Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

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  • Paperback
  • 184 pages
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
  • Dai Sijie
  • English
  • 11 February 2019
  • 0385722206

About the Author: Dai Sijie

Dai Sijie was born in China in 1954 He grew up working in his fathers tailor shop He himself became a skilled tailor The Maoist government sent him to a reeducation camp in rural Sichuan from 1971 to 1974, during the Cultural Revolution After his return, he was able to complete high school and university, where he studied art history.In 1984, he left China for France on a scholarship There, h Dai Sijie was born in China in 1954 He grew up working in his fathers tailor shop He himself became a skilled tailor The Maoist government sent him to a reeducation camp in rural Sichuan from 1971 to 1974, during the Cultural Revolution After his return, he was able to complete high school and university, where he studied art history.In 1984, he left China for France on a scholarship There, he acquired a passion for movies and became a director Before turning to writing, he made three critically acclaimed feature length films China, My Sorrow 1989 original title Chine, ma douleur , Le mangeur de lune and Tang, le onzi me He also wrote and directed an adaptation of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, released in 2002 He lives in Paris and writes in French.His novel, Par une nuit o la lune ne s est pas lev e Once on a moonless night , was published in 2007.L acrobatie a rienne de Confucius was published in 2008.His first book, Balzac et la Petite Tailleuse chinoise Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress 2000 , was made into a movie, in 2002, which he himself adapted and directed It recounts the story of a pair of friends who become good friends with a local seamstress while spending time in a countryside village, where they have been sent for re education during the Cultural Revolution see Down to the Countryside Movement They steal a suitcase filled with classic Western novels from another man being reeducated, and decide to enrich the seamstress life by exposing her to great literature These novels also serve to sustain the two companions during this difficult time The story principally deals with the cultural universality of great literature and its redeeming power The novel has been translated into twenty five languages, and finally into his mother tongue after the movie adaptation.His second book, Le Complexe de Di won the Prix Femina for 2003 It recounts the travels of a Chinese man whose philosophy has been influenced by French psychoanalyst thought The title is a play on le complexe d Oedipe , or the Oedipus complex The English translation released in 2005 is titled Mr Muo s Traveling Couch


Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress 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 There They Meet The Daughter Of The Local Tailor And Discover A Hidden Stash Of Western Classics In Chinese Translation As They Flirt With The Seamstress And Secretly Devour These Banned Works, They Find Transit From Their Grim Surroundings To Worlds They Never Imagined.

10 thoughts on “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

  1. says:

    Two urban Chinese boys, 17 and 18 when the story starts, are sent to a farming village to do rural work as part of their re education under Mao s cultural revolution Their terms are indefinite because their parents, doctors and dentists, were considered bourgeois enemies of the people The author was himself re educate...

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Set during the early 1970 s, when Mao sent the intellectuals to the provinces to be re educated to life as peasants, two young men are assigned to a small, remote village One plays a violin The other has a gift for telling stories They endure the labors assigned by the opium growers who rule the area, and are desperate for any sort of intellectual stimulation The local chief assigns them to travel two days to the nearest town in which films are shown, then report back to the town the entiret Set during the early 1970 s, when Mao sent the intellectuals to the provinces to be re educated to life as peasants, two young men are assigned to a small, remote village One plays a violin The other has a gift for telling stories They endure the labors assigned by the opium growers who rule the area, and are desperate for any sort of intellectual stimulation The local chief assigns them to travel two days to the nearest town in which films are shown, then report back to the town the entirety of the films There is another reclamation project in the town, Four Eyes He has a hidden trove of books, and when they do him a service he allows them to borrow a novel by Balzac This is manna from heaven for them and they plan how they might acq...

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    A charming book, written with astute quickness, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is both erudite and approachable It is full of details that absolutely make the scenes pop with vividness, but it does not dawdle over what is not necessary It is a story with a point Which is where this book falls apart Despite its captivation of the reader, its quick pace, its interesting plot, this short novel begins to come apart when perspectives are suddenly shifted why and then again at the end A charming book, written with astute quickness, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is both erudite and approachable It is full of details that absolutely make the scenes pop with vividness, but it does not dawdle over what is not necessary It is a story with a point Which is where this book falls apart Despite its captivation of the reader, its quick pace, its interesting plot, this short novel begins to come apart when perspectives are suddenly shifted why and then again at the end 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 It is a book so enra...

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    Sweet charming story with a fable quality The story revolves around a part of history that I feel somewhat ignorant about, the story takes place during the Chinese cultural revolution a time in history where communism was a means to suppress and take away individuality Life is controlled under the regime of Mao Zedong chairman of the Chinese communist party and restrictions take place, where revolutionary literature is forbidden and higher learning is discouraged, a...

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    Imagine for a moment that all the books you own are taken from you, pulped or set ablaze, labeled as libelous, unworthy to what your new home now thinks and practices What would you do How would this make you feel Then, as if the act of destruction upon your books was not enough, you, too, are taken to a place where you can be re educated All the mysteries or romances or science fiction or literary fiction that you one vigorously pumped into your brain was now going to be methodically replac Imagine for a moment that all the books you own are taken from you, pulped or set ablaze, labeled as libelous, unworthy to what your new home now thinks and practices What would you do How would this make you feel Then, as if the act of destruction upon your books was not enough, you, too, are taken to a place where you can be re educated All the mysteries or romances or science fiction or literary fiction th...

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    On its surface, this book has all the ingredients for a really interesting read a fascinating historical period, potentially interesting characters, and the frequently quite compelling topic of the use or function of literature within literature Unfortunately, I felt like Sijie failed to live up to the greatness of his own project The Cultural Revolution is supposedly the force that propels this story forward It is, after all, the reason 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 fascinating historical period, potentially interesting characters, and the frequently quite compelling topic of the use or function of literature within literature Unfortunately, I felt like Sijie failed to live up to the greatness of his own project The Cultural Revolution is supposedly the force that propels this story forward 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 into question The Revolution, the Communist Party and their respective trappings are sometimes present, b...

  8. says:

    This is a gentle, magical book, quite unlike any other I have ever read The author really gets into the minds of the two boys and the seamstress and the tiny, colourful life they create together despite the poverty of mountain village and...

  9. says:

    This story is cute, kind of odd, and without much plot or character development Dai Sijie s first novel tells the story about two teenage boys sent to the mountains in China for re education under the Maoist regime Sijie himself was re educated from 1971 to 1974, which is when this novel takes place While Sijie builds tension very well he never really delivers Towards the end the perspective changes for what feels like absolutely no reason and I found myself saying, what in my head and This story is cute, kind of odd, and without much plot or character development Dai Sijie s first novel tells the story about two teenage boys sent to the mountains in China for re education under the Maoist regime Sijie himself was re educated from 1971 to 1974, which is when this novel takes place While Sijie builds tension very well he never really delivers Towards the end the perspective changes for what feels like absolutely no reason and I found myself saying, what in my head and having to flip back to figure out if I missed something I didn t The story is told from the perspective of one of the boys, Ma, and is about his relationship with his friend L...

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