Read Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: A Novel book reviews & author details and more at Free delivery on qualified orders. New York Times Bestseller Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is an enchanting tale that captures the magic of reading and the wonder of romantic. BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS. Sijie Dai, Author, Dai Sijie, Author, Ina Rilke, Translator, trans. from the French by Ina Rilke. Knopf $

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Lou spends and consumes so much of his time courting and pursuing her.

He is hypnotized by her, and he uses Balzac’s words to woo her. The local chief assigns them to travel two days to the nearest town in which films are shown, then report back to the town the entirety of the films. Read bxlzac that mention cultural revolution chinese seamstress little chinese dai sijie little chinese seamstress balzac and the little young men chairman seamstress friend luo main characters china during the cultural western literature suitcase full narrator and his friend daughter of the local coming of age boys are sent mozart is thinking sewing machine remote mountain.

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The boys’ escapades delight and entertain without seeming trite or naive, the rhe, light tone of the novel actually helps put the more gruesome or upsetting scenes in perspective.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. Luo and the narrator meet Four-Eyes, the son of a poet, who is also being re-educated.

Towards the end the perspective changes for what feels like absolutely no reason and I found myself saying, “what?! The historical detail is pretty much lacking. Inhe left China for France, where he has lived and worked ever since.

Having never studied Chinese history, my knowledge and understanding of the last century in China is sketchy at best. Literary Fiction Historical Fiction Audiobooks.

May 02, Carol rated it really liked it Shelves: I sort of imagined a much ancient China than the half a century earlier one. He has a hidden trove of books, and when they do him a service he allows them to borrow a novel by Balzac. The characters and story are also woefully underdeveloped. Set in over the course of a couple of years, it follows the story of the unnamed 17 year old narrator and his best friend Luo, a year older, sent into the countryside to be “re-educated” by the peasants.

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Because a Chinese culture has no equivalent and b these boys are much more cultured than the little seamstress even though they have missed out on reading the exact same books she has?

A stilted way to say that it makes both political and personal counter-revolutions. In this setting, two young boys are relocated to a village for re-education.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

Feb 12, Heather rated it ghe not like it. Luo and the narrator devise a plan to steal the rest of the books. This story is cute, kind of odd, and dhinese much plot or character development. Dec 11, Kavita rated it liked it Shelves: As they flirt with the seamstress and secretly devour these banned works, they find transit from their grim surroundings to worlds they never imagined. From within the hopelessness and terror of one of the darkest passages in human history, Dai Sijie has fashioned a beguiling and unexpected story about the resilience of the human spirit, the wonder of romantic awakening and the magical power of storytelling.

And balzzc listening to their dangerously seductive retellings of Balzac, even the Little Seamstress will be forever transformed.

Alas, the ending is something of a disappointment that tempers the enthusiastic praise I can otherwise heap on it. There they meet the daughter of the local tailor and discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation. I don’t ever feel anything for these people.

When they get their hands on Four-Eyes’ books, they seamstrexs the forbidden stories to the Little Seamstress and her father. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. While worlds and values they never knew are opened up to the boys, it is the Little Seamstress they have the most impact on, in an almost ironic ending. For anyone interested in this period of Chinese history, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress provides the feel of the times and takes a deep look at the customs that restricted people at every step of the way.


The story is about Luo and an unnamed narrator who have been relocated to Phoenix Mountain where they are to be re-educated. What makes the book read like a fable? Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress addresses issues such as how everything appears novsl have a double-edge.

Buy the selected items together This item: After staying up all night reading the book, Luo gives the book to the narrator and leaves the samstress in order to tell the story to the Little Seamstress. While the responsible boy is away on town business the friend takes her to the nearest town to help her get an abortion.

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The descriptions of life in this strangest of times and places are so riveting that the reader longs for more. He has also… More about Dai Sijie.

I read the book over the course of one day in part because it was a quick read that kept me vaguely interested, but also because the novel reads like a half fleshed-out outline of a future project. Are such desires inspired by cultural pressures or inherent in human nature?

Why I chose the book? Because of the extent of their parents’ danger to authority, Luo and the narrator expect they will be exiled to this village for a very long time, and they try to find ways to make their miserable time there more bearable.

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A vast majority of the characters in the narrative have ” epithets rather than names”, [6] adding to the relaxed writing style of the novel. There’s none of that here. And so the most forbidden becomes the purpose and desire most cherished, yet hidden.