Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 29, 2002 - Fiction - 192 pages
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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is an enchanting tale that captures the magic of reading and the wonder of romantic awakening. An immediate international bestseller, it tells the story of two hapless city boys exiled to a remote mountain village for re-education during China’s infamous Cultural Revolution. There the two friends 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, the two friends find transit from their grim surroundings to worlds they never imagined.

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It has one of the best, most fitting endings. - LibraryThing
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I thought this was a decent novel, an interesting window into a bizarre episode in global history (the Cultural Revolution), occasionally moving in a coming-of-age type of way, and a reasonably ... Read full review

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It was pretty good...except for that bizarre 6-page section 3/4ths of the way through, where one portion was told from changing points of view. I have no idea why the author did that, and it was ... Read full review

Contents

PART I
1
PART II
43
PART III
107
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Born in China in 1954, Dai Sijie is a filmmaker who was himself “re-educated” between 1971 and 1974.
He left China in 1984 for France, where he has lived and worked ever since. This, his first novel, was an overnight sensation when it appeared in France in 2000, becoming an immediate best-seller and winning five prizes. Rights to the novel have been sold in nineteen countries, and it is soon to be made into a film.


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