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A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers

by Xiaolu Guo
£7.99   paperback  Vintage (2008)

A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo Z is a 23-year-old Chinese language student who has come to London to learn English. When the book begins she can barely ask for a cup of tea, but when language comes, so does love. As she gets to know British culture she also falls for an older English man who lives a resolutely bachelor life in Hackney. It's a million miles away from the small Chinese town she comes from, where her parents want nothing more for her than that she should follow them into the shoe business. Z learns about sex, humour, companionship and passion, but she also learns the painful truth that language is also a barrier and the more you know about it, the less you understand.
 
Written in short chapters, each the definition of a word, this is a brilliantly clever book that pokes fun at England and China and explores the endless possibilities for misunderstanding between East and West, men and women.

ISBN 13: 9780099501473 | ISBN 10: 0099501473