From Louis Ferrante, a one-time mafia thug and federal prison inmate, comes this remarkable and moving memoir of his journey from a life of crime to that of a promising writer. Up until his incarceration, Louis Ferrante led the life of a mobster. As a young ruffian, he made his reputation by leading a street gang and shooting a neighborhood bully. Later, he became connected with John Gotti Jr. During his time with the mob, Ferrante committed the most lucrative robberies in US history, many of which are still unsolved. But soon enough, the law caught up to him.
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Later, he became connected with John Gotti Jr. During his time with the mob, Ferrante committed the most lucrative robberies in US history, many of which are still unsolved. But soon enough, the law caught up to him. In jail, Louis read his first book and a new world was opened up to him. With only what he could teach himself, Louis successfully appealed his own conviction, a landmark case that now appears in textbooks. In addition to law, Ferrante studied the three major faiths, including Buddhism.
He eventually chose to become an Orthodox Jew. After spending most of his life involved with crime or in jail, Louis Ferrante has reinvented himself as a writer.
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I've never been one for reading memoirs, biographies, or autobiographies. I don't particularly enjoy sitting around and reading about someone's life unless I am inexplicably interested in them. I read, mainly, just for my enjoyment, but there is also that element of escape. Escape from what exactly doesn't matter. Just that I can get a little while by myself, away from the so-called real world.
Because of this, I probably never would have picked up Unlocked on a whim; I tend to avoid the biograp I've never been one for reading memoirs, biographies, or autobiographies. Because of this, I probably never would have picked up Unlocked on a whim; I tend to avoid the biography and nonfiction sections in the store. Not in the creepy stalker way I hope ; , but in the "Wow, he's pretty damn interesting.
I'd love to learn more about him" way. With that thought in mind, I bought myself a copy of this book and was antsy as hell waiting for Amazon to deliver it a few days later. I read Unlocked in one day. I hate to use a word that isn't an actual word, but it was virtually unputdownable.
I was interested from the first page to the last. Louis Ferrante has lived quite a life. One thing I appreciated about Unlocked was that it was honest. It's not politically correct and he doesn't pull punches. He uses swear words and makes no apologies. Louis Ferrante says what he means and, I believe, means what he says. There's no bullshit in his writing. So, at the end of this book, I've come to realize something: While I'm still no lover of memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies, I believe I'm more amenable to reading them.
I can only hope that other ones are as honest as Unlocked. Although, I'm not holding my breath. Also, should Mr. Ferrante write other books, I feel quite confident that I will fork over the precious money for them. It outright destroyed me, the old me. I was building someone better. I longed to touch a woman, to run my fingers through her hair and listen to her soft voice. Neat or disheveled, even asleep, snoring from a stuffed nose and drooling from the corner of her mouth, a woman is beautiful.
I had to be deprived of women to realize just how precious they are. Ferrante, page Oct 14, Angelique Paiz rated it really liked it.
It was a very good book. The writing is basic and not elaborate, but brings the point across well. He seems to make no excuses or apologies for his criminal behavior, but explains it well and in a raw way. You feel as though you understand and gain some insight to a criminal's life. Jun 16, Cindy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: anyone. Shelves: memoir. The first half of this book is all about the author's time as a criminal in New York.
The second half is what happens after he gets caught and ends up doing time - where he goes from thug to victim himself.
I no longer speed on the freeway or run stop signs and will do my best to avoid New York! This book is scary! Good book by a Mafioso Ferrante has written a very good book. A decade in prison got him questioning himself for the first time in his life. He read shelves of books, listened to audio lectures, wrote a novel, and converted to Judaism. It's believable and interesting.
The book covers his life of crime, the trials, and then time in prison. It's graphic and readable, and I recommend it to people who like memoirs and true crime. I was not sure what to expect when I picked up this book and thought it looked interesting enough but I was blown away when I started reading!
This is an amazing and moving story! I hear some people say that skipped over parts that were to hard to read and this actually bothers me because I think we all need to read this book. This second half of this book tells about his life in prison and he does not sugar coat the bad parts he tells it the way it happened. This book in many ways is a reality I was not sure what to expect when I picked up this book and thought it looked interesting enough but I was blown away when I started reading!
This book in many ways is a reality check! Parts of this book were moving, some disturbing but needed to be told and Louis a an amazing man who turned his life around!
He is a very strong man and I hope he finds happiness for the rest of his life. One of the best books I have read I could not put it down until I finished it. Jan 23, Steve rated it really liked it. Louis Ferrante has a fascinating story to tell. From mobster to author - he has done something most people try to: Change. His time in prison led him to realize his life of crime was wrong, he distanced himself from his former colleagues and reinvented himself.
On the technical side I had some issues with his writing. Some of the book is disjointed - chapters jumping around, recollection upon recollection makes it sometimes confusing.
Unlocked: A Journey from Prison to Proust
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Louis Ferrante born May 13, is a former Gambino family mobster who, after spending eight and a half years in prison,  successfully appealed his conviction and became a bestselling true crime, business, and science writer. He hosts his own show airing on Discovery International in countries and was nominated for a Grierson Trust Award which is the highest documentary award in the United Kingdom, known as "the Oscars of the documentary world. Ferrante was born and raised in Queens, New York. As a teenager, he made his reputation as a gang leader.