More Cantonese Literature

It has been quite some time since my first post on Cantonese literature and since then I have made some interesting discoveries that I want to share with you.

If you are not at the level where you can read books yet then I highly recommend you check out my page of Cantonese resources.


以讀不回死全家 (ji5 duk6 bat1 wui6 sei2 cyun4 gaa1), which roughly translates to "all those who have already read and not replied will die", is a thriller suspense novel set following a class of high school kids.

Things are pretty normal in class when suddenly all the students get added to a group by the same name of the book. I won't reveal any more than that as I don't want to spoil the book.

But what I will say is this, the book is a very good read and got me hooked right from the first chapter. It has mature themes with lots of strong language and the entire book is written in Cantonese.

What's more, is that because this is a thriller book, then all of the chapters are kept very short in order to keep the suspense and the pacing high. This works out ideal for learners who want to break the book into easily manageable chunks.



那夜凌晨,我坐上了旺角開往大埔的紅van (naa5 je6 ling4 san4, ngo5 co5 soeng5 liu5 wong6 gok3 hoi1 wong5 daai6 bou3 dik1 hung4 van)  or "Lost On a Red Minibus" in English is a book published on Hong Kong golden quite some time ago.

This is a little bit different to the other books on this list however, as the book is not entirely in Cantonese. Rather all of the narration is done in standard written Chinese, and the dialogues themselves are written in Cantonese with lots of colloquialisms and strong language. 

This book is absolutely massive, boasting over 400 pages long and completely free online. It's about a man who get's on an overnight minibus from Mong Kok heading to Tai Po. After the minibus comes out of a tunnel suddenly the passangers on the bus can not get into contact with the outside world and there seems to be no one on the street apart from the 17 people who were on the bus.

Definitely worth sinking your teeth into if you are looking to improve your comprehension of both Cantonese and standard written Chinese simultaneously.  

北韓包膠 (bak1 hon4 baau1 gaau1) - Not a ebook like the others, this book is a travel log in North Korea and pokes fun at just about everything. A funny read if you are at the level where you can manage large without the aid of an online dictionary. 

我的你的紅的TAXI (TAXI) (ngo5 dik1 nei5 dik1 hung4 dik1 TAXI) - "Unfamiliar drivers turn out to be the most valuable listeners. The narrow carriages have become the most open private space".

When working as a taxi driver a university student and the author of this book listened to a wide range of stories and compiled 55 of the most interesting ones into this book. 

Think of this book as a book of short stories, only taken from real Hong Kongers.

That's all for today. If you know of any more Cantonese literature around that I am yet to include in either of my posts then please leave me a comment or send me an email and I can include them in the next one!