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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus (7 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701184833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701184834
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Witty and original...one of China's most successful literary exports" (Guardian)

"Funny and melancholy, scintillatingly observed" (The Times)

"Original, humorous and wise" (Amy Tan)

"Xiaolu Guo is an instinctive witness; her atmospheric, unusually physical narratives are alive" (Irish Times)

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Xiaolu Guo, best known for her enchanting yet sharp take on culture-shock, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, presents a new work of fiction exploring the themes of love and exile that she has so brilliantly made her own.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Simon Savidge Reads TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Jan. 2010
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They are a collection of brilliant works, each involving very different characters but all in some ways looking at love. Not always in the cosy way that we are used to. Guo looks at love through both rose tinted spectacles in some of her characters and the eyes and minds of hardened cynics in others. We have tales of holiday romance `Letters to a City of Illusion and Hope', tales of unrequited love `Today I Decide To Die', tales of affairs `Then the Game Begins' and tales of love that cannot be spoken `Into The Unknown' really Guo has covered the whole gambit and I haven't even mentioned them all. I should mention that everyone should read `An Internet Baby' which is only eight pages long but completely shocking.

Guo is an author who will use differing forms of writing in her books. In UFO in Her Eyes the book is written in case notes and transcript interview records and 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth is interspersed with images. In this book, more than in her previous books, Guo really goes to town with writing styles. Some as I mention are told through emails, some through letters, some simply in first or third person, one short story is told in time sequence another by alternate narrators, making it a heady experience for the reader. One tale that I think shows the brilliance of Guo and her writing is called `The Third Tree' and is told through thirty pages of text messages. Now when I saw this I didn't think it would work, however I got completely involved in the tale and even felt the emotional punch at the end. Utter genius. Again it's also a very insightful look at modern love in our society today now we have this technology.
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By Jenny McNally on 25 Mar. 2015
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A collection of really beautiful and individual stories, tied together in love and loneliness. I would recommend this to anyone looking for something to curl up with on a slow, cloudy Sunday
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By Celia Freije on 4 Sept. 2013
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Beautifully written, but depressing to read. I loved her book Chinese and English for Lovers. and wanted to read other work by this author.
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love her books 8 May 2013
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Chinese English dictionary for lovers is one of my all time favorites. I got her other books and they are good, smth is in them that touches me. love the author and style of writing.
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