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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress


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ISBN13: 9780385722209
ISBN10: 0385722206
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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 Chinas 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.

About the Author

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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SarahNicoleD, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by SarahNicoleD)
This is honestly one of my favorite books. Sijie Dai's writing is absolutely gorgeous, the plot's placing is flawless, and it's just an interesting read overall. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone would likes strong characters,vivid descriptions, and compelling plot twists ... which is pretty much everyone, so go out and read it!
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Zmrzlina, October 22, 2007 (view all comments by Zmrzlina)
A story that transports the reader through time and awakens the magic that is reading. Two young men sent off for "re-education" during the Chinese Cultural Revolution find their education in strange places. Elegant and finely stitched narrative.
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Hibba, March 13, 2007 (view all comments by Hibba)
A simple story about two boys who are sent off to a village high in the mountains to be re-educated during China's cultural revolution. They are gifted with the ability for story-telling that affects the villagers and those reading.
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Sijie, Dai
Rilke, Ina
Dai, Sijie
Sijie, Dai
Anchor Books
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Man-woman relationships
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