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 guy, she adores.Zhuang – or “Z,” to tongue-tied foreigners – has come to London to review English, yet reveals herself adrift, trapped in a cycle of cultural gaffes and grammatical mishaps. Then she meets an Englishman who alterations every little thing, best her right into a international of self-discovery. She quickly realizes that, within the West, “love” doesn't consistently suggest just like in China, and for you to examine all of the phrases within the English language and nonetheless no longer comprehend your lover. and because the novel progresses with gradually enhancing grammar and vocabulary, Z's evolving voice makes her quest for comprehension all of the extra poignant. With glowing wit, Xiaolu Guo has created an totally unique novel approximately id and the cultural divide.
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4. While I was waiting for the bus I put my hand into my pocket to get some change. ” I nodded. 5. While I was waiting for the bus I put my hand into my pocket to get some change and I forgot where I was and what I was doing and I looked at a cloud for help but it said nothing. 21 PISS-BUSH I can make a gift for you that is a snowball in a brown paperbag and I can make a gift for you that is confetti cut from lamplight and I make gifts like that, that’s all I do. I woke up facedown in my pillow and I thought the world was gone and I became a millionaire but I was wrong and now I regret throwing out all of my underwear and socks.
37 12. I walked up to the dead body and the policeman and I played a few games of tic-tac-toe on the dead body and the policeman kept winning because he kept taking the middle spot like a cheating motherfucker. 13. ” 14. I stopped next to the dead body. A policeman looked at me. ” 15. I walked up to the body. I looked at it. I bent down and scooped some water from a puddle. I put the water up to the dead body’s mouth. Nothing happened. I thought, “I am going to go watch tv” and then I walked away and my hand was cold and wet.
So gross. 19 PERSON IN A WHEELCHAIR ON A TRAMPOLINE I don’t care if it takes me the rest of my life I am going to spit on my feet until I float away from the planet into space where there’s no one to talk to and nothing to do. You can be a miniature god if you shoot my boiling head and kill it. Shoot my boiling head—I feel too stupid to move. My plaque deposits become horns when I shove them deep into my forehead. Still look the same. And I can kill anything that is smaller than my mouth or hands.
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo