, first a reporter, than a publisher, with a beautiful wife, lovely children, gorgeous homes and a yacht. He was a leader in the business community, contributed to many charities, and was an elite philanthropist, who traveled the world in high style.White’s world came crashing down when he was arrested for kiting million dollar checks and committing financial fraud by the FBI. White was sentenced to 18 months incarceration in Carville [...]

    11. An unexpectedly moving (and funny) memoir!When Neil White was sentenced to Federal Prison in the early 1990's for check kiting, the last place he certainly expected to be incarcerated was in a facility that also served as a community for victims of Hansen's Disease -- leprosy -- many of whom had been quarantined decades earlier and had few or no options for living anywhere else.White, who enters the place with understandable misgivings and a truckload of hubris, emerges over a year later with a [...]

    12. This book has an intriguing concept, but the execution was barely tolerable. The white collar criminal/journalist went into a federal prison/leproasaurium as a shallow, self-absorbed, self-aggrandizing guy and emerged 18 months later as a slightly less shallow, self-absorbed, self-aggrandizing guy. His decision to write about his experiences seems pretty calculated and I got tired of hearing how handsome & privileged he had been and about all the beauty queens he dated in college. He does se [...]

    13. I read this in my book group, and although it wasn't a favorite with any of us, we agreed it was an interesting story, about leprosy and a leper colony, and a man trying to turn his life around. Certainly not a happy, uplifting tale though.

    14. If you liked "The Glass Castle", and, "The Tender Bar" you will love "In the Sanctuary of Outcasts". This is a memoir of Neil White. Neil was always told and believed that he would be "Big" someday. After he graduated from college as a journalist he became a magazine publisher. Life was good; he was married to a beautiful woman and had two lovely children. He also had the best in clothes, cars, and homes. He was generous to the communtiy, church, and friends.The "Good" life was soon to come to a [...]

    15. I started this book with eagerness- interested in learning more about a place that has lingered in the outskirts of my memory since childhood. My grandmother spent her entire working life as an employee of the hospital (just known as "Carville" growing up). We would visit her at Carville as children and young teens, bringing her lunch or walking the levee. Every Independence Day we would park the entire family on the levee across from the hospital to watch the fireworks that I was told were mean [...]

    16. Neil White was once a very successful publisher of high-end travel magazines. He had everything - a beautiful wife, lovely kids, an exquisite home - and a massively inflated self-image. He started kiting checks, and he got caught and sent to prison. And by an amazing stroke of luck, he was sent to prison in Carville, LA, at the site of the only "leper colony" extant in the US. (Nowadays, people with Hansen's Disease are treated in their own communities.) This is his memoir of that experience, an [...]

    17. In the early nineties, Neil White was incarcerated in Carville, Louisiana for kiting checks (and don’t ask me to explain what that is because I’m still trying to understand how it all works). As an educated, formerly wealthy man, White had difficulty coming to terms with his prison sentence but soon became interested in the history of the place where he was imprisoned.Carville was actually a sanctuary (or prison, you might say) for U.S. leprosy patients. Many were taken away or brought by th [...]

    18. I thought this memoir was great. An overly-ambitious financier defrauds his banks and investors, and is sent to a minimum security federal prison in Louisiana which also turns out to be the last refuge in the United States for sufferers of leprosy. (The latter are considered "patients" in the facility and have committed no crimes.)Along the way he meets some memorable characters that ultimately help him accept what his new life as an outcast (ex-con) will be like. My favorite part of the book wa [...]

    19. I got a lot more than I bargained for with his one. A friend reviewed this book on and as I was reading her review I realized that I had been at Carville prison/leprsorium a few years back. I read the book because of that chance visit. I was totally fascinated by the story; not of the author's misdeeds but the story of Carville. White did an excellent job of portraying the atmosphere of a most unique place. At the very end of the book, as White is nearing his release, he expresses his hope to f [...]

    20. The first thing that I noticed were the enormous Spanish Oak on the cover, which is practically the secret Southern handshake of cover art. White is not just writing about lepers and criminals, he is writing a true story of the South. Some readers may not appreciate the occasional unrelated detail or bit of family history, but they are integral to White's Ole Miss-educated, Big Man on Campus, Good People tale. And the author's deep involvement in and appreciation of Gulf Coast culture add rich l [...]

    21. As a history buff, I was entranced by this rich account of Louisiana's Carville Leper Colony and its many residents. Ella was just a child when the authorities discovered her leperosy. Her father gave her a humble feast of her favorite foods, and then he gently accompanied her to Carville, where she would live the rest of her life. Hansen's Disease would rob her of her freedom and her legs, but not her kindness and her dignity.The author was incarcerated for one year at Carville, which for a num [...]

    22. An interesting read about the last leprosy colony in the continental United States. Just like the wonderful book, Molokai', I was surprised that such a place existed in recent times and the way our society treated the people who had the disease. Unlike Molokai', this book does not warrant 4 or 5 stars. There are some really strong reviews, both negative and positive, on GRs. I didn't feel that strongly one way or the other. Yes, the author seems to be spoiled and conceited, but I found the book [...]

    23. This book was so enjoyable that every night I was delighted to climb into bed and continue reading. White brings the people he encounters in the "sanctuary" to life with poignancy and a sense of humor. He makes the location in which they are incarcerated so vivid that I could see the place in my mind's eye. I liked the book so much that I recommended it to a friend who is a movie producer but apparently the rights were already optioned. Just to get such a good story I think it was worth it for N [...]

    24. I most enjoyed the history and the descriptions of the beautiful souls found within the leprosarium. It also spoke volumes to me in regards to the encounters Jesus had with people with leprosy. 2000+ years ago He had no fear. No hesitation. Welcomed them into his presence. Wishing and willing to restore them completely. His love remains unmatched even today! ❤️As for the author, some in my book club hesitate to believe he’s really changed. As for me, I’m assuming it did have a lasting im [...]

    25. Memoir of the time Neil White spend in a federal prison along side patients with Hansen's disease at Indian Camp Plantation in Carville, LA . Indian Camp was in the past a inpatient facility for patients with leprosy. It is located in Iberville Parish Louisiana. I'm from Iberville Parish and have always had an interest. There is a museum there that I would like to visit as well. Well written.

    26. Nicely written memoir of a check-kiting publisher's time in minimum security prison which happened to be housed along with the Hansen's Disease Center in Carville, LA. Gave good glimpses of both the prisoner and patient cultures during this unique time; the center no longer houses either population. I was a little skeptical of White's facts when early in the book he said that the temperature most summer days was in the 100's; that is extremely rare in the humid gulf coast. But in general he capt [...]

    27. This is the story of a year spent in a minimum-security prison — one that is also home to a colony of Hansen’s disease — leprosy — patients.The colony dates back to the late 1800s, before treatment for leprosy was available; many of the patients there when the author did his time had lived there for decades. The prison had not been there so long; it was added when treatment allowed HD patients to live their lives outside the hospital. It’s a fascinating history, and I expect that many [...]

    28. In the mid-1990s Neil White defrauded creditors out of their money and was sentenced to spend time in a federal minimum-security prison. He recounts his time spent in that prison in his memoir, In The Sanctuary of Outcasts, which gives the reader a glimpse into two societies shut off from the mainstream: prisoners and leprosy patients. The story fascinates from the start, when White tells of his wife dropping him off at the prison gatehouse. He is early, and he has to wait to be checked in. Ever [...]

    29. In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil WhiteReview by Riana Hunter In the Sanctuary of Outcasts is a memoir written by Neil White about his time in Carville Prison. He was a well to do man with a son, daughter, wife, and lots of money that he made from the many magazines that he owned. In order to build his enterprise, he resorted to check kiting and eventually was sentenced 16 months in federal state prison for money laundering. When he arrived at the prison, he was shocked to discover that Carvi [...]

    30. I probably shouldn't have read this so soon after Orange is the New Black. Or maybe read them in reverse order. But after reading Piper Kerman's story, I am less sympathetic to Neil White's. He is not only a people-pleaser, but someone who is pretty obsessed with outwards appearances and keeping-up-with-the-Joneses. Because of this, he ends up check kiting when his magazine publishing business gets into financial straits. The first time it happens, in Oxford, Mississippi with a newspaper, he was [...]

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