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Monkey House Blues In 1993 Dominic Stevenson left a comfortable life living 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 Japan After eight months on remand in a Chinese police lock up Stevenson was sentenced to two and a half years in one of the biggest prisons in the world the Shanghai Municipal Prison aka The Monkey House There he was imprisoned alongside just five westerners amongst five thousand Chinese criminals in a block for death row inmates and political prisoners where the guards drank green tea and let the prison run itself The experience led him to reflect on his previous life in Japan India and Thailand during which time he took on a varied array of jobs including English teacher karaoke bar host factory worker busker crystal seller dope smuggler and film extra From Afghan gun shops to Tibetan monasteries Thai brothels and the stirrings of the rave culture in Goa Monkey House Blues is a tale of discovery and rediscovery of friendship and betrayal An original and picaresue tale of love loss and awakening in a Chinese prison

  • Paperback
  • 240 pages
  • Monkey House Blues
  • Dominic Stevenson
  • English
  • 03 August 2016
  • 9781845965662

3 thoughts on “Monkey House Blues

  1. Mrs Mac McKenzie Mrs Mac McKenzie says:

    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 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

  2. Maureen Maureen says:

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

  3. Mouna Mouna says:

    Fascinating read into life in a Chinese prison

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