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By Xiaolu Guo

ISBN-10: 0307455637

ISBN-13: 9780307455635

Language and love collide during this creative novel of a tender chinese language woman's trip to the West and her makes an attempt to appreciate the language, and the fellow, she adores.Zhuang – or “Z,” to tongue-tied foreigners – has come to London to review English, yet unearths herself adrift, trapped in a cycle of cultural gaffes and grammatical mishaps. Then she meets an Englishman who adjustments every little thing, prime her right into a global of self-discovery. She quickly realizes that, within the West, “love” doesn't continuously suggest just like in China, and so you might examine the entire phrases within the English language and nonetheless now not comprehend your lover. and because the novel progresses with progressively enhancing grammar and vocabulary, Z's evolving voice makes her quest for comprehension all of the extra poignant. With glowing wit, Xiaolu Guo has created an totally unique novel approximately id and the cultural divide.

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Other species transport light deep inside their bodies through transparent tubes to provision sun-loving algae that live there. They are the only animals known to do this – a submarine instance of ‘rainbow body’ through which light passes with ease (a condition that yoga masters envisage for humans but probably not for ‘lower’ animals). Sponges are Moon-Sun-plant creatures. In the very different conditions that prevailed in oceans some 160 million years ago, their remarkable qualities enabled them to form reefs over an area stretching from what is now Spain to Romania, larger than the coral-made Great Barrier Reef today.

A good candidate is Venus’s Flower Basket. The silica fibres in its fine tubular body are arranged in a regular, lace-like scaffold of great elegance and intricacy. Victorian collectors marvelled, and paid very high prices for the best specimens. Its mystique was enhanced by stories that tiny male and female shrimp, which take up residence when it is immature, become trapped as it grows and closes over at the top. Locked inside, the shrimp spend the rest of their lives inside a translucent filigree cage.

If you were reconstructing an early multicellular animal with just a few types of specialized cells that were easily derived from one basic cell type, it would look very like a sponge, albeit a small and simple one, not the giants such as barrel sponges we know today, which are adapted to modern environments. The sponge, it turns out, is a good model for the first multicellular animals to have evolved from single-celled ones. Eumetazoa – more complex animals than sponges – have also evolved extracellular digestion and seal epithelia, a nervous system, a mesoderm, symmetry and a one-way gut.

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