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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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Refresh and try again. Open Preview Littoe a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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. There they meet the daughter of the local tailor and discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation. As they flirt with the seamstress and secr 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 nvel Cultural Revolution.

As they flirt with the seamstress and secretly devour these banned works, they find transit from their grim surroundings to worlds they never imagined. Paperbackpages. Published October 29th by Anchor Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstressplease sign up. I have this book for about a year ,but, i haven’t read it yet because i watched the movie first something i rarely do,by the way the movie was terrific!?

Jan Edmonds I’ll check out the movie. The book was so delightful, I would love to see it depicted. Can someone please let me know what audience you think this is suited for. Do you think it is appropriate or is the romance a little too much? See all 9 questions about Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress…. Lists with This Book. Mar 30, Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it. Their terms are indefinite because their parents, doctors and dentists, were considered bourgeois enemies of the people.

The book is translated from the French. All the universities were closed and all boys and girls who had graduated from high school were sent off. Math, physics and chemistry were dropped from the school curriculum and replaced by agricultural and industrial texts.

The work the boys do is brutal farm work, done by all the peasants in this village. They are human pack animals carrying buckets of human and animal excrement up hills to fertilize fields; plowing in mud behind water buffalo; working naked on their hands and knees in a coal mine.

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They are in an isolated village so lost in time that people are barefoot and there are no doctors or dentists; But there is a gleam of hope. The narrator thinks that Jean-Christophe by Romain Rolland was particularly life-changing for him. With the brutal lives of the peasants as background, the real theme is the enlightenment that comes from reading and how it can change lives. View all 23 comments. Oct 19, Will Byrnes rated it really liked it.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. One plays a violin. The other has a gift for telling stories.

They endure the labors assigned by the opium growers who rule the area, and are desperate for any sort of intellectual stimulation. 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. There is another reclamation project in the town, Four Eyes. He has a hidden trove of books, and when they do him a service he allows them to borrow a novel by Balzac.

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This is manna from heaven for them and they plan how they might acquire more books from Four Eyes. The Little Seamstress of the title is a beautiful young woman, who becomes lover to one of the young men both are in their late teens. She is the uneducated daughter of a local tailor, a man of some status in this area.

They share their tale of Balzac with her. Spoiler alert here — do not read further if you want to learn plot details for yourself. Little Seamstress becomes pregnant. While the responsible boy is away on town business the friend takes her to the nearest town to help her get an abortion. 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.

The boys are left high and dry. The final few chapters are told from alternating points of view, the Seamstress, the old miller, the younger lad. It is a bit jarring, if illuminating.

The story has a beauty to it that bears some close inspection. I am certain that I could dissect the many details of the story for symbolic payload.

I have not done that. I get the feeling though that there is richness there beyond the surface simplicity of the tale. This is a quick and pretty read, and is heartily recommended.

View all 6 comments. Oct 27, J. A charming book, written with astute quickness, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is both erudite and annd. It is full of details that absolutely make the scenes pop with vividness, but it does not dawdle over what is not necessary.

It is a story with a point. Which is where this book falls apart.

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Despite its captivation of the reader, its quick pace, its interesting plot, this short novel begins to come apart when perspectives are suddenly shifted why? I think that the problem is that this book gives great argument against the very thing that it lauds, only it does not seem to realize it.

It is a book so enraptured in its cute story, its nice little package, that it fails to truly consider what it is saying. Alas, the ending is something of a disappointment that tempers the enthusiastic praise I can otherwise heap on it. Don’t expect much from this little book, despite its seamstresx efforts to convince you there is something to expect, and you shall enjoy it as you blaze through the pages.

Set aside a few hours to balzav this one non-stop, and schedule something immediately afterward to wash the taste of the ending away. View all 10 comments. View all 13 comments. Jun 22, Vanessa rated it really liked it. Sweet charming story with a fable quality. The story revolves around a part of history that I feel somewhat ignorant about, the story takes place during the Chinese cultural revolution a time in history where communism was a means to suppress and take away individuality.

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.

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Life is controlled under the regime of Mao Zedong chairman of the Chinese lirtle party and restrictions take place, where revolutionary literature is forbidden and higher learning is discouraged, a time when boys where taken away from their anf and then placed into primitive little villages with the sole purpose of reeducation.

The main characters the chineese 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. Chinwse love the simplicity of this story and the quirky narrative with lots valzac traditional Chinese elements and traditions sprinkled in, that I felt instantly enchanted by it.

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Although the story is simple the message is a strong one, it shows the transformative power of books and literature and how it has the ability to change and provoke thoughts and thinking. I love how the ending ties the little Chinese seamstress to the main theme of the book and I adored the ending which left me feeling uplifted and joyous. Mar 07, Emilie rated it liked it. On its surface, this book has all the ingredients for a really interesting read: Unfortunately, I felt like Sijie failed to live up to the greatness of his own project.

The Cultural Revolution is supposedly the force that propels this story forward. It is, after all, the reason for which the main character and his best friend Luo a On its surface, this book has all the ingredients for a really interesting read: 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.

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.

In the end, it seems like the Cultural Revolution and the re-education process are just sort of there to make the story interesting, in spite of the seminal role that they should be playing in the text.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

One gets the impression that perhaps Sijie took on a bit too much. The characters ,ittle story are also woefully underdeveloped. I read the book dhinese 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. There is a lack of detail and littlr that I found particularly bothersome, especially as I felt like it would have been particularly interesting if the novelist had attempted to pay homage to the authors that his two young heroes admire.

Unfortunately, Sijie’s writing was far too inferior to do such a thing. Furthermore, he often fails to maintain a consistent tone, which vacillates between casual and lofty without any real reason for a switch. I’ve sfamstress this book three stars; in spite of my review, I did still enjoy it to a certain degree. Enough, obviously, to plow through it in a day.

Would I read it again? Would I recommend it to anyone?