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I Sailed with Chinese Pirates

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  20 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
In the late 1920s, gangs of ruthless and heavily armed pirates plagued the Pearl River delta in China, controlling fishing fleets, terrorizing villages, and hijacking steamer ships. Commissioned to investigate this practice, the intrepid American journalist Aleko Lilius was able to record first-hand the final days of traditional piracy. This book, a rip-roaring tale of adv ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published October 17th 1991 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Daniel Burton-Rose
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Lilius comes across as a bit of an opportunist prick. He gets his Cantonese translator killed, while describing him as "only a coolie." Despite his impressive facility with European languages, he never even attempts to learn any Chinese but pidgin, and describes the speech of locals as "jabbering." The only positive point is that he captures for print a shadow world that otherwise would have remained purely oral, but I'm not convinced that his relatively meager findings were worth the lives he c ...more
Pierre
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Read it as documentation for a project.

The book does not feel like a particularly serious journalistic work, more like a memoir, and the writer loves to give himself the good role in a classic imperialistic way. But this is an entertaining read, full of spicy details and crazy characters and anecdotes. I did not know a lot about Honk Kong pirates; now I feel I had a fun window into an adventurous and exciting time.
Jenna Nov
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely pulp fiction, but it's an entertaining read
Helmut
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: china, pirates
Auch in China gilt die Piratendevise: Plentee money makee heart light

Der amerikanisch-finnisch-russische Journalist Aleko E. Lilius versuchte sich in den späten 1920er Jahren an einem Abenteuer, das seinesgleichen sucht: Er wollte mit kantonesischen Piraten, die als die schlimmste Mörderbande der Welt galt, eine Reise tun und dies für Zeitungen mit Berichten und Fotografien dokumentieren. Obwohl seine umfangreichen Sprachkenntnisse leider ausgerechnet das Kantonesische nicht umfassten, schaffte
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Prenex
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have gotten the Hungarian version of this book entitled as "Kalózvilág a kínai vizeken" for free in Szentendre where I have been able to choose a free book with my loved one in a caffee-shop. The book of mine is really an antiquity and originally printed.

The contents are interesting and thrilling. Very good real experience that feels through the pages. Maybe not the biggest artistic impact in the writing style, but has a really interesting content!
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Aleko Axel August Eugen Lilius, (2 April 1890 in Saint Petersburg, Russia – 24 June 1977 in Helsinki, Finland) was an explorer, free-lance writer and photographer, variously described as an “English journalist,” “Russian-Finnish,” “an English writer of Finnish origins,” “a United States citizen of Finnish origin,” a “Swedish journalist and adventurer,” and an “intrepid American journalist.” He was ...more
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