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Monkey House Blues: A Shanghai Prison Memoir

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In 1993, Dominic Stevenson left a comfortable life with his girlfriend in Kyoto, Japan, to travel to China. His journey took him to some of the most inhospitable and dangerous places in the world, from the poppy fields of the Afghan-Pakistan border to the ancient trade routes of the Silk Road, before he was arrested for drug smuggling while boarding a boat from Shanghai to...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published March 4th 2011 by Mainstream Digital (first published 2010)
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Lots of fond reminiscing about drug use along the hippie trail.
Boring account of prison life.
Stereotypical and racist comments about Chinese and Korean people.
Author seemed knowledgeable about international politics and history, which was the saving grace of this book.
Fascinating read into life in a Chinese prison!
Mrs Mac McKenzie
This is the memoir of a young man who ended up in a Shanghai jail in China for drug smuggling.

I did enjoy reading this as it was more than a prison memoir as he peppered it with his tales of travel across Asia, and the language he uses is almost poetic in his description of his experiences. However, it is for a mature reader as there is a lot of reference to drug taking, smuggling and descriptions of drug preparation and its effects throughout the book. So reader beware.

A good read though a bit hard to follow at times. Was interesting how it gave you an insight into the Chinese culture
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