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Gweilo By Martin Booth

Gweilo by Martin Booth

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As an inquisitive eight-year-old, Martin Booth found himself with Hong Kong at his feet when his father was posted there in the early 1950s. He roamed freely in hidden corners of the colony - his blond hair signified good luck to the Chinese - and entered places such as opium dens, a secret Triad lair, and a leper colony.

Gweilo Summary

Gweilo: Memories Of A Hong Kong Childhood by Martin Booth

In this compelling memoir of his colonial childhood in Hong Kong in the 1950s, Martin Booth writes from his child's perspective of the years where he was able to roam freely around the streets of Hong Kong. Filled with an enormous curiosity about the exotic and colourful world around him, Martin quickly gains a grasp of pidgin-Cantonese and uses it to roam the streets and gain access to some of the most colourful parts of Hong Kong, including opium dens, the headquarters of ruthless criminals and a leper colony. In honouring a promise that he makes early on to a British naval officer, seven-year-old Martin tries every food that is offered to him, among them snakes, one hundred-year-old eggs and boiled water beetles. Martin's adventures are thrown into relief by the volatile backdrop of his warring parents. Martin's mother, like her son, was open to the Chinese culture which she embraced along with its people. By contrast Martin's father was an irascible bully of a man whose failure to progress in the navy had left him with a bitterness that he took out on his family. Booth takes us on a journey through Chinese culture and an extinct colonial way of life through the innocent eyes of

Gweilo Reviews

"[Gweilo] stands as one of the most original and engaging memoirs of recent years, all the more telling because it is so personal, witty and true. Booth has delivered a pre-coming-of-age book that ranks with the best of the breed."-"The Times""From the Trade Paperback edition."

About Martin Booth

Martin Booth is internationally known as a writer and biographer. His penultimate book was CANNABIS: A HISTORY. An acclaimed novelist, his THE INDUSTRY OF SOULS was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1998. When he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2002 he was inspired to delve into his Hong Kong childhood and write GWEILO, and he died shortly after completing the manuscript in February 2004.

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Gweilo: Memories Of A Hong Kong Childhood by Martin Booth
Used - Very Good
Transworld Publishers Ltd
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