PDF READ Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood


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  1. says: PDF READ Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood

    PDF READ Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood 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

  2. says: PDF READ Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood Martin Booth ☆ 1 READ

    PDF READ Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood Gweilo Memories Of A Hong Kong Childhood is the memoir of Martin Booth's time as a child in colonial Hong Kong His father is in the Navy and gets posted to the country after the war In typical 1950s fashion Martin is left to explore the place on his own Booth wrote this book for his children when he was diagnosed with brain cancer

  3. says: CHARACTERS Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood CHARACTERS ´ MEDCA.XYZ ☆ Martin Booth Martin Booth ☆ 1 READ

    CHARACTERS Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood PDF READ Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood 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 often poor Chinese He can cross over and experience the other side of his world because he is a little boy and can make friends

  4. says: Martin Booth ☆ 1 READ CHARACTERS ´ MEDCA.XYZ ☆ Martin Booth PDF READ Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood

    CHARACTERS ´ MEDCA.XYZ ☆ Martin Booth PDF READ Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood Martin Booth ☆ 1 READ 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 his shoulder and a drink problem but in desc

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    PDF READ Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood 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 uickly added to my collection Lucky me From the very first page to the very last page I was an involved reader thanks to the literary skills o

  6. says: PDF READ Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood

    PDF READ Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood This was a wonderful read edging into five star territory evocative and compelling about a place and a time long

  7. says: CHARACTERS ´ MEDCA.XYZ ☆ Martin Booth PDF READ Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood

    Martin Booth ☆ 1 READ CHARACTERS ´ MEDCA.XYZ ☆ Martin Booth PDF READ Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood 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 was nine years old when m

  8. says: PDF READ Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood

    CHARACTERS Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood Martin Booth ☆ 1 READ PDF READ Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood Superb memoir of growing up in Hong KongI lived in Hong Kong for seven years and this very successfully captures the excitement noisesmells and thrills of the far eastGreat characters leap from the pages and propel you back to the days of empireI recall that Martin Booth wrote the book to provide his grandchildren with an understanding of what it was like to grow up in a different era in an exotic location he succeeded

  9. says: CHARACTERS Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood Martin Booth ☆ 1 READ CHARACTERS ´ MEDCA.XYZ ☆ Martin Booth

    CHARACTERS ´ MEDCA.XYZ ☆ Martin Booth PDF READ Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood A fascinating adventure indeed This book sheds curious lights to the on going 'occupy central' demonstrations in HK right now I was marvelled at martin's dexterity of recounting his childhood happenings Joyce is such a wonderful individual loving compassionate and righteous I am intrigued to find out Martin's other masterpieces

  10. says: PDF READ Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood Martin Booth ☆ 1 READ CHARACTERS Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood

    PDF READ Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood I really enjoyed this book Part of its appeal of course is that we lived in Hong Kong for four years so the streets landmarks beaches temples Booth mentions are familiar to me But he has also captured a time gone by HK in the 50s man

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  • Paperback
  • 352
  • Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood
  • Martin Booth
  • English
  • 13 December 2018
  • 9780312426262

CHARACTERS Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood

CHARACTERS Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood Martin Booth ☆ 1 READ READ ¹ Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood Azed tramp who may have been a Romanov Martin saw it all but his memoir illustrates a deeper challenge in his warring parents This is an intimate and powerful memory of a place and time now pa. 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 was nine years old when my father was posted with the army to Hong Kong and Martin s life was almost an exact copy of my life except perhaps for some of the seedier visits he made and which as a girl I was unable to see But Martin did not mention the many visits to the shopping alleys on Hong Kong side where my mother sister and I spent many hours happily purchasing fabric and things like glittery party slippers He did not mention the food hanging outside shops freuented by flies and other bugs and which my mother sister and I would not eat under any circumstance So many memories many forgotten events such as the happy arrival of the comics from Britain in brown surface mail wrappers complete with string pulls the wooden ramps on and off the Star Ferry which swayed dangerously in the tides and yes one often saw things in the water that one would rather not see including raw sewage baby corpses and loads of dead cats and dogs I even ran the halls of the Peninsula Hotel tracking down celebrities of the day for autographs Hong Kong in the 50ies was a wonderful place to be but Martin portrayed it as mostly idyllic at least for a boy who was pretty much left to his own resources Life for a girl was a little restrictive Rain flooding down those nullahs which I played in when the water was a trickle took the life of a British boy when he fell in and his body washed out miles away into the Bay A school friend of mine fell out of a Bedford truck on the way home from school when the driver had to slam on the brakes for someone crossing the road carelessly She died But the people of Hong Kong were lovely to children and you were often on the receiving end of generosity never experienced in the UKI am sure that Martin s path and mine could have possibly crossed when he returned to Hong Kong in 1959 but he was three years older than me and when one is only 1112 and he would have been 1415 we would not have had a lot in common save for the military background But I am sure that as adults had he survived we would have had a wonderful time chatting about life in Hong Kong Thank you Martin for re opening the doors for me

CHARACTERS ´ MEDCA.XYZ ☆ Martin BoothGweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood

CHARACTERS Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood Martin Booth ☆ 1 READ READ ¹ Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood F the colony normally closed to a gweilo a pale fellow like him From the plink plonk man with his dancing monkey to Nagasaki Jim and from a drunken child molester to the ueen of Kowloon the cr. This was a wonderful read edging into five star territory evocative and compelling about a place and a time long gone and yet I can t ignore two overarching issues The first is the author s age especially at the start of the memoir seven going on thirty seven it seems as he was a tiny man about town where he didn t even speak the language at first I m not sure how much is memory and how much is later projection especially given that the author returned to Hong Kong in a few years for good and it seems likely later experiences overlaid his earliest memories I m willing to give that a pass but troubling is his account of his parents relationship where while the author is on his mother s side and portrays his father as a vicious buffoon it s entirely obvious that she actively sought to undermine his relationship with his father to the point of cozening reactions that resulted in physical punishment His father was a Colonel Blimp but unintentionally on the author s part his mother comes off eually badly There s not always two sides to every story but it seems clear there were in this case

Martin Booth ☆ 1 READ

CHARACTERS Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood Martin Booth ☆ 1 READ READ ¹ Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood At seven years old Martin Booth found himself with all of Hong Kong at his feet when his father was posted there in 1952 This is his memoir of that youth a time when he had access to corners o. 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 places with startling accuracy It is also the story of a boy taking advantage of an opportunity to explore a different culture and growing up uickly in the process In its way it also portrays a basic conflict when it contrasts the viewpoints of Martin s father an arrogant closed minded bureaucrat and his mother who was open to learning and becoming a part of the Chinese Community Having been here for so many years I can almost immediately spot the ex pat ghetto inhabitants as opposed to the folks with an open mind and an adventurous and exploratory spirit It mostly has to do with basic respect for individuals Respect for others will get you a long wayBooth s descriptions are wonderful and I can almost feel Hong Kong as it was when he lived here In some ways it reminds me of my first trips here when I would just walk the streets until I got lost His writing gave me the same sense I have that this is a Chinese City and always has been It s easy to think it is totally Westernized but just as it was never a British city it is not a Western city To paraphrase ex Governor Patten paraphrasing Deng Xiao Peng It s a Chinese City with Western characteristics I wish Booth had lived long enough to write the next chapter in his love affair with Hong Kong This book ends in 1955 when he leaves for England at age 10 but four years later he returned for good I feel blessed that he was at least able to write this book