The Greatest "Hong Kong" Books of All Time

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The "Hong Kong" category for books encompasses a diverse range of literary works that are either set in, or revolve around, the vibrant and multifaceted city of Hong Kong. This genre includes a variety of narratives such as historical fiction that delves into the city's colonial past and its return to Chinese sovereignty, crime thrillers that navigate the bustling urban landscape, memoirs and non-fiction accounts exploring the unique cultural and social dynamics of this global metropolis, and speculative fiction imagining the city's future. Books in this category often grapple with themes of identity, East-meets-West cultural exchanges, political tensions, and the rapid evolution of a city that is both deeply traditional and strikingly modern. Whether through the lens of expatriates, locals, or historical figures, the "Hong Kong" book category offers readers a chance to experience the complexities and contradictions of this iconic city.

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  1. 1. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

    The novel follows the journey of a wealthy Englishman who makes a high-stakes wager that he can travel around the world in eighty days. Accompanied by his loyal French valet, they encounter numerous obstacles and adventures across different cultures and landscapes, including rescuing a beautiful Indian woman from a ritual sacrifice. The book is a celebration of the technological advancements of the 19th century, with the main characters utilizing various modes of transportation such as steamships, railways, and even an elephant.

  2. 2. Old Filth by Jane Gardam

    The novel follows the life of Sir Edward Feathers, a successful but emotionally stunted barrister, who is known by the nickname "Old Filth" (Failed in London, Try Hong Kong). The protagonist's life is traced from his birth in Malaya, his upbringing in Wales, to his successful law career in Hong Kong, and retirement in England. The narrative explores themes of love, loss, and the lasting effects of the British Empire, while revealing the personal history and emotional landscape of a man who has spent his life avoiding introspection and emotional connections.

  3. 3. My City: A Hong Kong Story by Xi Xi

    "My City: A Hong Kong Story" is a compelling narrative that provides an intimate exploration of Hong Kong through the author's eyes. The author weaves a rich tapestry of the city's unique culture, history, and identity, drawing on personal experiences, observations, and a deep love for the city. The book is a poignant tribute to Hong Kong, presenting the city's transformation over the years and the challenges it faces, while also highlighting its resilience and spirit.

  4. 4. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell

    Ghostwritten is a complex, interconnected narrative that spans the globe, featuring nine different characters in nine different locations, including a cult member in Okinawa, a jazz buff in Tokyo, a British investment banker in Hong Kong, an old woman running a tea shack in China, a transmigrating spirit in Mongolia, a ghostwriter in London, a physicist in Ireland, a late-night radio DJ in New York, and a noncorporeal entity in a global network. Each story is seemingly separate, but as the novel progresses, the connections between them become more apparent, creating a web of incidents and interactions that span space and time.

  5. 5. The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré

    In this gripping spy thriller, a British intelligence officer named Jerry Westerby is sent on a perilous mission to uncover a complex web of corruption and espionage in Southeast Asia. As he delves deeper into the dangerous world of international politics, Westerby must navigate treacherous alliances and betrayals, risking his life to uncover the truth. With intricate plotting and masterful characterization, this novel explores the moral ambiguity and high stakes of the espionage game.

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