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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As they flirt with the seamstress and secretly devour these banned works, the two friends find transit from their grim surroundings to worlds they never imagined.

Can someone please let me know what audience you think this is suited for.

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Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. In this setting, two young boys are relocated to a village for re-education. When Luo suffers a bout of malaria, the narrator is called upon to tell a story: Anchor Books October 29, Language: While ingeniously concealing their forbidden treasure, the boys find transit to worlds they had thought lost forever.

Although, “the only thing Luo was really good at was telling stories. Looking for More Great Reads?

How can Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress be read as a coming-of-age novel? What were their crimes? 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. There, h Dai Sijie was born in China in The two boys are taken from their an and sent to live in a tiny village, where they are “re-educated,” meaning that they are forced to work on the farms, haul heavy bundles, and enter a tiny and terrifying coal mine.


I sort of imagined a much ancient China than the half a century earlier one. 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.

Luo’s determination to educate his little seamstress by reading to her unwittingly gives her the keys to her own freedom.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. And after listening to their dangerously seductive retellings of Balzac, hte the Little Seamstress will be forever transformed. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress One version of the front cover of the novel.

Two teenage boys get exiled for re-education to a remote mountainous village during China’s infamous cultural revolution.

What would you do? Dai Sijie is a Chinese-born filmmaker and novelist who has tye and worked in France since 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.

Of course, I’ve moved my review to my blog so the Reavers can’t get at it. Luo is sent to the mountains to be reeducated, an experience he bitterly resents, and yet he himself wishes to reeducate the Seamstress.


Weamstress Fiction Historical Fiction Audiobooks. I’ve rated this book three stars; in spite of my review, I did still enjoy it to a certain degree.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

Throughout the novel, I could not help but think: Oct 29, Pages Buy. Aug 12, Shelley rated it it was ok. The two boys fall in love with the Little Seamstress, the daughter of the local tailor and “the region’s reigning beauty”. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Their meager distractions include a violin—as well as, before long, the beautiful daughter of the local tailor. And so the most forbidden becomes the purpose and desire most cherished, yet hidden.

The last third of the book does feel very rushed and I felt the book could easily have been twice as long and that would have taken away the rushed feel at the end. The warmth and humor of Sijie’s prose and the clarity of Rilke’s translation distinguish this slim first novel, a wonderfully human tale.