The Imprisonment of Donald T

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
193 Pages
Reviewed on 10/27/2023
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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

Whether or not you’re a Trump fan, the possibility that you have been following developments in the many indictments that Trump is facing is pretty high. Perhaps you, like me, have wondered whether the man will end up in prison. While we all speculate on the trial outcomes, Barry Robbins, author of The Imprisonment of Donald T, has put into words what many of us are pondering i.e. what would an incarcerated Trump be like? What would he be doing and saying? How would he be feeling? Would he show any remorse toward those his unbridled tongue has bashed or his dealings have crippled? Would he continue whining about rigged elections, witch hunts, fake news, and corruption in the highest levels of government? Would he expect special treatment in prison and how would he react when and if he didn’t get it?

Through this fascinating collection of vignettes, Robbins explores all these questions and many more. He paints vivid scenarios around Inmate #45892 who shares Cell #107 with Hector, one of the little business owners whose family lost everything as rents soared in the shadow of Trump’s empire. Robbins follows Trump as he performs kitchen and laundry duties, tries to exercise in the prison yard, denies he has hemorrhoids because he’s the “healthiest person” around, and pens an essay about how he is the greatest inmate because, after all, he has “always been the best at everything.” Trump cringes as he recognizes himself in hilarious poems written by other inmates, cherishes letters he receives from Putin and Ye, and cuts a lonely figure when no family members come to see him on visitation day. When a letter comes from Melania requesting a divorce and giving him some excellent reasons why she would want that, even he sees her point: imprisonment has taught him lessons he desperately needed to learn. And those of us who are non-Trump fans applaud the retributive justice that Barry Robbins has dealt Trump through a clever combination of satire, humor, realism, and pathos in this eloquently written book. I loved The Imprisonment of Donald T!

Pikasho Deka

Just as the American justice system finally seems to have caught up to the crimes of the real-life Donald Trump, Barry Robbins' fictional Donald J. Trump finds himself in a similar pickle in The Imprisonment of Donald T. Donald Trump is in prison. Unaccustomed to a life devoid of luxury or golden toilets, Donald now has the added burden of spending his days without using social media. However, his fall from grace has given him ample time for some long-needed reflection and introspection. Be it exchanging letters with other world leaders, including Donald's best friend, Vladimir Putin, befriending pigeons, or trying to cheat in board games, Donald's life behind bars is not without its share of drama. But will it be enough for the disgraced former president to get his life back on track?

Barry Robbins offers readers a timely satirical drama based on current events in the life of Donald Trump. The Imprisonment of Donald T is laugh-out-loud hilarious, thoroughly entertaining, and surprisingly poignant at times. Robbins delves into the psyche of Donald Trump and explores what makes a man like him tick. I was mildly surprised by how this portrayal of Trump is somewhat open to introspection and reflection, something his real-life counterpart has never ever given any indication of even being capable of doing. But overall, Robbins captures the personality of Trump to a T. Among the guest appearances, Marjorie Taylor Greene was my favorite. The book focuses on the struggles of a chronic narcissist whose real life is currently inching closer to this fictional self. A relevant book for anyone who enjoys political satire!

Rosie Malezer

The Imprisonment of Donald T is a satirical comedy by Barry Robbins. In 2024, Donald Trump bids farewell to his family at Mar-A-Lago and catches the bus to the penitentiary to atone for some of his many crimes. 'Donald's big red tie is replaced with a big orange jumpsuit.' It truly doesn't start much simpler, and many of the criminals now serving time with Donald are all too familiar with how dishonest the former president can be. Accustomed to having everything done his way, it takes quite some time (and many therapy sessions) for it to sink into Donald's head that his jokes and exaggerated, puffed-up tales are not tolerated by those who are not Donald himself. Over the years he serves, Donald learns that his true friendships can be counted on less than one hand and that his family has no interest whatsoever in taking time out from their lavish lives to spend any time with him. By the time Donald is released some years later, it finally sinks in that what he has left, after all the crimes he has committed and the people he has double-crossed, comes down to one thing - the only guarantee we have in life is nothing at all.

Although fiction, The Imprisonment of Donald T came across as an insightful and quite realistic account of what possibly lies ahead for the former president. Barry Robbins' outlook on Donald's future is quite grim. I felt bad for the inmates who have the man thrust upon them - being incarcerated should have been punishment enough for their crimes. The toxicity Donald oozes on every single page is quite funny, yet cringe-worthy at the same time. Going through the list of crimes throughout The Imprisonment of Donald T, I actually remembered each one perfectly. As someone from within the disabled community, I find it impossible to forget Donald's merciless and tasteless mockery of the disabled reporter from one of his interviews. While the book is quite humorous at times, I think (or rather hope) that many readers worldwide will have their eyes opened by The Imprisonment of Donald T and the many lessons it teaches on life and how to behave like a decent human being. Not only was it brilliantly written, but it leaves the reader a lot more enlightened than they'd been before their literary journey with Donald started.