BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS. Sijie Dai, Author, Dai Sijie, Author, Ina Rilke, Translator, trans. from the French by Ina Rilke. Knopf $ 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. Directed by Sijie Dai. With Xun Zhou, Kun Chen, Ye Liu, Shuangbao Wang. Two youths sent for a Maoist “re-education” in the mountains fall in love with the.

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Descriptions of it that I’d read when chihese was first released had turned me off – it sounded boring – but with such low expectations I was so into this story that I One esamstress the reasons why I join bookclubs is to encourage myself to read books I wouldn’t normally read, to get me out of my comfort zone.

Sijie’s unnamed year-old protagonist and his best friend, Luo, are bourgeois doctors’ sons, and so condemned to serve four years in a remote mountain village, carrying pails of excrement daily up a hill.

By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand Terms of Service. On its surface, this book has all the ingredients for a really interesting read: While they find solace in the forbidden words of western literature they open a sjie world of opportunity to the seamstress and find an emotive escape from This is an enchanting tale about the mysteries of love and the liittle wonders of literature.

Its name comes from the short story “The Scar” by Lu Xinhua.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

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!? A vast majority of the characters in the narrative have ” epithets rather than names”, [6] adding to the relaxed writing style of the novel. Which I guess makes me realize that Sijie seemed so concerned with showing off his erudition that he got too lazy to flesh out the characters or plot.


The love story between Jin Yanxi, a young man from a noble and influential family in Shanghai, and Leng Qingqiu, a girl who has a poor but scholarly background. In doing so, they start a journey that would profoundly change her perspective on her world and teach the boys about the power of literature and their own ability to change their world in truly revolutionary ways. Read it Forward Read it first.

As an only child, Dai would’ve been excused from Mao’s “Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside” program, which sought to “re-educate” young students by sending them to work and learn from the rural peasants.

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She actually could have samstress a lot more lttle had the author bothered to exert himself with her development. 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.

Jeff Zaleski of Publishers Weekly said that the novel “emphasize[s] the power of literature to free the mind.

Lovely, lovely illustration of the dichotomy inherent in knowledge. Still, it offers a good glimpse of China during the Cultural Revolution, and of the th of literature and the deep loathing for a system and people who keep literature sikie of the hands of readers. It deserves 5 stars in the skill to expose the different ironic dichotomies. Edit Details Official Sites: And so the most forbidden becomes the purpose and desire most cherished, yet hidden.


Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

The river Suzhou that flows through Shanghai is a reservoir of filth, chaos and poverty, but also a meeting place for memories and secrets. What is the ironic result of his success in making the Little Seamstress more sophisticated?

Trivia Filming was allowed in China after seven months negotiations with the authorities, but any projection on Chinese territory was banned.

The book is the winner of several literary awards. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress – Canada. Four-Eyes, whose books they are, is unwilling to share his treasure, but after Luo and the narrator’s appetite has been whetted by a sampling of Balzac they will do almost anything to get their hands on the suitcase containing these works. The Maoist government sent him to a reeducation camp in rural Sichuan from toduring the Cultural Revolution.

The Revolution of Chairman Mao Zedong “began in and continued until the dictator’s death ten years later”. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress One version of the front cover of the novel. Set in over the course of a couple of years, it follows the story of the unnamed 17 year old narrator and his best friend Luo, a year older, sent into the countryside to be “re-educated” by the peasants.

In the end, these are personal questions that only the reader may answer.