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The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai - A Novel

Ruiyan Xu

Li Jing, a high-flying financier, has just joined his father for dinner at the grand Swan Hotel in central Shanghai when, without warning, the ground begins to rumble, shifts, then explodes in a roar of hot, unfurling air. As Li Jing drags his unconscious father out of the collapsing building, a single shard of glass whistles through the air and neatly pierces his forehead. In an instant, Li Jing's ability to speak Chinese is obliterated. After weeks in a hospital, all that emerge from Li Jing's mouth are unsteady phrases of the English he spoke as a child growing up in Virginia. His wife, Zhou Meiling, whom he courted with beautiful words, finds herself on the other side of an abyss, unable to communicate with her husband and struggling to put on a brave face for the sake of Li Jing's floundering company and for their son, Pang Pang. Rosalyn Neal, a neurologist who specializes in Li Jing's condition-bilingual aphasia-arrives from the United States to work with Li Jing, to coax language back onto his tongue. Rosalyn is red-haired, open-hearted, recently divorced, and as lost as Li Jing in this bewitching, bewildering city. As doctor and patient sit together, sharing their loneliness along with their faltering words, feelings neither of them anticipated begin to take hold-feelings Meiling does not need a translator to understand.

Li Jing, a high-flying financier, has just joined his father for dinner at the grand Swan Hotel in central Shanghai when, without warning, the ground begins to rumble, shifts, then explodes in a roar of hot, unfurling air. As Li Jing drags his unconscious father out of the collapsing building, a single shard of glass whistles through the air and neatly pierces his forehead. In an instant, Li Jing's ability to speak Chinese is obliterated. After weeks in a hospital, all that emerge from Li Jing's mouth are unsteady phrases of the English he spoke as a child growing up in Virginia. His wife, Zhou Meiling, whom he courted with beautiful words, finds herself on the other side of an abyss, unable to communicate with her husband and struggling to put on a brave face for the sake of Li Jing's floundering company and for their son, Pang Pang. Rosalyn Neal, a neurologist who specializes in Li Jing's condition-bilingual aphasia-arrives from the United States to work with Li Jing, to coax language back onto his tongue. Rosalyn is red-haired, open-hearted, recently divorced, and as lost as Li Jing in this bewitching, bewildering city. As doctor and patient sit together, sharing their loneliness along with their faltering words, feelings neither of them anticipated begin to take hold-feelings Meiling does not need a translator to understand.
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Li Jing, a high-flying financier, has just joined his father for dinner at the grand Swan Hotel in central Shanghai when, without warning, the ground begins to rumble, shifts, then explodes in a roar of hot, unfurling air. As Li Jing drags his unconscious father out of the collapsing building, a single shard of glass whistles through the air and neatly pierces his forehead. In an instant, Li Jing's ability to speak Chinese is obliterated. After weeks in a hospital, all that emerge from Li Jing's mouth are unsteady phrases of the English he spoke as a child growing up in Virginia. His wife, Zhou Meiling, whom he courted with beautiful words, finds herself on the other side of an abyss, unable to communicate with her husband and struggling to put on a brave face for the sake of Li Jing's floundering company and for their son, Pang Pang. Rosalyn Neal, a neurologist who specializes in Li Jing's condition-bilingual aphasia-arrives from the United States to work with Li Jing, to coax language back onto his tongue. Rosalyn is red-haired, open-hearted, recently divorced, and as lost as Li Jing in this bewitching, bewildering city. As doctor and patient sit together, sharing their loneliness along with their faltering words, feelings neither of them anticipated begin to take hold-feelings Meiling does not need a translator to understand.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Angela Dawe

Length:

10h 55m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

02:25


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

19:24


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

13:29


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

22:45


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

25:20


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

25:06


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

24:14


Part 3, Chapter 7
Part 3, Chapter 7

18:42


Part 3, Chapter 8
Part 3, Chapter 8

14:22


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

19:17


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

31:33


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

11:38


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

18:16


Part 4, Chapter 13
Part 4, Chapter 13

14:56


Part 4, Chapter 14
Part 4, Chapter 14

16:49


Part 4, Chapter 15
Part 4, Chapter 15

24:37


Part 4, Chapter 16
Part 4, Chapter 16

27:50


Part 4, Chapter 17
Part 4, Chapter 17

16:22


Part 5, Chapter 18
Part 5, Chapter 18

17:21


Part 5, Chapter 19
Part 5, Chapter 19

17:54


Part 5, Chapter 20
Part 5, Chapter 20

20:50


Part 6, Chapter 21
Part 6, Chapter 21

13:43


Part 6, Chapter 22
Part 6, Chapter 22

34:48


Part 6, Chapter 23
Part 6, Chapter 23

25:38


Part 6, Chapter 24
Part 6, Chapter 24

29:43


Part 7, Chapter 25
Part 7, Chapter 25

22:50


Part 7, Chapter 26
Part 7, Chapter 26

27:45


Part 7, Chapter 27
Part 7, Chapter 27

13:03


Part 7, Chapter 28
Part 7, Chapter 28

22:03


Part 7, Chapter 29
Part 7, Chapter 29

25:41


Part 7, Chapter 30
Part 7, Chapter 30

36:13


Part 7, Chapter 31
Part 7, Chapter 31

00:24