A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers
By (author) Xiaolu Guo
Format: Paperback / softback
Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo
Book DescriptionLanguage and love collide in this inventive novel of a young Chinese woman's 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780307278401
Paperback / softback
(204mm x 133mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Anchor Books
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publish Date: 10-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Xiaolu Guo
Once Upon A Time in the East, Hardback (January 2017)
Xiaolu Guo meets her parents for the first time when she is almost seven. This book takes Xiaolu from a run-down shack to film school in a rapidly changing Beijing. In 2002 she leaves Beijing on a scholarship to study in Britain. This memoir is a handbook of life lessons.
I am China, Paperback (August 2015)
In a flat above a noisy north London market, translator Iona Kirkpatrick starts work on a Chinese letter. Two lovers, Mu and Jian, have been driven apart by forces beyond their control. As Iona unravels the story of the lovers, Jian and Mu seem to be travelling further and further away from each other.
Woman Warrior, Paperback (January 2015)
With an introduction by Xiaolu Guo. A classic memoir set during the Chinese revolution of the 1940s and inspired by folklore, providing a unique insight into the life of an immigrant in America.
Because I am a Girl, Paperback (January 2010)» View all books by Xiaolu Guo
A collection of writings about prejudice, abuse, and neglect, but also about courage, resilience and changing attitudes towards girls.
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Author Biography - Xiaolu Guo
XIAOLU GUO was born in 1973. After graduating from the Beijing Film Academy, she published a number of books in China. Since 2002, she has been dividing her time between London and Beijing. She has written and directed award-winning documentaries including "The Concrete Revolution"; her first feature film, "How Is Your Fish Today?, " was screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 International Women s Film Festival. "A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers," her third novel, is the first book she has written directly in English; it was short-listed for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction."
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