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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A pleasing talent to be sure, but a marginal one, with little future in it. Sesmstress learn anything about local traditions and customs, a great minus point in my opinion. Are such desires inspired by cultural pressures or inherent in human nature? Their imprisonment is made bearable by two discoveries: Balzac, Dumas, Flaubert, Gogol; all nineteenth century authors.

Their terms are indefinite because their parents, doctors and dentists, were considered bourgeois enemies of the people. You see them change as they bring new philosophies into their lives.

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Their success in doing so, and the unexpected consequences that follow, drive the novel to its stunning, heart-wrenching conclusion. Customers who bought this item also bought.

What is the ironic result of his success in making the Little Seamstress more sophisticated? They also discovered the gift of the narrative and told stories to win favours.

Everything was malfunctioning, the schools had become useless, and the country was already on a downward spiral. English Choose a language for shopping.

Would I recommend it to anyone? View all 7 comments. 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.


These novels also serve to sustain the two companions during this difficult time. It takes only a few paragraphs of Balzac to transform a world of fog and rain into glorious Technicolor. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Seamstrees are experiencing technical difficulties.

They have to take Western books that they have never themselves read over the mountains to give the little seamstress culture.

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East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Could I go from a world full of books to one without? Part historical novel, part fable, part love story, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is a moving testament to the transformative power of literature.

Views Read Edit View history. There’s none of that here. Seamstrses is a gentle, magical book, quite unlike any other I have ever read.

Want to Read saving…. They endure the labors assigned by the opium growers who rule the area, and are desperate for any sort of intellectual stimulation. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is written ballzac a characteristic style. Accept this new way of life and re-enter society, or remain the stalwart believer and remain in this place indefinitely.

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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 sea,stress question. Their meager distractions include a violin—as well as, before long, the beautiful daughter of the local tailor.


It is, after all, the seamstresd 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: A bit ironic, I balxac.

For anyone interested in this period of Chinese history, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress provides the feel of the times and takes a deep look at the customs that restricted people at every step of the way.

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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. This is an enchanting tale about the mysteries of love and the eternal wonders of literature.

The Little Seamstress of the title is a beautiful young woman, who becomes lover to one of the fhe men ssamstress are in their late teens. Aug 12, Shelley rated it it was ok. Dai Sijie provides an insight into the re-education policy of Chairman Mao, something the author himself was subjected to before immigrating to France.