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A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers By Xiaolu Guo

A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers
by Xiaolu Guo

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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.Xiaolu Guo was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists
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A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers Summary


A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo

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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A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers Reviews


"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 *

About Xiaolu Guo


Xiaolu Guo was born in south China. She studied film at the Beijing Film Academy and published six books in China before she moved to London in 2002. Her books include Village of Stone which was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth which was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize, and I Am China which was longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. Xiaolu has also directed several award-winning films including She, A Chinese and a documentary about London, Late at Night. She lives in London.

Additional information

GOR000824164
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo
Xiaolu Guo
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Vintage Publishing
2008-01-03
368
0099501473
9780099501473
N/A
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