The World of Suzie Wong

The World of Suzie Wong

Richard Mason / May 25, 2019

The World of Suzie Wong The timeless story of the love affair between a British artist and a Chinese prostitute Robert is the only resident of the Nam Kok hotel not renting his room by the hour when he meets Suzie at the bar

  • Title: The World of Suzie Wong
  • Author: Richard Mason
  • ISBN: 9780143120421
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Paperback
  • The timeless story of the love affair between a British artist and a Chinese prostitute.Robert is the 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 eachThe timeless story of the love affair between a British artist and a Chinese prostitute.Robert is the 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 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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        Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information Richard Mason was a British novelist Born near Manchester, he was educated in Dorset, then 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.Mason wrote The Wind Cannot Read which was finished during the Burma Campaign The Shadow and the Peak filmed as Passionate Summer, starring Dirk Bogarde 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 a film in 1960.Mason died of throat cancer in Rome, where he had lived for nearly 40 years.


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    1. i had never previously read about anyone that told my story so closely. the conflicts that robert lomax experienced about suzie wong working in a bar will be viewed very differently depending on whether the reader is male or female, young or old. richard mason couldn't pull that story from his imagination , he had to live it. i tried to read mason's other books and couldn't. i read that mason said he stopped writing because he had nothing else to say. thankfully he wrote suzie wong before he sto [...]


    2. What delight this book is. I love HK. I wish the HK of today was like that of the one I first visited in 1988, let alone how wonderful it muust have been as portrayed in the late 50s of this book.The world is not only Suzie's. It is that of HK. The "yum-yum" girls of the dance halls and the bars. The sailors who visit this huge port when their ships dock. And the ex-pat community. Not only is Suzie a finely drawn character, so are her friends and along with Robert and his connections with the ex [...]


    3. Of all the fictions written by Western authors about "mysterious Asians" this one is probably my favorite now. Im completely fascinated by the story. I don't know how Richard Mason did it, but all of those details put you back in time, alongside Suzie Wong and her lover and sisters, in Hong Kong. There is just the right amount of sorrow AND happiness to make it work. Great love story too.


    4. I read Richard Mason's Suzie Wong for the first time during my first trip to Hong Kong. I was less lucky in finding a hooker who wanted to be my girlfriend than the protagonist Robert Lomax, but the book nonetheless was a great trip down the seedy lanes of Hong Kong past. I even referred to it in a travel article I penned about today's Wan Chai girls:"DAY 6: I give the Island another chance and take the night ferry across the harbor to the north end’s older and seedier nightspot, the infamous [...]


    5. I read this book 15 years ago and remembered enjoying it, but recently I re-watched the movie, so picked the book up again. It's amazing how much of the story the film cut out of the book. I thought Richard Mason did a great job of portraying a certain part of Hong Kong during the late 50s and the different people who inhabited--or simply visited--Wanchai. The end was downright thrilling and even sinister when they were in seedy Macau. It's too bad the film cut out that part. If you're going to [...]


    6. Living in Hong Kong, i've wanted to read this for a long time. Finally got round to it. Was great to read about this city in the 1950s and the story was also very compelling.


    7. Pretty much just as racist & misogynist as you'd expect it to be. Like a fucking biography of every dirty old cheek-toucher in Lan Kwai Fong.


    8. This book came up on a recommended list when I was searching for novels set in Hong Kong, and I'm glad I decided to read it. It bears no resemblance to modern day Hong Kong, of course - it's set in the 1950s, with all the attendant romance of a colony so very sure of itself, and told from the point of view of a man in love with the city and its people and disillusioned with the West. But as a story, a love story, it holds up surprisingly well, with lots of sharp little details like the prostitut [...]


    9. I picked up an ancient copy of this book from a free bin without much hope that I would like it. But I could not have been more wrong in my assumptions. Instead of the prurient, racist plotline that I expected, I found this to be an extremely well written and thoughtful book. Richard Mason was unafraid to address head-on issues that would have been taboo to discuss at the time it was written, and he defines the character of Suzie Wong with honesty and compassion for who she is. She is not the "s [...]


    10. MY FAVORITE FAIRY TALE.“Reminiscent of Somerset Maugham at his storytelling best… Suzie Wong is enchanting.” [New York Herald Tribune]—page 2The first time I read ‘The World of Suzie Wong’ telephones all had rotary dials and stayed mostly in one place, car windows had handles with knobs to roll them up and down, the latest electronic marvel was the transistor radio, and Hong Kong still had almost forty years remaining as a dirty, though romantic, British Crown Colony. A half-century [...]


    11. Written in the 1950s, this book has been dusted off by those interested in Hong Kong and China. Rather than reflecting the ugliest of 50s stereotypes, the book is more nuanced about Hong Kong and the Cantonese. Despite being progressive for its time, there are moments in which ugliness peaks through and I found this very interesting. As Mason tries to be open and accepting of the Cantonese, he still has deep assumptions about gender and race. But this is a page-turner with interesting characters [...]


    12. Not sure how well this has aged. On the one hand, some of the painful expat stereotypes are alive and well, as are the somewhat strained relations between westerners in Hong Kong and the local Chinese population. Certain inequalities are alive now- Wanchai is still the red light district and a seedy dive, it is lacking in some of the nostalgic, colonial vibes that colour this novel.Certain melodramatic elements don't ring true and leave the reader feeling cold. Saying any more on the subject wou [...]


    13. A totally unexpected surprise. Recalling an old movie of the same name (which I've never seen), I picked it up from the library where a new paperback “cult classic” edition was on the “Did you miss these?” shelf. I was amazed to read a 1957 novel that captivated me from start to finish with the Hong Kong romance of expatriate artist Robert and local prostitute Suzie, an “exotic” setting and eccentric cast of characters, and a forthright, ahead-of-its-times portrayal of both a sexual [...]


    14. Very evocative and thoughtfully written novel that could have trodden a well-worn path into cheap exploitation but didn't. I was aware of this book as a child, mostly because of Tsai Chin's hit song from the Lionel Bart musical. I haven't seen the William Holden/Nancy Kwan movie, but I don't see how it could translate to the screen. It's a skilful example of British writing from the very end of the colonial period - which is why it's compared to Somerset Maugham, I suppose - and it's a classic o [...]


    15. In spite of the setting, this is a well-written love story that crosses cultures and social strata. Suzie often keeps her thoughts hidden, which enhances the drama in certain portions because we never really know what she is thinking or how she will act. Far from being a callous, shallow individual, she is in fact a very complex and endearing woman. I was sad when I reached the end of the book because I wish the story could have continued. Will definitely re-read this one in a few years' time.


    16. Another book I adored as a teen, and I'm so thrilled to see it has been rereleased. I'll be reading this again soon. I first read this when I was about thirteen, and then at least another four times while I was still at school. I can remember the impact the setting had on me--Asia! The Far East I was utterly obsessed by it. (I have since lived in various parts of Asia for many years, and my sons are Eurasian.)I look forward to reading this again and seeing if it still holds a 5 star rating. I ho [...]


    17. Even for its time this book is mind numbingly horrid. Humbert Humbert is a more sympathetic character than the self absorbed, hateful, arrogant, racist, arrested-development fuckwit character who narrates this story. Just read the scenes with Suzie's baby. Pretty much a huge waste of time and paper, and will make you feel slightly ill afterwards into the bargain.


    18. Such a simple story, and really simple dialogue too but Suzie Wong feels so real and their love felt so reasl. After I finished the book I had a hard time believing she didn't actually exist. Some people may find parts of the book rather culturally insensitive but let's remember folks that the book was written in the 50s.


    19. Found this on my father's bookshelf and thought I'd give it a try. Thoroughly enjoyed it, such lovely storytelling. I felt as though I was right there although I only know the new Hong Kong. Even though it was set in a different time, it still reminded me of my favorite places around the island. Wouldn't recommend the movie though.


    20. What a great book - it's a don't miss. A true picture of Hing Kong. Beautiful love story with strong characters.


    21. A blurb on the back cover of my copy of The World Suzie Wong compared it to the work of W. Somerset Maugham. This is a dreadful mistake. About the only similarity between Suzie Wong and the works of Maugham is that Suzie's protagonist, Robert Lomax, starts out on a Malayan rubber plantation. From that plantation he moves to Hong Kong to pursue an interest in painting. And, here, Mason creates a work of fiction that is of Hong Kong, not just set in Hong Kong. That is the difference. Maugham's wor [...]


    22. Read this book because I now live in Hong Kong and wanted to get the feel of what it 50/60 years ago. I did learn a thing or too but honestly, it's not so well written and quite reproduces the stereotype racism that it intends to expose.


    23. Un libro che insegna che l'amore è un sentimento che può nascere in noi nella maniera più inaspettata e per una persona anche molto diversa da noi: un romanzo positivo che racconta l'amore con spensieratezza e con il sorriso


    24. Though it had no real plot and was kind of all over the place, i loved how this book really took you into the sights and sounds of a Hong Kong that probably doesn't exist now. Was equal parts insightful but also wondered how the narrator seemed to float in and out of scenes.


    25. I enjoyed this book. The author wrote a good story with some nice philosophical points in the text. The characters are likeable and believable.


    26. I came across this book in the bookstore and thought it would be a new read, a different reading experience. It is that in a lot of ways, it has a unique appeal, probably because the book was written so many years ago. In the first 100 or so pages, one would not have known that this was a book that was written before Malaya became Malaysia, in the 1950s. Apart from one or two instances, it felt so modern in those first few pages. I loved that he started with his experience in Malaya, as I almost [...]


    27. The World of Suzie Wong successfully transported me to Hong Kong of the mid-1950s. It is both a great and easy read, if you are open to a melodramatic love story, with bits of emotional roller coaster ride.I found this novel at Dymocks in Melbourne when I was visiting family last December. I didn’t have a lot of expectations and the only reason why I bought it (aside from it being on sale) was that the backdrop of the story is Hong Kong, one of my favorite cities in Asia.As it turned out, The [...]


    28. I enjoyed reading this book a lot. I think it is a really nice love story and Richard Mason's beautiful style of writing makes it one of those books that feels very smooth and flowing to read, so I found I could easily get into the story. Suzie is such a lovable and interesting character. Furthermore, in the beginning of the book in the little about-the-author paragraph, it says that "the intersection of East and West" in postwar Hong Kong is what inspired Mason to write this book. Indeed, cross [...]


    29. I brought this book in Hong Kong, and yes before you ask i had a great holiday and also a great read. This was a extremely emotional rollercoster ride of a love story. You truly feel for every single character and i mean that in a postive and negative way. This book has people so real that you almost believe you can touch them. You want to curse them if they do wrong, you want to confort them when sad. I cried at the end. i will not say why. Hong Kong is vividly brought to life and yes Chinese p [...]


    30. The world of suzie wong, is a novel where a british artist falls for his model Suzie Wong a chinese prostitute. For her beauty captivates him the moment hes first lays eyes on her but, she a woman that is very hard to get. No matter how hard Suzie tries to push him away, Robert Lomax is persistant in winning her. Though I have seen the movie version with William Holden so many times, I never thought there was more to the story than I expected. Do give Richard Mason's fabulious novel reading time [...]


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