Contemporary Literature

A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo

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 fellow, 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 global of self-discovery. She quickly realizes that, within the West, “love” doesn't continually suggest just like in China, and so that you can examine the entire phrases within the English language and nonetheless now not comprehend your lover. and because the novel progresses with gradually bettering 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 completely unique novel approximately identification and the cultural divide.

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Ter vindo a Manaus foi meu último impulso aventureiro; decidi fixar-me nessa cidade porque, ao ver de longe a cúpula do teatro, recordei-me de uma mesquita que jamais 74 75 tinha visto, mas que constava nas histórias dos livros da infância e na descrição de um hadji da minha terra. Muito antes do desaparecimento de Emir soube que me casaria com Emilie; os levantinos da cidade eram numerosos e quase todos habitavam no mesmo bairro, próximo ao porto. A beira de um rio ou a orla marítima os aproximam, e em qualquer lugar do mundo as águas que eles vêem ou pisam são também as águas do Mediterrâneo.

Mas o curioso é que ele sempre deixava uma ponta de incerteza ou descrédito no que contava, sem nunca perder a entonação e o fervor dos que contam com 78 79 convicção. Os fatos e incidentes ocorridos na família de Emilie e na vida da cidade também participavam das versões confidenciadas por teu pai aos visitantes solitários da Parisiense. O que me fez pensar nisso foi a coincidência entre certas passagens da vida de outras pessoas, que mescladas a textos orientais ele incorporava à sua própria vida.

Em Manaus, um sempre fazia companhia ao outro nas idas ao cemitério e à igreja. Nunca me perguntaram se eu era religioso, mas talvez condenassem secretamente este estrangeiro que vivia no mato entre os índios, que nunca entrara numa igreja, e no entanto podia rezar uma Ave-Maria em nhengatu. Emilie e o marido praticavam a religião com fervor. Antes do casamento haviam feito um pacto para respeitar a religião do outro, cabendo aos filhos optarem por uma das duas ou por nenhuma. — Basta olhar para o templo que abriga os fiéis de cada religião para se ter uma idéia de como uma difere da outra — disse teu pai, ao explicar a árvore genealógica da família do Profeta, numa das nossas conversas de fim de tarde na Parisiense.

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