Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

by Nicole Mones
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Lost in Translation by Nicole Mones

A novel of searing intelligence and startling originality, Lost in Translation heralds the debut of a unique new voice on the literary landscape.  Nicole Mones creates an unforgettable story of love and desire, of family ties and human conflict, and of one woman's struggle to lose herself in a foreign land--only to discover her home, her heart, herself.

At dawn in Beijing, Alice Mannegan pedals a bicycle through the deserted streets.  An American by birth, a translator by profession, she spends her nights in Beijing's smoke-filled bars, and the Chinese men she so desires never misunderstand her intentions.  All around her rushes the air of China, the scent of history and change, of a world where she has come to escape her father's love and her own pain.  It is a world in which, each night as she slips from her hotel, she hopes to lose herself forever.

For Alice, it began with a phone call from an American archaeologist seeking a translator.  And it ended in an intoxicating journey of the heart--one that would plunge her into a nation's past, and into some of the most rarely glimpsed regions of China.  Hired by an archaeologist searching for the bones of Peking Man, Alice joins an expedition that penetrates a vast, uncharted land and brings Professor Lin Shiyang into her life.  As they draw closer to unearthing the secret of Peking Man, as the group's every move is followed, their every whisper recorded, Alice and Lin find shelter in each other, slowly putting to rest the ghosts of their pasts.  What happens between them becomes one of the most breathtakingly erotic love stories in recent fiction.  Indeed, Lost in Translation is a novel about love--between a nation and its past, between a man and a memory, between a father and a daughter.  Its powerful impact confirms the extraordinary gifts of a master storyteller, Nicole Mones.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307415899
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 315,822
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Nicole Mones has traveled and worked extensively in China since 1977.  She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Lost in Translation 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down - as a New Yorker now living in Shanghai, I could not only relate to the character, I was inspired by her. It made me long for home and just think about the direction of my own life. I highly recommend this to anyone who longs to fit into a particular culture and feeling like they are not welcome or will ever belong....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nicole Mones' Lost in Translation is sui generis. . . I've never read anything quite like it. Just a gorgeous novel that anyone would love. I was completely taken.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I totally fell in love with Alice Mannegan's character, as well as China. I love the fact that Nicole Mones put a lot of effort into getting the Chinese backdrop as close to reality as she possibly could, it made me want to go there someday and experience its intoxicating atmosphere. Alice's romance with Dr. Lin was just spectacular-- giving you enough, yet leaving you wanting more. This is a must read for anyone who believes that love is still out there no matter how many times you've already lost it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!! You won't be able to put it down!!
Doc79 More than 1 year ago
This book was so..so as I said. It was interesting but weird. I never saw the movie and don't know if its the same. The book didn't hold enough for me..kinda like a sloppy romance novel. The ending was like: That's it? this is just my opinion though:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loveauthordays More than 1 year ago
Mones spoke at an authors Day and I thought she was such an interesting person that I felt sure her book would also be interesting. So I bought it! At first, I found it a little slow, but oh, if you stay with it, what a treat you have in store....particularly, if you enjoy reading about China. Mones has an extensive history of living and working in China and she tells the story so well of China today and yesterday. A country that has gone through so much turmoil and has had to rebuild itself to fit into the modern world. Alice, her main character without a doubt is flawed and striving to find herself by being "Chinese". Alice's desires only Chinese men in her life. Her relationship with Professor Lin is not a smooth one, although he is a scientist, he is still living in the past. Alice also has a love/hate relationship with her father that she needs to come to grips with. You could go so far as to call this a "coming of age" story of a grown woman, but that would be to treat this book lightly. The topics are not light and this is not a "beach" book. The ups and downs of the quest for the Peking Man reflect the old and new Chinese thinking. The discriptions of the desert in China mirror the desolation of Alice's soul, but also inform the reader of terrain and history. Despite the various plot lines interwoven in the book I found this a totally good read and was sorry to see the book end.