2017/07/24

BOOK REVIEW:
A CONCISE CHINESE-ENGLISH DICTIONARY FOR LOVERS BY XIAOLU GUO

Title: A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers
Author: Xiaolu Guo
Published: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 304
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
While exploring different words in the English language, a love story between a Chinese immigrant and an English man is revealed.


Review:
This book was unconventional, gripping and fascinating - not words I use often with love stories. I picked up this book after having read an excerpt from it in the form of a Vintage Mini, because I just needed to finish the story. And it was both a wonderful and somewhat sad experience.

The voice of the main character is amazing, so realistic I honestly thought for a while that this was nonfiction. The way the story is told, by exploring different words is fascinating and works really well. Language is a constant theme throughout the novel and binds the whole thing together.  It's also really fascinating to see these cultures come together in these two people and to see them both clash and merge; there's a certain humor to it that is quite delightful.

I will say the story dragged on a little bit towards the end of the middle, but other than that, it was excellent.

I would highly recommend this if you like what is a bit of an unorthodox love story, filled with life, culture and getting to know oneself.
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