Cialis dosagem Xiaolu Guo’s novel A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary For Lovers is breezy, cialis dosagem at times child-like, cialis dosagem exquisitely painful and wise. Cialis dosagem Chronicling the journey of a young Chinese girl, cialis dosagem Zhuang Xiao Qiao; her story begins with the arresting phrase “Sorry of my English”.
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Cialis dosagem The novel is the story of Zhuang Xiao Qiao developing as an person, cialis dosagem and English-speaker and a woman as she takes a lover. Cialis dosagem The match seems as awkward as her halting English – he is much older and has lived a solitary life. Cialis dosagem As Xiao learns how to find her voice in English, cialis dosagem she also learns to find her voice as a woman. Cialis dosagem The experience of Xiao’s story is, cialis dosagem for the reader, cialis dosagem the experience of approaching Western culture with new eyes. Cialis dosagem Guo’s prose is most powerful when communicating the sense of the alien and unknown, cialis dosagem the deep confusion and ambiguity that exists in the space between cultures and languages.
Cialis dosagem The convention of a dictionary gives the author Guo, cialis dosagem and the protagonist Xiao a space to deconstruct words and in doing so to unpack the tensions between East and West, cialis dosagem between Chinese and English and between Xiao and her unnamed lover. Cialis dosagem Guo deftly weaves the changing English voice of Xiao and the analysis of definitions without distracting from the easy, cialis dosagem flowing prose. Cialis dosagem However, cialis dosagem the ease of the well-crafted writing does not mean that this is an easy story to read. Cialis dosagem The pain of isolation, cialis dosagem the frustrations of a relationship, cialis dosagem the challenge of learning a language are all captured with unflinching clarity in powerfully evocative writing.
Cialis dosagem Because of the unique narration of this book, cialis dosagem it invites rereading in a way I’ve never encountered before. Cialis dosagem This is the first book that I finished and immediately turned back to the first page and began reading again. Cialis dosagem By the end of the novel, cialis dosagem the reader has returned to the familiar as the distance between Xiao and the reader has been closed, cialis dosagem as the distance between Xian and English has been closed. Cialis dosagem Xiao is a different person at the end of the novel and to return to who she was at the beginning of the novel is entertaining and insightful.
Cialis dosagem Guo has given us a fascinating and very engaging story which is wonderful for it’s profound identity as a novel. Cialis dosagem A personal journal that is written for herself, cialis dosagem the text of this book doesn’t just describe her journey but it is the manifestation of that journey as her writing shifts from stumbling ineptitude to confident fluency. Cialis dosagem This story cannot work in any other form – a movie of this story is unthinkable and even an audio book would be nonsensical. Cialis dosagem Moreover, cialis dosagem this novel was authored in English and would fail if translated. Cialis dosagem This story is as much about the words that make the story as the words of the story. Cialis dosagem This novel was excellent and enjoyable. Cialis dosagem It provides an enlightening perspective and does so with elegance and craft.