I read the book because it was the Big Library Read. I felt the book had too many stops and starts, meaning that I felt there were chapters that could be combined. At the beginning of the book, I didn't feel any empathy for the prisoners as they had committed crimes and were punished for them. By the end of the book, I realized what a great program that Dr. Bates had led. A murderer is still a human being, and having an outlet for creativity obviously helped in this situation. Larry was able to help others who are incarcerated as well as potentially help troubled youth. It was an interesting book; it shows that the inmates are not perfect, but they are still human beings. I think that if you are a lover of Shakespeare, you would be interested in reading this book.