Ocean Devil: The life and legend of George Hogg ePUB

Ocean Devil: The life and legend of George Hogg [EPUB] ✾ Ocean Devil: The life and legend of George Hogg ❃ James MacManus – Thomashillier.co.uk The dramatic true life story of George Hogg, a young Oxford graduate who is caught up in the Japanese invasion of China in and the Chinese Civil war, and who leads a group of Chinese children hundred The dramatic true life story The life PDF ☆ of George Hogg, a young Oxford graduate who is caught up in the Japanese invasion of China inand the Chinese Civil war, and who leads a group of Chinese children hundreds of miles across , foot mountains to Ocean Devil: PDF \ safety only to die tragically in early The author, James MacManus, was working as a reporter in Shanghai in s when he heard talk of a statue being up in the remote town of Shandon on the Mongolian border in memory of an Englishman Devil: The life PDF Å called George Hogg This book is the result of his investigations and the basis for a major feature film called The Children of Huang Shi , directed by Roger Spottiswoode and starring Jonathan Rhys Myers, to be released in spring One westerner who lived in China throughout the Cultural Revolution described Hogg as an outstanding young Englishman who fell in love with foreign people and devoted his life to their betterment What he did made him deeply and widely loved MacManus has been back to China to interview the surviving old boys of Hogg s school Hogg s reputation is kept alive by their loyalty to this dayThe dramatic trajectory of Hogg s life took him within a few months from a privileged existence at Oxford to life on the run from Japanese secret police in China.


About the Author: James MacManus

James MacManus has worked in The life PDF ☆ the newspaper business for years He is currently the Managing Director of the Times Literary SupplementHe is the author of On the Broken Shore The Language of the Sea, UK edition , and Ocean Devil The Life Ocean Devil: PDF \ and Legend of George Hogg which was made into a film starring Jonathan Rhys MeyersHis latest book, Black Venus, is a vivid novel of Charles Baudelaire and his lover Jeanne Duval, the Haitian cabaret singer who inspired his most famous and controversial poems, set Devil: The life PDF Å in nineteenth century Paris Duckworth will publish the UK edition of Black Venus on February th The UK edition follows the successful launch of the novel in the US by Thomas Dunne books of New York.



10 thoughts on “Ocean Devil: The life and legend of George Hogg

  1. Judy Judy says:

    It s too bad that the author didn t go whole Hogg when writing the account of George Hogg, Ocean Devil I can t imagine a lifesuited for a mesmerizing, emotional biography Around the neck of the woods where I live, we have a joke about our Detroit Lions football team snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory with the subpar play of their talent laden team, this is much how I feel after reading this book Why 1 First of all, how do you only give one chapter to the relocation of an entir It s too bad that the author didn t go whole Hogg when writing the account of George Hogg, Ocean Devil I can t imagine a lifesuited for a mesmerizing, emotional biography Around the neck of the woods where I live, we have a joke about our Detroit Lions football team snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory with the subpar play of their talent laden team, this is much how I feel after reading this book Why 1 First of all, how do you only give one chapter to the relocation of an entire school of endangered young boys, the ghosh cotton milling machine that was huge across mountains in the dead of winter to a new location 700 miles away For Pete s sake, a movie was made about this trek The movie was the reason I wanted to read this book so badly, to find out2 Secondly, how do you spend time relating the Chinese history of the time for about two thirds of the book, rarely even mentioning George Hogg or his relation to the events being narrated and subtitle the book The life and legend of George Hogg What is lamentable about this is that the history shown through the eyes of George Hogg would have been very interesting, but approached the way the author approached it was dry Having read most of the historical events in other biographies and memoirs, I know this could have been done much better.3 The third strike consisted of knowing that all the elements for a good story were there and nothing was done with them Hogg was a journalist for the Manchester Guardian, he rubbed shoulders with Communists such as Rewi Alley and Agnes Smedley almost certainly a Communist spy , he worked to develop land cooperatives to feed the Chinese people, he became the headmaster at a school that couldn t keep teachers headmasters and caused it to thrive During his stay in China, he fell in love with a Chinese lady, he survived typhus, malaria as well as many other grave illnesses, he fed the starving, he fought corruption.okay, okay, already, you get the picture Its not until the last third of the book that the pace picks up when it actually starts focusing on Hogg, but still it doesn t capitalize on the events of his life sigh 2.5 stars


  2. Sheri S. Sheri S. says:

    The life of George Hogg proved somewhat interesting I learned quite a bit about the conflict between China and Japan leading up to and during World War II George Hogg seemed a noble man with great aspirations who finally found what would make him most happy in life He was the headmaster at a school in China and had to move the school on one occasion to escape approaching military forces.I was a bit disappointed that the 700 mile journey involved in moving the school was not discussed with mor The life of George Hogg proved somewhat interesting I learned quite a bit about the conflict between China and Japan leading up to and during World War II George Hogg seemed a noble man with great aspirations who finally found what would make him most happy in life He was the headmaster at a school in China and had to move the school on one occasion to escape approaching military forces.I was a bit disappointed that the 700 mile journey involved in moving the school was not discussed withdetail I think I would have liked to have learnedabout the man himself as opposed to the great amount of history


  3. Ming Jiu Li Ming Jiu Li says:

    Served as a good reminder for some key historical events, but it was mostly chronological story telling, and failed to elucidate larger and deeper understandings of China in that time period, and China s interactions with foreigners and philanthropy, etc Also, think there were some inconsistencies.


  4. Clare Clare says:

    A mix of a personal biography with the political backdrop of China where George spent eight years during the Sino Japanese war Not ideal for people who are already quite familiar with the topic, but it is explained to help you appreciate Hogg s surroundings, thus to understand this fascinating man.


  5. Laura Laura says:

    This book was a really interesting read and amazing that it is all a real life experience I watched the movie version with Jonathan Rhys Myers before I read the book and it is a bit different, but I thought they did a good job of adapting to film.


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