Li Jing, a happily married businessman, is dining at a grand hotel in Shanghai when a gas explosion rips through the building. A shard of glass pierces Jing's forehead, obliterating his ability to speak Chinese. He can form only faltering phrases in the English he spoke as a child in Virginia, leaving him unable to communicate with his wife, Meiling, or their young son. Desperate, the family turns to an American neurologist, Rosalyn Neal, who finds herself as lost as Jingwhom she calls Jamesin this bewitching city, where the two form a bond that Meiling does not need a translator to understand.
With gorgeous prose and a dazzling sense of place, The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai introduces a brilliant storyteller, who shows us the power of language in both our public and our private relationships.
|Publisher:||Tantor Media, Inc.|
|Edition description:||MP3 - Unabridged CD|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Born in Shanghai, Ruiyan Xu moved to the United States at the age of ten without speaking a word of English. She graduated from Brown University with honors in creative writing and currently works as an interactive producer at P.O.V., the independent documentary series on PBS.
Angela Dawe is originally from Lansing, Michigan, and currently calls Chicago home. In addition to audiobook narration, she has worked in film, television, theater, and improvisational comedy.
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I can relate. Heck, yeah Im relating.
I really enjoyed this book. The importance of language in who we are, and the cultural differences that can cause even gestures to be misinterpreted. No one is lovable except Pang Pang, but they are all so human.