Daily Archives: May 19, 2011

My Choices

Subject to change:

The goals to complete:
A Banned Book – Farenheit 415
A Book with a Wartime Setting (can be any war) — Farewell to Arms
A Pulitzer Prize (Fiction) Winner or Runner Up – TBD
A Children’s/Young Adult Classic – TBD
19th Century Classic – First Love
20th Century Classic – Doctor Zhivago
A book you think should be considered a 21st Century Classic – TBD
Re-Read a book from your High School/College Classes – A Separate Peace

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Dreaming in Chinese

I feel rather privileged to get an advanced copy of Deborah Fallows’ Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons In Life, Love, And Languagevia my friend Sally’s relative who works at NPR. (Talk about a dream job.) Fallows describes her various efforts to learn Mandarin interspersed with her experiences in China over the years. She includes both linguistic loves and characteristic Chinese moments. It’s a fun and quick read for a Sinophile. There weren’t any lessons in Love as in romantic love. That’s a tease in the subtitle.

Yet others might not enjoy it that much. They might not care about some of the facets of Mandarin and wish there were more stories about life in China. A reader who has studied Mandarin could find this too basic.

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Posted by on May 19, 2011 in Uncategorized