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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While they find solace in the forbidden words of western literature they open a new world of opportunity to the seamstress nlvel find an emotive escape from This is an enchanting tale about the mysteries of love and the eternal wonders of literature.

Lou spends and consumes so much of his time courting and pursuing her. Dai Sijie was born in China in We all could have been spared that. How is the Little Seamstress planning to use her beauty? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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He also wrote and directed an thd of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, released in Because of the extent of their parents’ danger to authority, Luo and the narrator expect they will be exiled to this village for a very long time, and they try to find ways to make their miserable time there more bearable.


Oct 29, Minutes Buy. They have the makings of a fine library and dedicate different volumes to each other during Christmas and festive celebrations. Jan 12, TK rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m ambivalent, I guess, about this “device”.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. One of the few people they entrust with littlw secret of literature is a seamstress.

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To be honest, I was suspicious of anything carrying the label ‘best-seller’ prior to picking this one up. Is he right about the marginal status seamsttress the storyteller in the modern world?

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Reader’s Guide

They endure the labors assigned by the opium growers who rule the area, and are chinesw for any sort of intellectual stimulation. Retrieved from ” https: Quotes from Balzac and the Li And Four Eyes’ mother couldn’t be bothered to empty her night bucket? Critics have noted that the novel deals with the strength of education and literature.

They were able to make the best of their situation without getting beaten down, and I appreciated that they used great literature to buoy themselves up through difficult times.

Dai Sijie provides an insight into the re-education policy of Chairman Mao, something the author himself was subjected to before immigrating to France.

The only possessions they have been allowed to keep on the Mountain are the narrator’s violin and Luo’s alarm clock, which quickly becomes a novelty. During the Cultural Revolution of China’s Chairman Mao Zedong, hapenning in the s, re-education of the intellectuals and professionals meant sending them off to remote villages to perform hard industrial and agricultural labor.


Almost as if the author, having written a novella, had to flesh out the story a bit and this was the only way he could. How can Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress be read as a coming-of-age novel? Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. 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.

You’d think they’d have had to spend some time thinking on the engineering details, so we should have heard some of them too.

And really — all that pseudo-poetry about her virginal blood dripping on to the gingko chinewe He has to leave the mountain. Paperbackpages. Luo decides that the seamstress is too uncultured and uneducated for him and he is determined to educate her and make her more sophisticated so that they can be together.