The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai

by Ruiyan Xu | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1408820161 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingDelphi_Readerwing of Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on 11/12/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingDelphi_Readerwing from Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Sunday, November 12, 2017
This book starts its journey with BookCrossing from Delphi,Greece

"When an explosion reverberates through the Swan Hotel in Shanghai, it is not just shards of glass and rubble that come crashing down. Li Jing and Zhou Meiling find their once-happy marriage rocked to its foundations. For Li Jing, his head pierced by a shard of falling glass, awakens from brain surgery only able to utter the faltering phrases of the English he learnt as a child - a language that Meiling and their young song Pang Pang cannot speak.
When an American neurologist arrives, tasked with teaching Li Jing to speak fluently again, she is as disorientated as her patient in this bewitching, bewildering city. As doctor and patient grow closer, feelings neither of them anticipated begin to take hold. Feelings that Meiling, who must fight to keep both her husband's business and her family afloat, does not need a translator to understand."

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Journal Entry 2 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Wednesday, November 15, 2017
I found the themes explored in this novel quite interesting (power of language and speech for mutual understanding and communication, cultural differences, devotion and faith to people and much more) and the writing quite moody in an engaging way, but I found the main premise too farfetched, the characters too stereotypical, many plot twists felt forced and the book got quite predictable and somehow dragged out.

Maybe this is due to different cultural background (and this is a theme explored on the book too among other things), but I found that the book's characters often created quite a drama when there shouldn't be any and remained quiet when there should actually be some strong feelings and reactions. Many developments feel far too unreal, especially given the short time frame all this is supposed to happen and to be honest, although I've met many people acting as the characters of the book, well, this doesn't mean I liked them.

My review would end up a huge list of spoilers if I mention here all the points I found unconvincing. And unfortunately I need some credibility to enjoy reading a book. There were so many key points that I couldn't swallow here, that at times I had to force myself to keep reading.

On the other hand, at those moments, a nice description of the city or of a character's feelings would show up on next paragraph, or finally some plot development, albeit weak, that would spark my interest somewhat. Thus, although it is a slow read and not excellent, I finished the book in two long afternoons. Recommended? Maybe. I can see people having very different opinions on this novel and of course you wouldn't know before you try it : )
I know that me, I'd like to read something else from this author sometime in the future...

Journal Entry 3 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at By Mail, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Monday, December 04, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (12/4/2017 UTC) at By Mail, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases


This book is now traveling to Athens in order to fulfill a wish : )

Journal Entry 4 by wingLubiettewing at Kallithea - Καλλιθέα, Attica Greece on Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Safely arrived today with a postcard from the famous (and so beautiful) Delphi archeological site, thank you so much ! To be read in 2018 for the authors'names ABC challenge, X is such a rare letter, I can't be more happy :-)

Journal Entry 5 by wingLubiettewing at Kallithea - Καλλιθέα, Attica Greece on Saturday, January 27, 2018
The book is impressively welll written with a beautiful choice of words and sentences perfectly enhancing the importance of languages. However, the characters and the way they act are not very credible, too superficial and sometimes irrelevant.

Released 2 yrs ago (2/16/2018 UTC) at Chinese restaurant Chang's House in Kallithea - Καλλιθέα, Attica Greece


SSM Chinese New Year : Year of the Dog

Happy reading !

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