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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Neither is even a high school graduate yet, but as the sons of doctors they are suspicious — obviously tainted by their dao intellectual backgrounds — and so, like millions of others of Chinese of the time, forced to participate in this disastrous social experiment.

Blindly I said I would give it a shot, semastress when I saw it at a thrift store for very cheap I bought it, two days later I decided to read it and then died.

At another village is Four-Eyes, the only person on the mountain who has glasses. One gets the impression that perhaps Sijie took on a bit too much. Mar 07, Emilie rated it liked it. A vast majority of the characters in the narrative have ” epithets rather than names”, [6] adding to the relaxed writing style of the novel. Based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same title by Dai, the film revolves around two young Chinese boys of bourgeois background who were sent to a remote village in Sichuan province for three years of re-education during the Cultural Revolution.

The Cultural Revolution is supposedly the force that propels this story forward.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Their terms are indefinite because their parents, doctors and dentists, were considered bourgeois enemies of the people.

I do wish I had read it in the original French though, but the English translation was not bad. I mean, yeah, it was decent. Why does Four Eyes object to the authentic mountain songs Luo and the narrator bring back from the old miller?

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In France, he directed several films before turning to writing. And with Four Eyes leaving, the books are certainly to leave with him.

Dai chose to participate, however, and he cites the allure of rigorous training as his reasoning. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.


Dai himself was re-educatedand “spent bwlzac years between and in the mountains of Sichuan Province “. While worlds and values they never knew are opened te to the boys, it is the Little Seamstress they have the most impact on, in an almost ironic ending.

The two friends are good at storytelling, and the village headman commands them to put on “oral cinema shows” for the villagers, reciting the plots and dialogue of movies.

One day, however, the Little Seamstress, now completely changed by the new ideas Luo and Ma have introduced her to, abruptly decides to leave the village to seek out “a new life,” despite pleas from her grandfather and Luo. The manner in which it dao literature and classical music as being magically transformative is a little syrupy and snobbish not to mention wildly unbelievablebut hey – they only had two hours to try to explain how great books and music can speak to the soul, so I have to cut them some slack.

A Taiwanese medical student defects to Mainland China due to Nationalist persecution, became an army surgeon during Korean War, and later went to Tibet as a doctor, while pining for his Beautifully written story about youth during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

A father, a retiring mailman, walks his son over his job in the mountainous regions of Hunan province. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress was his first novel, and it won five French literary awards. The Revolution, ligtle 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.

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 chihese and calls the entire book into question.

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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 infamous Cultural Revolution. Books of the Week. Lou Ye, who spent his youth on the banks of the Refresh and try again. Have they lost their innocence by the end of the book? Ma travels to the city to find a gynecologist who knows his father and begs the latter for help.


It is a bit jarring, if illuminating.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

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 what ways does Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress exert a similar power on its readers? Apr 29, Nari rated it really liked it Shelves: Would I read it again? How would this make you feel? Use dmy dates from July Articles containing simplified Chinese-language text Articles containing traditional Chinese-language text Articles containing French-language text.

But her favourite turns out to be Balzac. And also when it is firmly established and the emotive value and wit of humor understood, so often will that fuel myriads of other choices that abandon the original simplicity. Little Seamstress becomes pregnant. I also felt the character of the seamstress was a little thin and did not ring true; it needed more development to explain the way she acted and reacted A good read, but in this case not quite enough.

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. Which is where this book falls apart. The characters and story are also woefully underdeveloped. Four Eyes Xiong Xiao The narrator and his friend Luo, the tailor and his daughter, the seamstress, Four-Eyes, and the village head.

Do you think it is appropriate or is the romance a little too much? It is a book so enraptured in its cute story, its nice little package, that it fails to truly consider what it is saying.

From the onset, Luo and the seamstress begin a relationship. Its name comes from the short story “The Scar” by Lu Xinhua. She later confides to Ma that she is pregnant, but population-curbing laws forbid marriage before 25 and abortion is illegal without a marriage certificate.