A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers

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Wheeler Pub., 2007 - Fiction - 413 pages
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"A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers" heralds the American debut of a remarkably gifted young writer.
Twenty-three-year-old Zhuang, the daughter of shoe factory owners in rural China, has come to London to study English. She calls herself Z because English people can't pronounce her name, but she's no better at their language. Set loose to find her way through a confusion of cultural gaffes and grammatical mishaps, she winds up lodging with a Chinese family and thinks she might as well not have left home. But then she meets an English man who changes everything. From the moment he smiles at her, she enters a new world of sex, freedom, and self-discovery. But she also 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.
Drawing on her diaries from when she first arrived in the UK, Xiaolu Guo winningly writes the story in steadily improving English grammar and vocabulary. Freshly humorous, sexy, and poignant, "A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers "is an utterly original novel about language, identity, and the cultural divide.

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

A funny, depressing story of a Chinese woman who stuggles with culture shock and feels rejected by her British lover. While the plot seems a bit forced at times, the main character manages to retain ... Read full review

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User Review  - qofd - LibraryThing

This was a touching love story of a chinese girl and an english man. I loved the way it was written. It was gentle and poetic and very honest. Read full review

Contents

February
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March
61
April
103
May
139
June
159
July
177
August
201
September
233
October
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November
327
December
343
January
359
February
379
Afterwards
399
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About the author (2007)

XIAOLU GUO, born in southern China, is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. "A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers," her first novel to be published in the United States was short-listed for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a Book Sense Pick. She divides her time between London and Beijing, and is at work on her next novel.

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