Golden Boy: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood
At seven years old, Martin Booth found himself with all of Hong Kong at his feet. His father was posted there in 1952, and this memoir is his telling of that youth, a time when he had access to the corners of a colony normally closed to a "Gweilo," a "pale fellow" like him.
His experiences were colorful and vast. Befriending rickshaw coolies and local stallholders, he learned Cantonese, sampled delicacies such as boiled water beetles and one-hundred-year-old eggs, and participated in vibrant festivals. He even entered the forbidden Kowloon Walled City, wandered into a secret lair of Triads, and visited an opium den.
From the plink-plonk man with his dancing monkey to the Queen of Kowloon (a crazed tramp who may have been a Romanov), Martin Booth saw it all---but his memoir illustrates the deeper challenges he faced in his warring parents: a broad-minded mother who embraced all things Chinese and a bigoted father who was enraged by his family's interest in "going native."
Martin Booth's compelling memoir, the last book he completed before dying, glows with infectious curiosity and humor and is an intimate representation of the now extinct time and place of his growing up.
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Review: Gweilo: Memories Of A Hong Kong ChildhoodUser Review - Roseanne Hammond - Goodreads
This book is excellent. As a westerner living in Hong Kong it paved a history and showed me a side of Hong Kong that I would never explore like a 7 year old boy. Hong Kong through martins eyes is truly magical and can make you live your days with more engagement and wonder. Read full review
Review: Gweilo: Memories Of A Hong Kong ChildhoodUser Review - Max Rose - Goodreads
Full of great anecdotes on life in Hong Kong during the 1940s and 50s. Read full review
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