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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

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The surprise literary bestseller of the year, this is a beguiling fable that shines with the wonder of imagination, the beauty of romance, and the ... Show synopsis

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A Fable

by rejoyce on Mar 18, 2008

During China's Cultural Revolution, two young men, whose parents are denounced as class enemies, are sent to the countryside for reeducation. They toil perilously in a mine, are entranced by the lovely daughter of a tailor, and discover their friend Four-Eyes' secret cache of Western literature. Living in a house on stilts on Phoenix Mountain, they experience a rebirth of sorts like the mythical bird. As the title implies, this compact novel is about the imaginative power of literature and storytelling, and "human desires and true emotions" that transgress a repressive politics, adolescent initiations into love and loss. It has the charm, humor and privation of a fable. Translated from the French, Dai Sijie's limpid, evocative prose compels the reader's attention to the fate of these two orphaned characters in a harsh, strange world. A small gem.


Chinese classic.

by sportreader on Apr 27, 2007

Three young men are sent to the country for retraining during the cultural revelution. This story reflects the turmoil and adjustment and peronalities. They adjustments & learning the three boy's go through are nothing compared to the grouth and determination the little chinese seamstress has to live through in a short period of time. The one boy has a locked of banned books and the story unfolds how the art of writing awakens ones hopes and dreams. What is the price of one's independence & grouth?

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