4,000 Days: My Life and Survival in a Bangkok Prison

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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In the late 1970s, author Warren Fellows and two of his friends had the perfect scheme: they would traffic heroin between Australia and Thailand, concealing it flawlessly in high-tech, invisible compartments in suitcases. The money was there, and the process seemed foolproof--especially because they hadn't gotten caught in all their prior attempts at smuggling. But in 1978, all that would change, and Fellows would spend the next twelve years of his life enduring violations of his human rights of unimaginable hideousness.

Fellows, convicted in Thailand, spent these twelve years in Bangkok's infamous Bang Kwang prison, witnessing atrocities committed by both prison officials and his fellow inmates. He survived countless torturous beatings, was forced to eat rats, and endured solitary confinement under terrifyingly inhumane conditions. On a daily basis, Fellows also witnessed the torture and execution of those around him, their screams as common as the insects and vermin in his cell. Many of the prisoners in Bang Kwang turned to heroin--the vice that landed Fellows there in the first place--to escape their daily nightmares, and the prison guards often helped feed this deadly addiction.

Fellows, now a free man, has lived to write about these twelve ghastly years. He has captured the filth, pain, anger, hopelessness, and torture of life in a Thai prison with vivid, engrossing detail and brutal honesty.
  

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User Review  - dickcraig - LibraryThing

Even though this was an intense description of the horrors of a Bangkok Prison, I never seemed to get into identifying with this author. I think a better editor could have made the story much more readable. Read full review

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User Review  - HvyMetalMG - LibraryThing

Gut wrenching account of an Australian spending time in aTahiland prison. Not a pretty picture. Maybe we should re-think just how good we have it in this country. Not once does the author make you ... Read full review

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Contents

CHANCE
1
THAILAND
22
SIGNS
34
HELL
41
MONKEY HOUSE
50
THE FUN FACTORY
58
DRUGS
86
TRIAL
108
DEATH
129
LARD YAO
144
MUTINY
151
LIFE
158
THE LAST DAY
180
HOME
183
EPILOGUE
202
STANDARD MINIMUM RULES FOR THE TREATMENT OF PRISONERS
205

BIG TIGER
116

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About the author (2000)

Warren Fellows is now forty-four years old and has been a free man since his return from Thailand in 1989. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his mother.

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