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A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages
Published: 03/01/2008
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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

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099501473
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 293 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm


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Written in deliberately bad English, this is a wonderful comic romance - Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

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

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“A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers”

Funny and bittersweet. London through the eyes of a visitor makes this a great holiday read. Laura Winter, Waterstone's Cardholder.

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“Another hit for this author”

I have read one of her other books.
This one was a complete work of art

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