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The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai by Ruiyan Xu
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Read from July 30 to August 04, 2010

I liked this book. Mark Zeig reviewed this on June 19, 2010 on Goodreads. A very well thought out review. But, I would disagree with him on the classification of this as a romance. This book is filled with love certainly, but not limited to romantic love. And, the love stories of husbands and wives, of children and parents, of potential romantic love are great vehicles for showing the way in which language affects people.

I think it successful on several levels. First, I was not overwhelmed with technical information regarding aphasia. I was given enough to be comfortable with as a layman and to able to sympathize with all of the characters. Second, I also was not overwhelmed with a lesson in the Chinese language. I again was given enough to understand the major difference in not only pronunciation but also how different languages affect the whole way a group of people think/behave. Third, China itself was very well described. Finally, the ending was realistic.
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