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Gweilo: Memories Of A Hong Kong Childhood by Martin Booth Online



Gweilo: Memories Of A Hong Kong Childhood

Gweilo: Memories Of A Hong Kong Childhood

  • Title: Gweilo: Memories Of A Hong Kong Childhood
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  • ISBN : 9780553816723
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 384 pages


Martin Booth died in February 2004, shortly after finishing the book that would be his epitaph this wonderfully remembered, beautifully told memoir of a childhood lived to the full in a far flung outpost of the British EmpireAn inquisitive seven year old, Martin Booth found himself with the whole of Hong Kong at his feet when his father was posted there in the early 1 Martin Booth died in February 2004, shortly after finishing the book that would be his epitaph this wonderfully remembered, beautifully told memoir of a childhood lived to the full in a far flung outpost of the British EmpireAn inquisitive seven year old, Martin Booth found himself with the whole of Hong Kong at his feet when his father was posted there in the early 1950s Unrestricted by parental control and blessed with bright blond hair that signified good luck to the Chinese, he had free access to hidden corners of the colony normally closed to a Gweilo, a pale fellow like him Befriending rickshaw coolies and local stallholders, he learnt Cantonese, sampled delicacies such as boiled water beetles and one hundred year old eggs, and participated in colourful festivals He even entered the forbidden Kowloon Walled City, wandered into the secret lair of the Triads and visited an opium den Along the way he encountered a colourful array of people, from the plink plonk man with his dancing monkey to Nagasaki Jim, a drunken child molester, and the Queen of Kowloon, the crazed tramp who may have been a member of the Romanov family.Shadowed by the unhappiness of his warring parents, a broad minded mother who, like her son, was keen to embrace all things Chinese, and a bigoted father who was enraged by his family s interest in going native , Martin Booth s compelling memoir is a journey into Chinese culture and an extinct colonial way of life that glows with infectious curiosity and humour


Author Martin Booth

Martin Booth was a prolific British novelist and poet He also worked as a teacher and screenwriter, and was the founder of the Sceptre Press.




Gweilo: Memories Of A Hong Kong Childhood Reviews (31)

  • This book grabbed me big time and will stay with me long time I have lived in Hong Kong for 16 years and have always wondered what it was really like before WW II and in the immediate post war years before it exploded How Booth remembered everything is beyond me but he manages to recall names and pl [..]

  • Martin Booth was an author of whom I was unfamiliar A few years ago, on a plane back to the states, he was recommended to me by the gentleman in the next seat, so when I happened upon this volume, it was quickly added to my collection Lucky me From the very first page to the very last page, I was an [..]

  • I love this book, but probably because I spent 10 years of my life living in Hong Kong While in Hong Kong, I lived between the world of white, colonial expat , and Chinese local This book is about a rich, white, expat, European, colonial boy that crosses over to the mysterious side of the local ofte [..]

  • Autobiography of an English boy of aged 7 9 growing up in Hong Kong in the 50s Exploring on his own infamous Kowloon walled city wild bits of The Peak etc , and also the contrast in the way his parents adapted to the life of expats, and their new home His father was a mean spirited man with chips on [..]

  • Very much resonated with me My family and I spent three years in Hong Kong from January 1956 to December 1959 on both Hong Kong side and Kowloon I swam at Repulse Bay, Stonecutters, Shek O and other beaches, visited Tiger Balm gardens, walked Happy Valley cemetery and rode the Peak Tram many times I [..]

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