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Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood

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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 ... Continua
Ha scritto il 05/04/12
Childhood memories
This is a wonderful recounting of growing up in post war Hong Kong
Ha scritto il 16/08/10
I didn't have too deep a feeling about the old Hong Kong described in the book, although such 'old days' was in fact only half a century a ago. I was wondering how an eight years old boy has all the freedom to wander freely, on his own, to the ...Continua
Ha scritto il 18/09/08
My British manager recommended this book to me. After hearing the fun bits of the book from him, I read it with high expectations. This book totally lives up to my expectations. As an adventurous child, the author explored Hong Kong with an open
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Ha scritto il 26/07/08
I presume this is a must item at the airport's bookstore. For the gweilo tourists who still fancy the old hong kong, this book offers a perfect starting point, probably the last as well.It is very interesting to trace back the already-vanished ...Continua
  • 3 mi piace
Ha scritto il 30/07/07
Very moving, at times hilarious.

Ha scritto il Jul 24, 2008, 16:00
The sailors came from all over America, from every background....Many may have told me tall stories, but I came to appreciate that a man may tell a stranger far more than he could his best friend.
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Ha scritto il Jul 23, 2008, 15:16
'It's days like this you never forget, no matter how old you get,' she advised me. 'It's what life's all about. Warm sun, friendship and music.'
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Ha scritto il Jul 17, 2008, 15:57
They were doing the best they could to stay alive and I could not help wondering whether some of their fathers had owned cars and horses in China and were now reduced to sweeping out offices or serving in restaurants. Or worse.Despite their ...Continua
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Ha scritto il Jul 16, 2008, 15:55
'You like?' Lau enquired.'Like plenty,' I replied, took a joss-stick and, lighting it, bowed to the effigies with it held between my supplicating hands before sticking it in the sand of the incense bowl.lau watched me, bemused.'You no...' he looked ...Continua
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Ha scritto il Jul 16, 2008, 14:27
I realized just how fragile life was, that everything one counted upon could come crashing down in less than the time it took for a double maths class. i also learnt that whilst it was one thing to live in a large box, a shack, a cockloft or between ...Continua
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