A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers

Author:   Xiaolu Guo
Publisher:   Vintage Publishing
ISBN:  

9780099501473


Pages:   368
Publication Date:   03 January 2008
Format:   Paperback
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Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction Twenty-three-year-old Zhuang (or Z as she calls herself - Westerners cannot pronounce her name) arrives in London to spend a year learning English. Struggling to find her way in the city, and through the puzzles of tense, verb and adverb; she falls for an older Englishman and begins to realise that the landscape of love is an even trickier terrain... Xiaolu Guo was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists

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Author:   Xiaolu Guo
Publisher:   Vintage Publishing
Imprint:   Vintage
Dimensions:   Width: 12.90cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 19.80cm
Weight:   0.293kg
ISBN:  

9780099501473


ISBN 10:   0099501473
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   03 January 2008
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
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Language:   English

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An utterly captivating, and disorientating, journey both through language and through love Independent Guo uses her minimalist messed-up prose not just to tell an affecting coming-of-age story but to ask deep questions about the real differences between Chinese and British culture and language Independent on Sunday Funny and charming...more than a love story; its psychology is politically acute, and things noted lightly in it linger in the mind Guardian It is impossible not to be charmed by her matter-of-factness. As the story grows in complexity with Z's growing vocabulary - the narration acquires fluency and tenses almost imperceptibly - it is equally hard not to be impressed by Guo's vivacious talent Sunday Times Captivating, charming and bittersweet...the culture clash is beautifully drawn and utterly convincing...a memorable take on East meets West Daily Express


Funny, childlike and wise all at once. -- Los Angeles Times What makes this novel winsome is hearing the authentic voice of a young woman -- bewildered, self-deprecating, funny, wise -- as she navigates the world on her own. -- USA Today Endearing. . . . Concise takes us into a new territory, all the more exciting for its virginity. -- Chicago Sun-Times A fast, breezy read, don't be so easily entertained as to miss the many nuances-beyond the most obvious definitions are deeper, more satisfying meanings. -- San Francisco Chronicle


Author Information

Xiaolu Guo was born in 1973 in a fishing village in south China. She studied film at Beijing Film Academy, worked as a screenwriter and film teacher as well as writing several books in Chinese. Xiaolu moved to London in 2002 where she began a diary written in English which became the seed for the novel A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers. Village of Stone, a novel first published in China, appeared in English translation in 2004.

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