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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It deserves 5 stars in the skill to expose the different ironic dichotomies. He is hypnotized by her, and he uses Chinewe words to woo her. When the plot does liven up, it is told with a steady hand. Life is controlled under the regime of Mao Zedong chairman of the Chinese communist party and restrictions take place, where revolutionary literature is forbidden and higher learning is discouraged, a time when boys where taken Sweet charming story with a fable quality.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone with an interest in foreign literature, particularly Asian literature. Descriptions of it that I’d read when it was first released had turned me off – it sounded boring – but with such low expectations I was so into this story that I One of the reasons why I join bookclubs is to encourage myself to read books I wouldn’t normally read, to get me out of my comfort zone. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. As chiinese flirt with the seamstress and secretly devour these banned works, they find transit from their grim surroundings to worlds they never imagined.

He was able to electrify an audience by means of a perfectly timed voice-over, even when overcome by a violent bout of malaria. She is the uneducated daughter of a local tailor, a man of some status in this area. Oct 29, Minutes Buy. The story is not a linear one, and the narrative reads like excerpts from a bi This novel nad short, but it manages to cram in a lot of stuff about the daily life during the Cultural Revolution.


In what ways does Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress exert a similar power on its readers? It is seen by some as “a wonderfully human tale” and relatable.

Luo comes back to the village three months after this unexpected event. Books by Dai Sijie.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

And if you want some actual literature, go read The Count of Monte Cristo. One gets the impression that perhaps Sijie took on a bit too much.

In this setting, two young boys are relocated to a village for re-education. They also discover western literature through another boy being re-educated.

And the sexism and culturism — wow. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. And Four Eyes’ mother couldn’t be bothered to empty her night bucket? Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Other characters flit in and out, but the story focuses on these people.

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I can’t figure out why it’s selling like hot cakes. Inhe left China for France on a scholarship. He’s the one that suggests ‘Four-Eyes’ is hiding books in his case. Math, physics and chemistry were dropped from the school curriculum and replaced by agricultural and industrial texts.

Lihtle have the sort of adventures teenage boys have; with an edge because of their situation. He grew up working in his fathers tailor shop. The novel has likewise been seen as an emotional tale. An immediate international bestseller, it tells the story of two hapless city boys exiled to a remote mountain village for re-education during China’s infamous Cultural Revolution.


Published October 29th by Anchor Books first published Luo and the narrator meet Four-Eyes, the son of a poet, who is also being re-educated.

Views Read Edit View history. This book is as much about the love of books as about the travesties of the Cultural Revolution. Don’t expect much from this little book, despite its great efforts to convince you there is something to expect, and you shall enjoy it as you blaze through the pages.

Do you agree with this statement? I chinesse felt the character of the seamstress was a little thin and did not ring true; it needed more development to explain the way she acted and reacted A good read, but in this case not quite enough.

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Luo, who adores the Little Seamstress, dreams of transforming her from chiense simple country girl into a sophisticated lover with his foreign tales. Its charm translates admirably—strong sales can be seamstfess on this side of the Atlantic. It’s an exceptional read, and if there was a read to start off with in reading Chinese Literature this would be a good choice.

They are even excused from work for a few days to see films at a nearby town and later retell the story to the townspeople, balzaac a process known as “oral cinema”. As if they are conquering missionaries or something? The other has a gift for telling stories. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Enough, obviously, to plow through it in a day. Showing of reviews.