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A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo
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Jan 24, 2010

it was amazing

Written in delicious pidgin, this novel details the experiences of an acutely perceptive 23 year-old female Chinese student facing daily life in London for her first time in the West.

While all 352 pages will pass for a light read in a few hilarious hours, this book deserves slow and thoughtful attention for surprising insights into the Chinese mindset as the main character works her way through the culture bumps of daily life.

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Amy Tan qualifies Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers as "Original, humorous and wise", while The Guardian notes its "politically acute...psychology" and Independent says it "Cleverly courts our assumptions about the chasms between Chinese and Western cultures, only to upend them." Returning to Amy Tan: "Within imperfect language one can find many perfect truths of the human condition. The misunderstandings are really the understandings of the differences of the heart between men and women."

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