Richard Mason (1919-1997) was a British author who learned Japanese during WWII and lived in Hong Kong after the war, where his experiences led him to write The World of Suzie Wong.
The World of Suzie Wongby Richard Mason
This may seem like an unlikely plot for a great love story but it has been made into a Major Motion Picture, a play, has spawned two unofficial sequels, a documentary and a
The World of Suzie Wong is the story of a successful British businessman who decides to try to make it as an artist in Hong Kong instead and falls in love with a teenaged Chinese prostitute.
This may seem like an unlikely plot for a great love story but it has been made into a Major Motion Picture, a play, has spawned two unofficial sequels, a documentary and a ballet. The dress she wears is now known as the Suzie Wong dress in America.
Robert Lomax, played in the movie by famous actor William Holden, first meets Suzie Wong, played by Nancy Kwan, on the Star Ferry. An artist, he tries to draw her picture but, seeing that, she walks away. He approaches her but she refuses to talk to him. She is pretending to be the daughter of a rich Chinese man.
Robert meets Suzie Wong meet on the Star Ferry that carries passengers from Kowloon to Hong Kong. Suzie amuses herself by pretending to be the daughter of a rich Chinese man who owns many houses. She says, "Yes. A virgin. That's me."
Finally willing to talk to him, Suzie Wong tells Robert Lomax that she is a virgin. Later this proves to be not entirely true.
Later we realize that she was having fun as she is actually a prostitute.
Robert sees her later in Hong Kong and tries to approach her. She claims not to recognize him and denies that she has ever seen him before. But, he drew a picture if her, so he looks at the picture and is sure that this is the same girl.
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- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
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During my naval service, my ship anchored in Hong Kong right after the film crew for the movie had left. I toured the location site where Suzie had live. From what I understood from the local people and police. Suzie Wong and Robert Lomax were real people who found each other by accident and fell in love. The baby; however in real life, did not die as the movie indicated. I did purchase the book after I left Hong Kong and still have it today.. I found the book to be very compeling as I laughed and cried with both Robert and Suzie.
On a whim, I read this story after returning from a trip to Hong Kong. What a great find. The story takes us through the unlikely meeting and courtship between an English artist and a Hong Kong prostitute in postwar Hong Kong. This novel narrates in a style that is so vivid and engaging, you'll find yourself captivated. Very good character development (it's been said that the bar girl characters have so much detail and seem so real, the author most likely based it on actual people he met during his research). The main character, Suzie Wong, is an underdog that you will find yourself rooting for as if you knew her personally. The story also teaches us that despite whatever tragedies that life might deal us, it is possible and important to maintain dignity and a pure heart.
This is a wonderful depiction of life in Hong Kong after WW2. Suzie is a beautiful Wanchi girl whom despite, her occupation and, lack of education is a very wise human being with an exceptional insite on life. Robert Lomax is sort of a snob throughout but the fact that Suzie understands and excepts him inspite of his faults make for truely wonderful moments. The movie with William Holden and Nancy Kwan is excellent! But compare the dialog and the book seems a little dry. Other than that I truely enjoyed it.
Beautifully written, glamourous, gritty, yada yada.