Is there a Chinese linking word which could be used the same way as English "and" which connects two ideas or actions or introduces one after the other within one sentence? There doesn't have to be a logical connection between the parts and the purpose of this word would be to "gramatically" or "structurally" join these parts and place them in the same sentence. What's important is that the parts would usually have different subjects and predicates. For example:
"I read this book and it was great."
I know that this can be expressed by two sentences: "我看了这本书。它非常好。" but this seems somewhat unnatural for me (but maybe it's perfectly natural in Chinese?), so I'm wondering if the same can be achieved by a single sentence of the form: "我看了这本书___它非常好。". Another examples:
"I went to the party and saw my friend." - "我去聚会___看见我的朋友。"
"In this country prices are high and the weather is bad." - "在这个国家价格很高___天气很不好。"
"I like apples and she likes bananas." - "我喜欢苹果___她喜欢香蕉。"
Could 并 be used in this case?