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Title:Perfection She Dances - A True Story of Love, Drugs and Prison in Modern China
Robert Davies first went to China in 1988 as an overland backpacker and after a hair-raising two month touring Pakistan, found himself in Kashgar, the fabled Silk Road city. It was here that his life would be irrevocably changed. He fell head over heels in love with Sharapet, an Uighur/Uzbek lady who was already married with a ten-year-old daughter. Love made them blind to the bureaucracy they had to deal with and the thousands of miles they had to travel to obtain permission to marry. Sharapet's ex-husband returned from jail and sought revenge, yet their love endured, and cushioned the fall that came after Robert became involved in the trafficking of hashish. Arrested and taken 2,500 miles across China to Shanghai, he was sentenced to eight-and-a-half-years behind bars in one of the largest, most over-crowded jails in Asia. He eventually served seven-and-a-half years in Shanghai tilan Qiao Prison and Shanghai Qing Pu Prison where, along with the other western prisoners, he fought against a corrupt system in grim and draconian conditions, with death a constant threat. Robert Davies' memoirs serve as an indictment against the Chinese legal system which, he feels, blatantly used him and other foreigners as propaganda tools. But 'Perfection She Dances' is also about the deference he concedes to a prison system that fed him well, allowed him the chance to learn three languages and hone his skills in oil painting and playing the guitar. the book is a story of fatalism and inevitability; of international drug smuggling and the horrors of prison; and of a love that endured years of separation and hardship.
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