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The thing with the old preacher helping the protagonists with their trouble don’t want to make any spoilers also struck me as not too well thought out, for why would he want to help them with this particular problem? Some decisions made by Dai Sijie in the writing of this book was rather strange, imo.

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. It gave me a reading list of canonical Western texts without showing what it is that makes these texts so powerful.

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He lives in Paris and writes in French. Published June 28th by Salamandra first published 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.

The impact that these books have on the characters’ lives, however, is difficult to understand. They are still ddai up while living there and discover all sorts of new feelings: For me, “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress” is closer to a short story than anything else, because it has roughly pages which makes it finish-able in one day.

They only gain a kind of false value balzqc “found objects” in the surrealist style, mundane objects which are given significance and quickly forgotten because they were temporarily confusing. To ask other readers questions about Balzac y la joven costurera chinaplease sign up. I loved the premise. The English translation released in is titled Mr. The re-education consists of hard manual work: I’m glad that she got away at the end and realized her own value, but do we even know who she is?


I was hoping to feel their loss in their being separated f I’m not sure what i was expecting from this book, but i was disappointed by what i got. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Trivia About Balzac and the Li Nevertheless, I would be lying, if I didn’t say I was hoping for the narrator to “get the girl” in the end. It ended a lot different to what I expected, and I believe there joen been a lot more details woven into the narrative to make the book more interesting.

Balzac y la joven costurera china

The best I can do after finishing this book is The ending which does seems believable, is filled with woes that are hard to look past in the grand scheme of the book. It fits in well with the revelation, from “The History of Surrealism”, that many surrealists such as Dali transitioned into full-fledged fascists.

Which I guess makes me realize that Sijie seemed so concerned with showing off his erudition that he got too lazy to flesh out the characters or plot. Unfortunately, it also left many scenes unresolved and without explanation of the point the author was trying to make. One of my biggest pet peeves is when male authors create two-dimensional female characters, i. I mean, there IS a lot, of course, the whole reeducation thing is horrible, but somehow I didn’t feel it.

What next, little China? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The story is cute and had a lot of unfulfilled potential, but I still enjoyed reading it despite its flaws. But now that I have given it some thought, this story was never about the two b Sometimes a story has such an unsatisfying ending that I would rather have not read it at all. Probably a little of all of these. Everyone came to consult the clock, as though our house on stilts were a temple.


The most interesting part was the story of Four-Eyes, his mother, the suitcase and the folk songs. It retold an old tale without bringing much that was new to the story. I expected something good, something profound in such a short story. Falling in love, jealousy, anger Can someone please let me know what audience you think this is suited for. Luo and his friend are barely eighteen when they have to leave their home and move into a village in which they will be turned into respectable communists and workers.

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. First off, the characters are wooden, and hard to identify with.

For instance, at one point during the story the narrator works in a coal mine, and he mentions that this brief job would cause many long-lasting ill effects, but he doesn’t say what these are. What I got was boredom and disappointment. The cbina spoke pretty poetic language, and not exactly the kind that common, uneducated people would use because there are many kinds of poetry in the world. Okay, I guess, mostly weird. Balzzac Mao was, after all, right?

In fact, upon observing her newfound fashion statement, Luo states “All that time we spent reading to her has certainly paid off. I’m not sure balzzac the author intended it to work this way, because it seems to make the reader achieve a different conclusion than the book tries to present. What I felt was insincerity, mostly.