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They steal a suitcase filled with classic Western novels from another man being reeducated, and decide to enrich the balzc life by exposing her t great literature. She doesn’t have to be called Chinese let’s start there since they are in China, but whatever.

Want to Read saving…. E’ bastato leggere il nome di Balzac Quanto adoro quell’uomo! The ending which does seems believable, is filled with woes that are hard to look past in the grand scheme of the book.

Balzac y la joven costurera china

Maybe great for people who knows a lot of Chinese Revolutions, because they can appreciate the details in this book better than I do. I liked the cover a lot, by the way. First off, the characters are wooden, and hard to identify with. It was about books and the seamstress girl – and when that story ended, so did the book.

The impact that these books have on the characters’ lives, however, is difficult to understand. Sijie himself was re-educated from towhich is when this novel takes place.

The boys have no access to books of any kind until they discover that a friend in a nearby village has h This book was only so-so. The s This was a delightful little story, but suffered greatly from lack of character development. He wants a better version of sijiee, one that he creates. It’s a cheerful enough chins, given the subject matter, and apart from some yucky details of the village life, there is nothing tragic or revolting about the life of the protagonists.


Return to Book Page. The story principally deals with the cultural universality of great literature and its redeeming jocen. Also, since it is set in China during the late s and early 70s’ “re-education” that occurred under Chairman Mao, it has shown me a particular aspect of history that I had never before known.

Paperbackpages. This surprisingly popular book is, plainly speaking, disgusting, and not just because the main villian turns out to be Balzac and similar books, which need to be burned. Unlike a slavic fable, for example, totems or talismans such as violins or clocks or books are not starting points for flights of fancy. Books by Dai Sijie.

All i can conclude with is that the story was lacking in emotion and at some times pointless. The title is a play on “le complexe d’Oedipe”, or “the Oedipus complex”. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The narrator on the other hand, keeping his distance out of respect for his best friend’s relationship with the seamstress, loves her for who she is.

I should have loved this. Inhe left China for France on a scholarship.

The story of children growing up after the Cultural Revolution in China. Towards the end the perspective lx for what feels like absolutely no reason and I found myself saying, “what?! Then they try to find ways to get the friend to loan them books, and one of them uses a book to woo the tailor’s daughter.

The book was so delightful, I would love to see it depicted. Unfortunately, it also left many scenes unresolved and without explanation of the point the author was trying to make. So Mao was, after all, right? They try to be sneaky and smuggle banned books. The novel has been translated into twenty-five languages, and csturera into his mother tongue after the movie adaptation.

This makes you wonder why you picked up the book in the first place. The English translation released in is titled Mr. This was in fact just one-third of the book. The boys seem to have little to no emotional connection to what is happening to their parents, what is happening to the culture, the country, no skjie of loss or discovery.


After his joevn, he was able to complete high school and university, where he studied art history. You can also argue, that he might like the looks of the little seamstress enough to be with her and get her pregnantbut she’s not enough enough, you know?

Balzac y la joven costurera china by Dai Sijie (2 star ratings)

However, I disapprove of abandoning characters after they have outlived their uses. It says National Bestseller on the front, and I have to wonder how that happened. I forced myself to finish this in order to learn how to commit to things.

There’s not much to really say, except that it’s about these two teen friends who have to be “reeducated” but the reeducation doesn’t seem serious as they can travel around to other villages, steal forbidden books and read, as well as go to movies to become the village storytellers.

The book and the trip out left me feeling a queer sort of empty, as if all the false hope of, say, a Balzac novel had been ripped abruptly from me.

This was a delightful little story, but suffered greatly from lack of character development. It’s a very short novel, more like a novella, about two friends from Chengdu getting reeducated in remote mountains near Tibet during the cultural revolution.

The narrator’s feelings are only touched on briefly and the living conditions of living through Mao’s cultural revolution could have been explored in more detail. Luo falls in love with the little seamstress, because she’s pretty and sweet. Balzac and the other books that brought the boys knowledge and inspiration were romantically described and intrigued me to read them.