Golden Boy

Golden Boy

Memories of A Hong Kong Childhood

Book - 2005
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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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2005.
ISBN: 9780312348175
Characteristics: 342 p. ;,25 cm.


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Nov 09, 2011

witness history of Hong Kong
from the eye of a writer's childhood
watching the life of ordinary chinese, his british father who worked for
the hong kong governmemt,
his mother who befriended
a variety of people.

I particularly
enjoyed the personal witness account of one of Hong Kong's historical fires that destoryed the houses of refugee settlements

the author 's experience about
a rare hong kong earth quake

and the life and death of a monkey , when it escaped from
its master , a street performer
using the monkey as part of his work

this book is a must read for all
students in Hong kong
this book is from one special student of hongkong to all students of hongkong
for people who want to understand Hongkong

the author said this book is for his children to let them understand his life

it is a good book for all who want to understand hong kong

I regard it as one of the top memoirs about Hongkong

Jun 30, 2006

Booth's "gwai lo" observations of HK life in the 50s and Chinese customs are pretty spot on!

Jun 27, 2006

Very enjoyable. Made me wish to be a boy again - living in Hong Kong of course. A very easy read.

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