A novel of searing intelligence and startling originality, Lost in Translation heralds the debut of a unique new voice on the literary landscape. Nicole. Lost in Translation. Nicole Mones, Author Delacorte Press $ (p) ISBN But Alice’s sensuality is just one factor in Mones’s complex portrait of a woman. Lost in Translation Expatriate translator Alice Mannegan spends her nights in Beijing’s smoky bars, seeking fleeting encounters with Chinese men to blot out the.

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Lost in Translation Nicole Mones Snippet view – By novel’s end, readers have discovered a great deal about archeology, China, and most especially about the unmapped territories of memory, desire, and identity.

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It reminds me of a saying a Scottish friend said, “There are two types of people. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

Suffice it to say that I also found the book sexy, exciting, and full of gems about love and trust. Nov 29, Lucy rated it really liked it. Reading it, This book really surprised post But when she signs on to an archaeological expedition searching for the missing bones of Peking Man in China’s remote Northwest deserts, her world cracks open.

Dec 18, Pages. That all his son really wanted was for him to spend time with him. The question of cultural identity is at the core of her tale, and monds skillfully weaves various aspects of Chinese life–from ancestor worship to the Cultural Revolution–into the personal relationships of her characters.

She tranlation away as far as was possible from being the poster child for “white America” by her father, a U. Expatriate translator Alice Mannegan spends her nights in Beijing’s smoky bars, seeking fleeting encounters with Chinese men to blot out the shame of her racist father back in Texas.

It was very slow nicloe but once it got me, it got me. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. By the time we reach page 20, we’ve learned that Alice is in full flight from her father, a racist U. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.


Remarkable for a first novel.

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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. Write a customer review. Alice holds another grudge against her father: Dec 22, Carinya Kappler rated it really liked it.

Dec 02, Translstion rated it did not like it Shelves: Alice Mannegan is an American woman living on her own in China, working as a freelance translator.

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I picked up Lost in Translation and am thrilled to say that I found this book just as well written and intriguing as I could have hoped. The theory is based on a conversation of the archeologist with his grandfather, who had worked with Teilhard. I wonder how many people are like me, and picked up this book because they thought it was the origin of the movie?

To view nicope, click here. Lin loost forward in their quest, they are forced to reckon with their pasts.


In vividly rendered Chinese settings, Alice, while falling for Lin, learns that her father, whom she loves in spite of his lamentable attitudes, is dying. Yet each of them has their own personal search, their own reasons, their own internal struggle to deal with.

This is NM’s first book but I read it last. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page.

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And it ended in an intoxicating journey of the heart–one that would plunge her into a nation’s past, and into some of translatjon most rarely glimpsed regions of China. Please try again later. The Chinese setting, however, anchors the story into a deep and vast reality. An absorbing, richly imagined, and intelligent debut. 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. The burden of second-hand guilt lay heavy on my friend, and he moved to Hong Kong and refused to return to America.


At dawn in Beijing, Alice Mannegan pedals a bicycle through the deserted streets. 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 trnaslation, herself. Whatever review youre going to read is probably going to be truthful in every aspect, so if it caught your attention read it, but remember books like this are meant for p I was looking for this book for years.

Hence, I give it a 3 and not a 4. But where I struggled with this book was that I never fully engaged with the protagonist. However she readily accepts his money to support her lifestyle. Mar 23, Jerry rated it liked it.

It is also a tale of a distant shimmering oasis and hope of love and acceptance for the lead Chinese male protagonist, even as what he seeks the most, eludes him by a thread – his story unraveling against the backdrop of the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, as hers unravels against the backdrop of the archaeological dig and translayion of Man’s origin. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Dec 20, Pam Richmond rated it it was ok.