By Xiaolu Guo
Language and love collide during this artistic novel of a tender chinese language woman's trip to the West and her makes an attempt to appreciate the language, and the fellow, she adores.Zhuang – or “Z,” to tongue-tied foreigners – has come to London to review English, yet unearths herself adrift, trapped in a cycle of cultural gaffes and grammatical mishaps. Then she meets an Englishman who adjustments every little thing, top her right into a international of self-discovery. She quickly realizes that, within the West, “love” doesn't continually suggest just like in China, and that you should research all of the phrases within the English language and nonetheless no longer comprehend your lover. and because the novel progresses with gradually bettering grammar and vocabulary, Z's evolving voice makes her quest for comprehension the entire extra poignant. With glowing wit, Xiaolu Guo has created an completely unique novel approximately identification and the cultural divide.
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Your place is bright and cheery. ” “Mr. ” “I’ll bet. As long as Mr. Benson doesn’t have to do it, I’ll bet he lets me paint, too. ” She gave a wry grin. ” Katie crossed her arms, feeling the morning sun begin to warm her face. ” “I’m not sure I can make it that long. ” She reached for her sunglasses and began wiping the lenses with her shirt. “How do you like Southport? ” “You don’t sound like you’re from around here. ” After a moment, Katie nodded. “That’s what I thought,” Jo went on. “And Southport takes awhile to get used to.
Same items as always, with the addition of a tube of sunscreen. When she peeked over the counter at Kristen, Alex noticed the changeable color of her eyes. ” He began loading her bag. “My favorite Dickens novel is Great Expectations,” he said. He tried to sound friendly as he put the items in her bag. ” Instead of answering right away, she seemed startled that he remembered that she’d told him she liked Dickens. “A Tale of Two Cities,” she answered, her voice soft. “I like that one, too. ” “Yes,” she said.
Katie handed over the items one by one, listening as Jo raved about every piece. When the bag was empty, Jo sighed. “Okay, it’s official. I’m jealous. ” Katie shrugged, feeling suddenly sheepish. “Sorry,” she said. ” “Well, good for you. ” Katie nodded toward Jo’s house. ” she asked. ” Jo made a face. “The truth is, after I got the unpacking done and I cleaned the place from top to bottom, I sort of ran out of energy.
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo