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Hong Kong

Hong Kong

by Jan Morris
     
 

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Combining firsthand reportage with exemplary research, Morris takes readers from Hong Kong's clamorous back alleys to the luxurious Happy Valley racecourse, where taipans place their bets between sips of champagne and bird's nest soup. Morris chronicles the exploits of traders, pirates, colonists, financiers, and shows how their descendants view the prospect of

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Combining firsthand reportage with exemplary research, Morris takes readers from Hong Kong's clamorous back alleys to the luxurious Happy Valley racecourse, where taipans place their bets between sips of champagne and bird's nest soup. Morris chronicles the exploits of traders, pirates, colonists, financiers, and shows how their descendants view the prospect of reunification with the Chinese mainland. What emerges is an epic tableau, vastly informed and pungently evocative.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this ``well-written, albeit overly detailed overview,'' Morris alternates chapters on Hong Kong's history with descriptions of its geography, economy, politics and society, interspersing word-portraits of some of its leading rulers and entrepreneurs. ``There is much more here than most American readers will want to know,'' said PW. (Dec.)
Library Journal
With the benefit of extensive reading and long observation, Morris writes of Hong Kong as it nears the end of its colonial status and moves toward the ``enigma of 1997,'' the reunification with China. In alternating chapters of history and analysis, Morris conveys the colony's restless energy, its drive for profit, its lighted hills, the jackhammers pounding to make new buildings. Her prose, spiced with adjectives and apt phrases, moves easily among government officials, traders and triads, and the Chinese populace of millionaires and refugees. This well-balanced description of Hong Kong's past andpresent ends with a perceptive chapter on the belated introduction of democracy as Britain prepares to leave the colony. An enjoyable book that should find many readers. Literary Guild alternate.-- Elizabeth A. Teo, Moraine Valley Community Coll. Lib., Palos Hills, Ill.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679776482
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Series:
Vintage Departures Series
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,187,300
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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