I Sailed with Chinese Pirates

  • Title: I Sailed with Chinese Pirates
  • Author: Aleko E. Lilius
  • ISBN: 9780195852974
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
  • I Sailed with Chinese Pirates In the late s 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 inv
    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 advIn 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 adventure on the high seas, is the result of his heady and perilous undertaking The experiences recounted here include a journey on the assault ship of the notorious queen of the Macau pirates, assignations in the murky opium dens of Macau and Canton, incarceration in a Hong Kong Prison, and abduction by the pirates themselves during which time Lilius witnesses extortion and even murder before making his dramatic bid for freedom Rooted in the bygone era of hard nosed adventuring, I Sailed with Chinese Pirates is a gripping yarn, as riveting and hard to put down as the most sensational fiction.

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    About Aleko E. Lilius


    1. 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 also a convicted fraudster.


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    1. 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 [...]

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    2. 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.

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    3. Definitely pulp fiction, but it's an entertaining read

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    4. Auch in China gilt die Piratendevise: Plentee money makee heart lightDer 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, schaff [...]

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    5. 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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