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I simply could not get into this book.
Li-Jing, while struggling with his language issues is certainly somewhat sympathetic in that regard, but otherwise as a person I found him lazy and insincere.
The characters are well developed and layered with subtlety, and the story proceeds at a comfortable pace.
I highly recommend this book. Top 12 of my life. It made me realize the importance of communication in relationships and woke me up as to a main reason why my own mixed language... Read morePublished 6 months ago by texttwist
Quite different story line...haven't read anything else along these lines. Shows frustration of losing ability to go on w your life with certain obstacles getting in your wayPublished 10 months ago by doreen
Interesting premise, but something didn't click for me. I found it hard to connect with any of the characters, and the prose was tedious. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Barb Lawrence
Alas, I misjudged a book by its cover. I thought the cover was so beautiful that surely the book inside would be spectacular. Read morePublished on November 18, 2012 by M. Reynard
This book makes you think about something you probably haven't ever thought about - how much language is instrumental in relationships. Read morePublished on August 20, 2012 by Baseball Spiritualist
I found very little entertainment value in this book. Most likely from the seemingly improbable set of circumstances in which the entire storyline rests on a Chinese entrepreneur... Read morePublished on March 20, 2011 by FujiShooter
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This is a beautifully written novel exploring the intricacies and dependency humans have on language and... Read more
I have read novels using a single improbable element to produce an entire story line. This one, in which an explosion injury causes a Chinese entrepreneur to lose his native... Read morePublished on November 17, 2010 by Nom Delcorko