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Lost in Translation Hardcover – 29 Sep 1998

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers (29 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385319347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385319348
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 17.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,915,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Advance praise for "Lost in Translation:
""Lost in Translation is an adventurous and romantic tale of a complex American woman in an exotic landscape. A remarkable first novel."
--Dominick Dunne, bestselling author of "Another City, Not My Own
"Nicole Mones takes you on an enthralling, sensuous journey through China that leads deep into the hidden chambers of the human heart."
--Beth Henley, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Crimes of the Heart
"A complex portrait of a woman in search of herself . . . that reveals as much about character and cultural differences as it does about a search for priceless, long-lost fossils. Mones succeeds in integrating archeological history, spiritual philosophy and cultural dislocation into a tale of identity on many levels."
--"Publishers Weekly, starred review

"From the Hardcover edition.

Advance praise for "Lost in Translation: "
" "Lost in Translation" is an adventurous and romantic tale of a complex American woman in an exotic landscape. A remarkable first novel."
--Dominick Dunne, bestselling author of "Another City, Not My Own"
" Nicole Mones takes you on an enthralling, sensuous journey through China that leads deep into the hidden chambers of the human heart."
--Beth Henley, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Crimes of the Heart"
" A complex portrait of a woman in search of herself . . . that reveals as much about character and cultural differences as it does about a search for priceless, long-lost fossils. Mones succeeds in integrating archeological history, spiritual philosophy and cultural dislocation into a tale of identity on many levels."
--"Publishers Weekly," starred review

"From the Hardcover edition."

Advance praise for "Lost in Translation: "

""Lost in Translation" is an adventurous and romantic tale of a complex American woman in an exotic landscape. A remarkable first novel."
--Dominick Dunne, bestselling author of "Another City, Not My Own"

"Nicole Mones takes you on an enthralling, sensuous journey through China that leads deep into the hidden chambers of the human heart."
--Beth Henley, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Crimes of the Heart"

"A complex portrait of a woman in search of herself . . . that reveals as much about character and cultural differences as it does about a search for priceless, long-lost fossils. Mones succeeds in integrating archeological history, spiritual philosophy and cultural dislocation into a tale of identity on many levels."
--"Publishers Weekly, " starred review


"From the Hardcover edition."

Advance praise for "Lost in Translation: "
""Lost in Translation" is an adventurous and romantic tale of a complex American woman in an exotic landscape. A remarkable first novel."
--Dominick Dunne, bestselling author of "Another City, Not My Own"
"Nicole Mones takes you on an enthralling, sensuous journey through China that leads deep into the hidden chambers of the human heart."
--Beth Henley, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Crimes of the Heart"
"A complex portrait of a woman in search of herself . . . that reveals as much about character and cultural differences as it does about a search for priceless, long-lost fossils. Mones succeeds in integrating archeological history, spiritual philosophy and cultural dislocation into a tale of identity on many levels."
--"Publishers Weekly, " starred review

"From the Hardcover edition." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A novel of searing intelligence and startling originality, "Lost in Translation heralds the debut of a unique new voice on the literary landscape. Nicole Mones creates an unforgettable story of love and desire, of family ties and human conflict, and of one woman's struggle to lose herself in a foreign land--only to discover her home, her heart, herself.
At dawn in Beijing, Alice Mannegan pedals a bicycle through the deserted streets. An American by birth, a translator by profession, she spends her nights in Beijing's smoke-filled bars, and the Chinese men she so desires never misunderstand her intentions. All around her rushes the air of China, the scent of history and change, of a world where she has come to escape her father's love and her own pain. It is a world in which, each night as she slips from her hotel, she hopes to lose herself forever.
For Alice, it began with a phone call from an American archaeologist seeking a translator. And it ended in an intoxicating journey of the heart--one that would plunge her into a nation's past, and into some of the most rarely glimpsed regions of China. Hired by an archaeologist searching for the bones of Peking Man, Alice joins an expedition that penetrates a vast, uncharted land and brings Professor Lin Shiyang into her life. As they draw closer to unearthing the secret of Peking Man, as the group's every move is followed, their every whisper recorded, Alice and Lin find shelter in each other, slowly putting to rest the ghosts of their pasts. What happens between them becomes one of the most breathtakingly erotic love stories in recent fiction. Indeed, "Lost in Translation is a novel about love--between a nation and its past, betweena man and a memory, between a father and a daughter. Its powerful impact confirms the extraordinary gifts of a master storyteller, Nicole Mones. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
This novel of the intersection of language, identity, cultures and sex in an archeological expedition in China today is one of the best I have read in quite a while. With the Jesuit rebel priest and anthropologist, Teilhard de Chardin, as the leit-motif behind most of the personal interactions. the reader is offered new insights into human as well as divine love.The protagonists are an American woman trying to get as far away as possible from her racist father and the culture he ordains, an American anthropologist trying to recover Peking Man to restore his career, and a Chinese anthropologist who has been traumatized by the Cultural Revolution (called the Chaos by Chinese today)and his wife's destruction by it.Alice Mannegan's attempts to become Chinese are doomed despite her proficiency in the language and knowledge of the culture and history of China. It's painful but enthralling to watch her try to come to terms with her father, her "true Chinese man" Dr. Lin, and her possible future in China. She is not the most likeable person, but she is not repellant in any way. Just foolish in her understanding of herself and her history.Adam Spencer the American anthropologist who hires Alice as translator is the least interesting. Dr. Lin and the many Chinese actors in this tale reveal a great deal about contemporary China which I daresay most westerners,including myself, do not know.The mystery and the history of Peking Man's discovery, disappearance and possible final end is exciting. One learns much Chinese geography, customs and traditions, the subtleties of Chinese ideas, and the difficulties of life there today. We are very different from one another and we Americans do not realize how fortunate we are.Read more ›
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Running from her father's racism, Alice Mannegan has carved a life of sorts in Beijing,China. By day she is a translator opening the Chinese world to foreigners. At night she moves from bar to bar hoping that Chinese world will open for her. All that changes when she teams with American and Chinese archaelogists in a search for the remains of Peking Man. As the search unfolds, Mones offers her readers wonderfully panoramic glimpses of her characters, each as complex as the Chinese culture itself. This is a compelling story of cultural and family histories, each complex in their own way. It is also a story of love - losing it , regaining it, and realizing that sometimes it is never lost at all. Mones' knowledge, and obvious love, of China combined with her storytelling create a novel that enriches its readers. I highly recommend it.
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By A Customer on 23 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is so original, like another reveiwer I didn't want it to end. Nicole Mones obviously loves China and "Lost In Translation" contains many insights into both the country and the people. At the begining of the book you learn that Alice wishes she were Chinese, and as the novel progresses you understand more and more why she feels this way.
If you only read one book about a foreigner's experience in China, this should be the one.
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By A Customer on 29 Jun. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. The back drop of searching for Peking Man gave it a very entertaining adventurous quality. And the other side of the novel, Alice Mannegan's search for herself and for love, was even more engrossing. One reviewer said that it was impossible to relate to any of the characters - I disagree. I found immense character development in this novel, and I especially sympathized with Alice. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone.
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The main character falls in love with China. This love becomes the central theme in her life. The author does a wonderful job of exploring the feelings and attitudes of a sinophile in the 1980's.
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When reviewers hide behind the mask labelled "A customer" we are blocked from examining their other reviews & also from determining if this is the only review they've ever written in their lives. Also, none of these reviewers are listed as having purchased the book (from Amazon). This is highly unusual and raises doubts re: one hidden person writing multiple reviews & packing the ballot box.

Since there is variety in the reviews, maybe this 26 out of 26 pattern is due to an Amazon distortion and the reviewers wated to be identified. Amazon should look into this cuz it looks funny as it is.

My own vote (under my real name) is 5* to this startling journey of an American woman offering 100% commitment & a willingness to pay any price to become Chinese. It's her tragic fate that she seeks this in a country that wants to destroy the traditional as quickly as possible & imprisons her in the permanent stereotype of foreigner. No amount of "going native" no matter how deep and profound, will synchronize her with the China she is romanticizing in her mind & that she mistakenly hopes will give her a refuge. Her gifted, hard earned senstivity and empathy re: Chinese feelings will be set at naught by the chasm that cannot be bridged, heedless of her endless devotions and accomplishments. Instead of being overtaken by gloom, we rub our eyes at the heroic intensity of her giving the effort everything she has.
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