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  1. Golden Boy: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood
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  2. Golden Boy: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood

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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.

Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Martin Booth
Binding
Kindle Edition
Edition
1st
EISBN
9781466818583
Format
Kindle eBook
Label
Thomas Dunne Books
Manufacturer
Thomas Dunne Books
NumberOfPages
355
PublicationDate
2006-11-14
Publisher
Thomas Dunne Books
ReleaseDate
2006-11-14
Studio
Thomas Dunne Books
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