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28 July 2012 / getrus

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress — Dai Sijie

ImageThis story is of two boys, teenagers, whose parents happen to be a dentist, the others both doctors.  China at this time was sending many city boys into the countryside to become reeducated.  These two were sent to a village to work.

Here they met with a young seamstress, the only child of a prolific tailor.  Throughout their story they manage to get a a hold of books, which had been banned in China.  That of Balzac, Dumas, Flaubert, Gogol, and Melville, among others.  These stories were then told to the the young seamstress.

When all is said and done the seamstress flees the village she has known her entire life to go to the city because of what she learned through her brief encounter with Balzac.

This story is beautiful and poignant.  Showing how through works of literature people can grow  and because the now are no longer ignorant they want new and different things.

*** (Three Stars)

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  1. Cassie / Jul 28 2012 11:02

    I love a book about books. I can’t wait to read this one. Thank you for this review.

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