The Badlands: Decadent Playground of Old Peking



[PDF / Epub] ☉ The Badlands: Decadent Playground of Old Peking ❤ Paul French – E17streets4all.co.uk The Badlands, a warren of narrow hutongs in the eastern district of pre communist Peking, had its heyday in the s Home to the city s drifters, misfits and the odd bohemian, it was a place of opium den The Badlands, a warren of Decadent Playground eBook ´ narrow hutongs in the eastern district of pre communist Peking, had its heyday in the s Home to the city s The Badlands: PDF/EPUB ² drifters, misfits and the odd bohemian, it was a place of opium dens, divebars, brothels, flophouses and cabarets, and was infamous for its ability to satisfy every Badlands: Decadent Playground eBook ✓ human desire from the exotically entertaining to the criminally depravedThese vignettes of eight non Chinese residents of the precinct White Russians, Americans and Europeans bring the Badlands vividly back to life, providing a short but potent account of a place and a way of life until now largely forgotten, but here rendered unforgettable.The Badlands: Decadent Playground of Old Peking

Paul French is the Chief Decadent Playground eBook ´ China Representative of Access Asia, a market research and business intelligence company specialising in China and North Asia s economics and The Badlands: PDF/EPUB ² markets He was educated in London and at the University of Glasgow He is the co author of One Billion Shoppers Accessing Asia s Consuming Passions Badlands: Decadent Playground eBook ✓ and author of Carl Crow A Tough Old China Hand The Life, Times, and Adventures of an American in Shanghai He lives in Shanghai.

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  • The Badlands: Decadent Playground of Old Peking
  • Paul French
  • English
  • 15 February 2018
  • 1742538355

10 thoughts on “The Badlands: Decadent Playground of Old Peking

  1. says:

    Interesting only if you ve read the author s Midnight in Peking and want to read material on the notorious Badlands area of 1920 s and 1930 s Beijing that serves as the setting of Midnight in Peking It s a quick, inexpensive read it s like a series of magazine articles about various characters from the Badlands The characters outlined in The Badlands are quirky, depraved and sad, and while the author does a nice job writing up what he has there isn t enough remaining historical informat Interesting only if you ve read the author s Midnight in Peking and want to read material on the notorious Badlands area of 1920 s and 1930 s Beijing that serves as the setting of Midnight in Peking It s a quick, inexpensive read it s like a series of magazine articles about various characters from the Badlands The characters outlined in The Badlands are quirky, depraved and sad, and while the author does a nice job writing up what he has there isn t enough remaining historical information on most of them to really make them come alive I felt that French s earlier book had already done a good job of painting a picture of the Badlands, this follow on title doesn t add much .I highly recommend Midnight in Peking for anyone visiting or living in Beijing, this is just for people who love that earlier book

  2. says:

    Eh no This is so not good I hoped for waythan that I should have listened to other reviewers It s just a loosely assembled collection of sketches about the inhabitants of the Badlands who appear in Midnight in Peking and are mind of European American extraction Almost no new information or interesting detail, maybe apart from the two chapters are they even chapters about Marie and Peggy, and the two madams But the flair is gone, the atmosphere is gone, the compassion is also Eh no This is so not good I hoped for waythan that I should have listened to other reviewers It s just a loosely assembled collection of sketches about the inhabitants of the Badlands who appear in Midnight in Peking and are mind of European American extraction Almost no new information or interesting detail, maybe apart from the two chapters are they even chapters about Marie and Peggy, and the two madams But the flair is gone, the atmosphere is gone, the compassion is also gone All that remains is harsh and callous relation about weak, lost, destitute people Wow Is it because there s no pretty Pamela in the background And why is John Blofeld called a sensationalist See, I ve just finished Blofeld s book about Peking and it was heavenly Oh well At least I didn t pay too much for this one.I like the Badlands in World of Warcraft Just had to say something randomly positive

  3. says:

    Stick with Midnight in Peking This ebook was clearly cobbled from material he couldn t fit in his book Like any meal, clothing, etc made solely from leftovers, it s subpar The subject is also quite dark, and unlike Midnight in Peking there is no hero to balance the filth and depressing lives described Quite depressing actually.

  4. says:

    I was a bit disappointed with this was left feeling a bit unsatisfied I realise that the information about the characters was very scarce, but it just didn t quite fulfill the expectations I really enjoyed his Midnight in Peking and probably expected too much.

  5. says:

    A black and white picture of a world that s gone for good White Russians play the biggest and the saddest role in this small documentary Somehow, I feel that preserving all the little glimpses is important May they all rest in peace.

  6. says:

    More information on the Badlands of Beijing or as Paul calls it in his lovely British accent The seedy underbelly of Peking of the 1930 s Interesting to read glad I didn t live there then And I m sorry to hear that much of that area is going to be destroyed soon.

  7. says:

    Sometimes in popular culture a story is told in which the background characters threaten to overshadow the main story itself The best example I can think of is the film Casablanca, in which the varied refugees, travelers, criminals and other supporting cast each have their own fascinating personal tales, which may be hinted at but never told.Such was the case when I recently read Paul French s Midnight in Peking, about the brutal murder of a young Englishwoman in Peking in 1937, on the eve of t Sometimes in popular culture a story is told in which the background characters threaten to overshadow the main story itself The best example I can think of is the film Casablanca, in which the varied refugees, travelers, criminals and other supporting cast each have their own fascinating personal tales, which may be hinted at but never told.Such was the case when I recently read Paul French s Midnight in Peking, about the brutal murder of a young Englishwoman in Peking in 1937, on the eve of the Japanese occupation Living as she did in the respectable Legation quarter, hard by the seedier and dangerous area of the city called the Badlands, Pamela Werner s story necessarily featured some of the miscreants and unfortunates who lived or worked in that part of the city But their full histories, even when known, seldom were strictly germane to the murder investigation, so when French was finished telling Pamela s story he was left with all this information about these fascinating, repugnant, or tragic people, and their stories were too compelling to be left untold.This is a slender volume, only about 60 pages of narrative, because so little is known about these characters who lived in the shadows and generally preferred it that way That French was able to collect as much information as he did, and piece together their lives and relationships with one another, is a triumph of scholarship and research This is an easy evening s read, and itthan makes up for its brevity with the rich details and fascinating horrifying, titillating stories French relates so skilfilly

  8. says:

    Great as an afterward, mediocre as a companion, and bad as a standalone book I loved Midnight in Peking The audiobook format for that was particularly amazing, and I took the Paul French approved walking tour of the Badlands from Bespoke Travel when I lived in Beijing I was excited to jump back into the world of Midnight in Peking with this book Yet it is so short and straightforward that it came across as a Wikipedia article with just a bit of flourish rather than the type of vivid prose an Great as an afterward, mediocre as a companion, and bad as a standalone book I loved Midnight in Peking The audiobook format for that was particularly amazing, and I took the Paul French approved walking tour of the Badlands from Bespoke Travel when I lived in Beijing I was excited to jump back into the world of Midnight in Peking with this book Yet it is so short and straightforward that it came across as a Wikipedia article with just a bit of flourish rather than the type of vivid prose and taut storytelling of Midnight in Peking.To be clear, I loved this additional detail about the Badlands But I m thankful I picked this up as an ebook from my library rather than pay the USD 16 that it is currently retailing for on

  9. says:

    I share Mr French s opinion that its the scoundrels, criminals, and shady characters of a society who are the really interesting people Which is exactly why I enjoyed this.

  10. says:

    Okay okay okay anyone remember when I read Midnight in Peking Anyone Okay, if you don t, Midnight in Peking is about the murder of Pamela Warner in Peking, China now Beijing in the last days before the Japanese invaded China in World War II There is a side person named Shura, an intersex crime boss who presented as a man or a woman apparently depending on how they felt that particular day, and was generally SO INCREDIBLY AWESOME I CAN T EVEN So I was talking in the review about how I wante Okay okay okay anyone remember when I read Midnight in Peking Anyone Okay, if you don t, Midnight in Peking is about the murder of Pamela Warner in Peking, China now Beijing in the last days before the Japanese invaded China in World War II There is a side person named Shura, an intersex crime boss who presented as a man or a woman apparently depending on how they felt that particular day, and was generally SO INCREDIBLY AWESOME I CAN T EVEN So I was talking in the review about how I wanted a book about Shura.This is a book about Shura.Well, it s not solely about Shura It s about a bunch of people mentioned in Midnight in Peking, from a couple of prostitutes named Marie and Peggy to some really evil people to SHURA MY HEART CALL ME French has done a really admirable amount of research on people who would be very difficult to find, and I want to commend him for that Some of the people profiled are not nice at all, but he never condones what they do and in fact is really aggressively against it He also managed to track down the fates of a surprising number of these people, who all have vested interests in staying away from records So good for him ALSO THERE IS AN ENTIRE CHAPTER ON SHURA And guys, Shura lived happily ever after They settled down to presenting as male and I think they had a boyfriend Everything was adorable and happy I m so pleased Couple of caveats French continues to use the h word to refer to Shura, so if that word pisses you off hurts you, I would reconsider reading this Also, it s kinda disjointed and uninteresting if you haven t read Midnight in Peking, or aren t interested in anyone but Shura which I fully understand So I don t think I could recommend it except there is a WHOLE CHAPTER ABOUT SHURA GUYS SHURA IS SO COOL

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