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A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers

A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers - Xiaolu Guo

A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers

Drawing on her diaries written upon her initial arrival in London, Guo creates this story to match her own steadily improving English. Freshly humorous, sexy, and poignant, this debut novel is an utterly original story about language, identity, and the cultural divide.

From one of our most important contemporary Chinese authors: a novel of language and love that tells one young Chinese woman's story of her journey to the West--and her attempts to understand the language, and the man, she adores. Zhuang--or "Z," to tongue-tied foreigners--has come to London to study English, but finds herself adrift, trapped in a cycle of cultural gaffes and grammatical mishaps. Then she meets an Englishman who changes everything, leading her into a world of self-discovery. She soon realizes that, in the West, "love" does not always mean the same as in China, and that you can learn all the words in the English language and still not understand your lover. And as the novel progresses with steadily improving grammar and vocabulary, Z's evolving voice makes her quest for comprehension all the more poignant. With sparkling wit, Xiaolu Guo has created an utterly original novel about identity and the cultural divide.

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Drawing on her diaries written upon her initial arrival in London, Guo creates this story to match her own steadily improving English. Freshly humorous, sexy, and poignant, this debut novel is an utterly original story about language, identity, and the cultural divide.

From one of our most important contemporary Chinese authors: a novel of language and love that tells one young Chinese woman's story of her journey to the West--and her attempts to understand the language, and the man, she adores. Zhuang--or "Z," to tongue-tied foreigners--has come to London to study English, but finds herself adrift, trapped in a cycle of cultural gaffes and grammatical mishaps. Then she meets an Englishman who changes everything, leading her into a world of self-discovery. She soon realizes that, in the West, "love" does not always mean the same as in China, and that you can learn all the words in the English language and still not understand your lover. And as the novel progresses with steadily improving grammar and vocabulary, Z's evolving voice makes her quest for comprehension all the more poignant. With sparkling wit, Xiaolu Guo has created an utterly original novel about identity and the cultural divide.

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