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With these nuggets of life in the Chinese countryside, the reader understands the complexity of the web drawn around young people during this time. How can Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress be read as a coming-of-age novel? There was a problem filtering reviews right cuinese. A bit ironic, I feel. Dai Sijie was born in China in Lovely, lovely illustration of the dichotomy inherent in knowledge. Do you agree with this statement? They haven’t even yet read the books when they have to help her learn.

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Did she expect a maid to do it? Two teenage boys are sent to a peasant village for re-education because of what their parents do. And really — all that pseudo-poetry about her virginal blood dripping on to the gingko leaves?

Descriptions of it that I’d read when it was first released had turned me off – it sounded boring – halzac with such low expectations I was so into this story that I read it in 3 days, 3 work days that is. The mountain has several villages, and at one lives the Tailor and his daughter, the Little Seamstress as they nickname her. The story has a beauty to it that bears some close inspection.

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Inspired by Your Browsing History. From the onset, Luo and the seamstress begin a relationship. This book is focused on the lives of two teenage boys living in China.


Noel don’t ever feel anything for these people.

It is, after all, the reason for which the main character and his best friend Luo are sent to the countryside for their re-education; however, I get the feeling that none of this could actually have happened during the Cultural Revolution, which presents an interesting dilemma and calls the entire book into question.

These novels also serve to sustain the two companions during this difficult time. Do the events in the story change the narrator and Luo? Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. What would you do? Loved the blurb, but the real book was lacking.

The book was so delightful, I would love to see it depicted. They have the sort of adventures teenage boys have; with an edge because of their situation.

Buy the Audiobook Download: In this setting, two young boys are relocated to a village for re-education. What might seem obvious to us was a revelation to the narrator and his friend Luo, and the Little Seamstress. One of the few people they entrust with their secret of literature is a seamstress. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Luo falls in love with a girl–the daughter of the local tailor. The village headman, who has just had an unsuccessful dental surgery, threatens to arrest Luo and the narrator for harboring forbidden ideas from The Count of Monte Cristo if they don’t agree to find a solution to the headman’s dental problems.

Oct 29, Pages. It deserves 5 stars in the skill to expose the different ironic dichotomies. The other has a gift for telling stories. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is very short, a slim volume of only pages, not a single one wasted.

Then they meet another boy called Four eyes perhaps because he uses dpectscleswith a hidden suitcase full of western books and also the daughter of the local tailor, who is almost a royalty to the lower class people. Eventually forbidden word becomes distributed and more earnestly horded toward feeling and purpose than if it were not. Pages with related products. There the two friends meet the daughter of the local tailor and discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation.


When another city boy leaves the mountains, the friends steal a suitcase full of forbidden books he has been hiding, knowing he will be afraid to call the authorities.

The more you know about the Red Guard, Cultural Revolution and subsequent civil liberties and personal choices of rural peasant or relocated for purpose Chinese- beyond the dire states of atrocity, the more you will see the diamond here. Views Read Edit View history. They want more novels.

How is the Little Seamstress planning to use her beauty? Furthermore, he often fails to maintain a consistent tone, which vacillates between casual and lofty without any real reason for a switch. Towards the end the perspective changes for what feels like absolutely no reason and I found myself saying, “what?! Little Seamstress becomes pregnant.

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. Humans love words, romance, adventure, intrigue, entertainment for novelty, adornment, and attachments of infinite variety.

The Revolution, the Communist Party and their respective trappings are sometimes present, but often conspicuously absent from the story, giving the characters a convenient freedom when it is needed and the story a sort of lamely suspenseful tone when things seem to be lagging a bit. Didn’t learn anything about local traditions and customs, a great minus point in my opinion.