A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers
What happens when a Chinese girl adrift in Britain falls for an Englishman adrift in life: a funny, sexy, romantic novel.
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2007.
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction
Twenty-three-year-old Zhuang (or Z as she calls herself - Westerners cannot pronounce her name) arrives in London to spend a year learning English. Struggling to find her way in the city, and through the puzzles of tense, verb and adverb; she falls for an older Englishman and begins to realise that the landscape of love is an even trickier terrain...
Xiaolu Guo was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists
Praise for A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers
Guo uses her minimalist messed-up prose not just to tell an affecting coming-of-age story but to ask deep questions about the real differences between Chinese and British culture and languageIndependent on Sunday
Funny and charming...more than a love story; its psychology is politically acute, and things noted lightly in it linger in the mindUrsula K Le Guin, Guardian
It is impossible not to be charmed by her matter-of-factness. As the story grows in complexity with Z's growing vocabulary - the narration acquires fluency and tenses almost imperceptibly - it is equally hard not to be impressed by Guo's vivacious talentSophie Harrison, Sunday Times
This is a troubling, humane, and emotionally provocative novel which possesses the unusual quality of forcing the reader to thinkClaire Kilroy, Irish Times
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers is an intriguing, funny and unusual novel about what gets lost in translationSally Kinnes, Herald
Charming, bittersweet novel...compelling...The culture clash...is beautifully drawn and utterly convincing...A memorable take on East meets WestJane Housha, Daily Express
An uplifting novel with moments of great poignancy and pathosTatler
An utterly captivating, and disorientating, journey both through language and through loveBoyd Tonkin, Independent