- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Watermark (June 6, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1873200137
- ISBN-13: 978-1873200131
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 10.4 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
City of Darkness: Life In Kowloon Walled City Paperback – June 6, 1999
May's Book with Buzz
"Valiant Ambition" by Nathaniel Philbrick. George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution. See more
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
If you’re the author, publisher, or rights holder of this book, let ACX help you produce the audiobook.Learn more.
Top Customer Reviews
Also, as a side note: Any artist wanting reference material for decaying urban sprawl, look no further. This book makes for great city or science fiction reference, with unbelievable details (electrical boxes, pipes, hallways, stairwells, etc...)
As I said in my original review, the photos are stunning, the text and interviews fascinating, and the quality of the paper excellent.
"The new edition will include extended new sections on the history of the Triads in the City, the City's peculiar legal status, its architecture, and how it is has become part of popular culture."
"...as well as many of the photographs and interviews found in the original edition, the new book will include several new sections: on the City's architecture, how it grew and evolved over time, and on the City's peculiar legal status under two jurisdictions but effectively administered by neither, and how this unique situation coloured every stage of the City's development. Another essay will explore the myths and realities of the Triad's activities there, and how the police tried their best to keep up with each new development."
"Finally, other essays will explore how perceptions of the Walled City have changed over time, from being shunned by most Hong Kong residents during its lifetime to now being seen, almost with pride, as part of the territory's rich cultural heritage - while internationally it has been appropriated by numerous cultural and popular commentators as a tabula rasa onto which they can layer any number of meanings and arguments. The Walled City's rich history just continues to grow."
It's long out of print, collectible, and fragile due to the fact it's softcover. Did I mention it's expensive? It is, but oh, is it worth it!
I put off buying a copy for many years because it was just too expensive for a book I couldn't look at first -- and whose value I'd damage just by opening it. However, after reading Wikipedia's small section on Kowloon Walled City I was so intrigued that I knew I had to buy it.
I debated a long time about pulling the cellophane cover off. Had to end up doing it after a few drinks. Once I opened it, I realized it was everything I'd hoped it would be.
Understand, Kowloon was destroyed several years ago. It no longer exists. No real maps were ever made of the place and the most complete record of it exists in these pages. It's as close as you can get to visiting the city without somehow going back in time.
And what is Kowloon Walled City? It was 6.5 acre piece of property where regulation was non-existant and the population built and built and built until it was a solid block of a building fourteen stories high with absolutely no planning or design. Everything went on within its walls and it was a fully functioning city outside of Hong Kong. Sort of a city state, sort of a country, sort of an anarchist commune, and completely unlike anything built before or since.
This book is the only key to unlocking the understanding of what it was to live and breathe within those walls. Of course it gets five stars, how could I give it anything else?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You can purchase this book directly from the author's webpage for eighty bucks. Don't pay these crazy prices, people!! Beautiful book.Published 6 days ago by Mixed Media Raven
Fascinating journey into another world. A must read to understand modern Hong Kong.Published 9 months ago by veronica pastor
Wonderful, terrible freedom.
The Kowloon city was a lawless land due to the British then Singaporeans vs the Chinese, Red or otherwise. Read more
Great gift and coffee table conversation piece. my guests are intrigued. once you pick it up you just want to know more!Published on January 18, 2013 by christine rosano
For the price, I could have purchased a lot of good books. The quality of the pictures wasn't as good as I expected.Published on January 9, 2013 by XRing
really some of the best photos, stories and insight on kowloon walled city demolished almost 20 years ago. Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by Piper
Beautiful book about life in an island of buildings in Kowloon City. Perfect condition (difficult for a softbacked book), and delivered quickly. Read morePublished on August 25, 2010 by julans
Having lost the small pamphlet on the Kowloon Walled City that I had bought at the Hong Kong art museum many years ago, I did a web search to see if there was anything available to... Read morePublished on May 10, 2010 by Robert A. Bowman
Excellent book, with lots of info. Although I would've like more architectural documentation and pictures...Published on February 11, 2010 by M. cyr