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Golden Boy: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood
 
 
Author
Martin Booth.
Publisher Thomas Dunne  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
ISBN 9780312348175
Pages/Publication Date 342/2004
Daedalus Item Code 83411
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In this memoir, the last book that Booker Prize nominee (for Industry of Souls) Martin Booth completed before his death, he describes his youth, a time when he had access to the corners of a colony normally closed to a "Gweilo"—a "pale fellow" like him. Befriending rickshaw coolies and local stallholders, the boy learned Cantonese, sampled such delicacies as boiled water beetles and 100-year-old eggs, visited an opium den, and even entered the forbidden Kowloon Walled City. Golden Boy also tells of 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."

"Critics agree that Booth vividly captures the sounds, sights, and tastes of Hong Kong—from Kowloon’s chaotic alleys to the stunning countryside. Simultaneously a portrait of a place, a childhood, and a marriage, Golden Boy should be savored for its wonderful prose and nostalgic, wise recollections…. Although he recounts his story from a young boy’s perspective, most reviewers were touched by the authenticity of his voice."—Bookmarks Magazine

 
 
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