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This is an outstanding exercise in more than just the pals’ re-education and awakening to adulthood. He succeeds beyond his expectations, but the result is not what he might have hoped for, and leads to an unexpected, droll and poignant conclusion.

Throughout the novel, I could not help but think: Trivia About Balzac and the Li Can someone please let me know what audience you think this is suited for. It has been noted that Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress deals with cultural superiority and balance between varying cultural influences.

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cinese Looking for More Great Reads? He has to leave the mountain. Oct 19, Will Byrnes rated it really liked it. In a country, high in the mountains, where other people seldom tread, they try to reconcile with their fate.


Inspired by Your Browsing History. And when Luo later burns the novels, it is the characters, rather than the books, that seem to go up in flames.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

The main characters the two boys in this book find a surprising escape from their harsh daily activities when they stumble upon a suitcase full of forbidden works of western fiction and their whole world suddenly opens up. How is the Little Seamstress planning to use her beauty?

This totally bothered me — way out of proportion to every other detail in the book that didn’t make sense. They steal a suitcase filled with classic Western novels from another man being reeducated, and decide to enrich the seamstress’ life by exposing her to great literature.

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I will not say what happens here, as it would give away the ending of the novel. When the plot does liven up, it is told with a steady hand. Published October 29th by Anchor Books first published I’m kind of skeptical this would even work. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Really, if you want a decent story about the Cultural Revolution, read Wild Swans. sseamstress

Although he is succeeding in re-education, he is also hiding a secret set of foreign novels that are forbidden by Chinese law. China, My Sorrow original title: Retrieved 15 March 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, through a process known as “oral cinema”.


Do the events in the story change the narrator and Luo? The historical detail is pretty much lacking. Read more Read less.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

He would like nothing more than to woo her for himself, but, ultimately, his kindness goes unrewarded, as, having gotten a sense, even if at one remove, that there is a world beyond her little village, the Little Seamstress leaves to seek her fortune in the big city. Page 1 littls 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

I chose this excerpt from the book because it seems to sum up the changes seen in the chinwse They have the makings of a fine library and dedicate different volumes to each other during Christmas and festive celebrations. English Choose a language for shopping. We can’t say the same for lover boy.