The World of Suzie Wong

The World of Suzie Wong

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The enduring love story of a young British artist and a Chinese prostitute who meet in Hong Kong brothel.

Robert was looking for a place where he could live and paint. He rented a room at the Nam Kok Hotel, only to discover he was the only guest renting his room by the hour. Then he met Suzie at the bar. He'd never known anyone quite like her, and he was completely captivated. To Suzie, her love for Robert was something entirely new and different, wiping out her past and making her forget that she had ever been a 'dirty yum-yum girl.' But even in Hong Kong, where many white expatriates had Chinese mistresses, their romance caused a stir.

This beautifully written time capsule of a novel will resonate with readers today just as it did when it was first published in 1957. It quickly became an international bestseller, inspiring a Broadway play, a hit film, and even a ballet.

'Reminiscent of Somerset Maugham at his storytelling best . . . Suzie Wong is enchanting.' New York Herald Tribune

'Refreshingly different . . . excitingly real and vivid.' The Boston Globe

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2011.
ISBN: 9780143120421
Branch Call Number: MAS
Characteristics: 339 pages ; 20 cm

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jeannep
Jul 01, 2012

I kept hoping that this book would get better and it didn't. I found the characters boring and dull. The dialogue seemed uninspired. I found it hard to believe that it became a play and movie. Maybe in 1957 it was considered novel. I was hoping for more history of the time and how post war, post revolution changed the lives of women in Hong Kong. Not the best reading value.

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