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. Suzie Wong was on the cover of the October 24, 1960 issue of Life Magazine. 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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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.About the Author:
Richard Mason was born near Manchester, England on 16 May 1919. He was a British novelist, he was educated in Dorset, and worked first on a film magazine and later for the British Council. The Second World War gave him a chance to learn Japanese and he became an interrogator of prisoners of war. The Second World War gave him a chance to learn Japanese and he became an interrogator of prisoners of war. He wrote several books. Mason wrote The Wind Cannot Read finished during the Burma Campaign and the screenplay for the 1958 film version starring Dirk Bogarde; The Shadow and the Peak (filmed as Passionate Summer, ; and The Fever Tree, a story of espionage set in India and Nepal. His experiences while living in Hong Kong inspired him to write The World of Suzie Wong. This was adapted into a Broadway play in 1958 and later into the film, The World of Suzie Wong, in 1960, starring William Holden and Nancy Kwan. He died oon 13 October 1997 in Rome, Italy.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Paperback. Book Condition: GOOD. Good: Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some minor highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable. Bookseller Inventory # 2605070470
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1969. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Bookseller Inventory # GD-267-17-2678002