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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Why does he regard these books as being so alive? Oct 25, Richard Derus rated it liked it.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

One version of the front cover of the novel. There have been grumbles about the ending, but my problem is not with the ending in itself. He really drives the story the whole time. Plus, he’s the one that has a love affair with ‘the Little Seamstress. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I’m kind of skeptical this would even work. I get the feeling though that there is richness there beyond the surface simplicity of the tale.

He’s sly, he’s funny, and he’s adventurous. But as it turned out, neither did Mao!

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And if you want some actual literature, go read The Count of Monte Cristo. View all 8 comments. Don’t just introduce and drop it. The Cultural Revolution of Chairman Mao Zedong altered Chinese history in seamstreess s and ’70s, forcibly sending hundreds of thousands of Chinese intellectuals to peasant villages for “re-education. He has also… More about Dai Sijie.

See seamstrses discover other items: The boys’ escapades delight and entertain without seeming trite or naive, the flowing, light tone of the novel actually helps put the more gruesome or upsetting scenes in perspective.


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This is truly a think piece. At the same time, the communists had stripped the schools of many subjects already and many of the youth only had a rudimentary education. Really, if you want a decent story about the Cultural Revolution, read Wild Swans. It was a story and nothing more.

This page was last edited on 8 Octoberat He’s the one that suggests ‘Four-Eyes’ is hiding books in his case. Rights to seamstresss novel have been sold in nineteen countries, and it is soon to be made into a film. How, for some people, we read for enjoyment, and for others, reading is a survival skill, to mentally survive mundane routines and oppressive, moody governments.

And the knowledge is NOT only of one type here, at that. Read reviews that mention cultural revolution chinese seamstress little chinese dai sijie little chinese seamstress balzac and the little young men chairman mao 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 chineae sewing machine remote mountain.

Would I recommend it to anyone? And him dressing her in a loin cloth because he was bringing culture to her naked self. They have the makings of a fine library and dedicate different volumes to each other during Christmas and festive celebrations.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Up until this stolen encounter with Romain Rolland’s hero, my poor educated and re-educated brains had been incapable of grasping the notion of one man standing up against the whole world. It was steady and paced and there was never a dull moment. She eventually leaves the mountain and everything that she has known without saying goodbye, to start a new life in the city.

And if you’re going to introduce the violin in the first page, you really need to keep with it. He lives in Paris and writes in French. In this enchanting tale about the magic of reading and the wonder of romantic awakening, two hapless city boys are exiled to a remote mountain village for reeducation during China’s infamous Cultural Revolution.


Which I guess makes me realize that Sijie seemed so concerned with showing off his erudition that he got too lazy to flesh out the characters or plot.

The story is not a linear one, and the narrative reads like excerpts from a bigger book. 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? In the end, the plan works but she ends up becoming too cultured for him and longs for the life of the city. Did she expect a maid to do it?

These novels also seammstress to sustain the two companions during nove, difficult time. A charming book, written with astute quickness, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is both saemstress and approachable. Read it Forward Read it first.

This is manna from heaven for them and they plan how they might acquire more books from Four Eyes. The Cultural Revolution is supposedly the force that propels this story forward.

Literary Fiction Historical Fiction print. Unfortunately, Sijie’s writing was far too inferior to do such a thing.

The novel was first published in France in the French language ” [3] inand since then, rights of the book have been sold in nineteen countries. After nocel Jean-Christophethe narrator says: