BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS. Sijie Dai, Author, Dai Sijie, Author, Ina Rilke, Translator, trans. from the French by Ina Rilke. Knopf $ New York Times Bestseller Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is an enchanting tale that captures the magic of reading and the wonder of romantic. Directed by Sijie Dai. With Xun Zhou, Kun Chen, Ye Liu, Shuangbao Wang. Two youths sent for a Maoist “re-education” in the mountains fall in love with the.

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He has a hidden trove of books, and when they do him a service he allows them seakstress borrow a novel by Balzac. The seamstrese in which it portrays xai and classical music as being magically transformative is a little syrupy and snobbish not to mention wildly unbelievablebut hey – they only had two hours to try to explain how great books and music can speak to the soul, so I have to cut them some slack.

Explanations of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress ‘s symbols, and tracking of where they appear. The narrator thinks that Jean-Christophe by Romain Rolland was particularly life-changing for him. What might seem obvious to us was a revelation to the narrator and his friend Luo, and the Little Seamstress. It was when the two boys find a suitcase full of books that their life changes.

The ending is just perfect too. Gem of a tale, masterpiece has nothing to do with size.

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Paperbackpages. I sort of imagined a much ancient China than the half a century earlier seamstreds. Unfortunately, Sijie’s writing was far too inferior to do such a thing.

They also discover western literature through another boy being re-educated. LitCharts uses cookies to personalize our services. One plays a violin. And so the most forbidden becomes the purpose and desire most cherished, yet hidden.


When another city boy leaves the mountains, the friends steal a suitcase full of forbidden books he has been hiding, knowing he will be afraid to call the authorities.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The book is the winner of several literary awards. The novel won five French literary prizes. This is an outstanding exercise in more than just the pals’ re-education and awakening to adulthood.

The film ends with a news clip of the flooded towns and villages and a scene of the three, back to their youth years, cninese submerged in water. Retrieved 25 October Oct 19, Will Byrnes rated it really liked it.

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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.

Start your free trial. Other characters flit in and out, but the story focuses on these people. Historical Context of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Chairman Mao Zedong began the Cultural Revolution in with the intent to assert communism as the primary ideology of China, while doing away with anything western or traditional. I thought this would be great well, the cover was beautiful and it did have Balzac in it but I was really unimpressed by it.

She actually could have been a lot more interesting had the author bothered to exert himself with her development. And the narrator is left to protect the little Chinese seamstress from all the suitors seamstgess lurk around her tiny hut.

The program, quite simply, removes the children of intellectuals, sijiee enemies and “stinking scientific authorities”, as the narrator’s parents were classed, both being doctors Luo’s father is a successful dentist who was famous for fixing Mao’s teethand sends them out to be re-educated along Revolutionary ideals.


It is a diamond that is yet soft and delicate impossible opposites? Based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same title by Dai, the film revolves around two young Chinese boys of ba,zac background who were sent to a remote village in Sichuan province for three years of re-education during the Cultural Revolution.

What makes the book read like a fable? I am chinfse that I could dissect the many details of the story for symbolic payload.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

He himself became a skilled tailor. It has been translated into 25 languages as of There, he acquired a passion for movies and seaamstress a director.

The novel has been translated into twenty-five languages, and finally into his mother tongue after the movie adaptation. Books of the Annd. Don’t expect much from this little book, despite its great efforts to convince you there is something to expect, and you shall enjoy it as chineee blaze through the pages. A film based on his novel directed by Dai was released in The two boys fall in love with the Little Seamstress, the daughter of the local tailor and “the region’s reigning beauty”.

All the universities were closed and all boys and girls who had graduated from high school were sent off. See all 9 questions about Balzac and seamstrss Little Chinese Seamstress…. These dislocated youth were allowed to return home in the late s. Having never studied Chinese history, my knowledge and understanding of the last century in China is sketchy at best.