The World of Suzie Wong
is a 1957 novel
written by Richard Mason
. The main characters are Robert Lomax, a young British artist living in Hong Kong, and Suzie Wong, the title character, a Chinese woman who works as a prostitute
. The novel has been adapted into a play, spawned two unofficial sequels, a hit film and a ballet.
Robert Lomax is a young Englishman who, after leaving National Service
, decides to go and work on a plantation in British Malaya
. During his time in Malaya Lomax decides as an experiment to pursue a new career as an artist for a year.
Lomax visits Hong Kong
in search of inspiration for his paintings. He checks into the Nam Kok Hotel, not realizing, at first, that it is an unofficial brothel catering mainly to British and American sailors. However, the discovery of that fact only makes the hotel more charming in Lomax's opinion and a better source of subject matter for his paintings.
Lomax quickly befriends most of the hotel's bargirls
but is most fascinated by the archetypal "hooker with a heart of gold
", Suzie Wong. Wong previously introduced herself to him as Wong Mee-ling, a rich virgin
whose father had five houses and more cars than she could count, and initially pretended not to recognize him at the hotel. Lomax had originally decided that he would not sleep with any of the bargirls at the hotel because he would be living with them for a long time and did not want to put a strain on their relationships. However, it soon emerges that... Read More