The World of Suzie Wong: A Novel [NOOK Book]

Overview

Penguin Books reintroduces the timeless story of the love affair between a British artist and a Chinese prostitute.

Robert is t he only resident of the Nam Kok hotel not renting his room by the hour when he meets Suzie at the bar. She becomes his muse and they fall in love. But even in Hong Kong, where many white expatriates have Chinese mistresses, their romance could jeopardize the things they each hold dear. Set in the mid-1950s, The World ...
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Overview

Penguin Books reintroduces the timeless story of the love affair between a British artist and a Chinese prostitute.

Robert is t he only resident of the Nam Kok hotel not renting his room by the hour when he meets Suzie at the bar. She becomes his muse and they fall in love. But even in Hong Kong, where many white expatriates have Chinese mistresses, their romance could jeopardize the things they each hold dear. Set in the mid-1950s, The World of Suzie Wong is a beautifully written time capsule of a novel. First published more than fifty years ago, it resonated with readers worldwide, inspiring a film starring William H olden, a ballet, and even a reggae song. Now readers can experience the romance of this groundbreaking story anew.


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Publishers Weekly
Though 55 years have passed since Mason’s (1919–1997) romantic novel of colonial Hong Kong was first published (spawning a ballet, a play, and a film starring William Holden and Nancy Kwan), the work retains the power to seduce. In the Elizabeth II Coronation Year of 1953, young Englishman Robert Lomax chucks his career at a rubber estate in Malaya to try his hand at painting, “the only part of myself for which I jealously cared,” he notes. Savings take him as far as the Nam Kok hotel in the Wanchai district of Hong Kong, where he may well be the only boarder not paying by the hour. When he meets the beautiful Suzie Wong, despite knowingly having a self-centered “mentality as doomed as the Empire which bred it,” Robert thinks she’s more than just “a dirty little yum-yum girl” and wants to take care of her. Suzie is struggling to support her baby and find “a big heart” in the endless stream of sailors. Although drawn to Robert, Suzie warns, “I told you I would just give you trouble.” Fans of the 1960 film and hopeless romantics of every stripe will forgive the overearnest narration (love and jealousy make for a potent mix) and relish the vicissitudes of a cross-cultural romance as choppy as Kowloon Bay. (Jan. 31)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101572399
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 403,172
  • File size: 379 KB

Meet the Author

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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2002

    Love knows no bounderies

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2001

    A Beautiful Story

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Read this book.

    Beautifully written, glamourous, gritty, yada yada.

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