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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nalzac This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Math, physics and chemistry were dropped from the school curriculum and replaced by agricultural and industrial texts. Luo becomes inebriated and incinerates all of the foreign books “in [a] frenzy”,  ending the novel.
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As they flirt with the seamstress and secretly devour these banned works, they find transit from their grim surroundings to worlds they never imagined. As an only child, Dai would’ve been excused from Mao’s “Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside” program, which sought to “re-educate” young students by sending them to work and learn from the rural peasants.
Having never studied Chinese history, my knowledge and understanding of the last century in China is sketchy at best. Two youths sent for a Maoist “re-education” in the mountains fall in love with the village tailor’s granddaughter. A pleasing talent to be sure, but a marginal one, with little future in it. Oct 27, J. The Little Seamstress of the title is a beautiful young woman, who becomes lover to one of the young men both are in their late teens. While worlds and values they never knew are opened up to the boys, it is the Little Seamstress they have the most impact on, in an almost ironic ending.
Set in over the course of a couple of years, it follows the story of the unnamed 17 year old narrator and his best friend Luo, a year older, sent into the countryside to be “re-educated” by the peasants.
China, My Sorrow original title: Though Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita is infinitely more fantastical than Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, it too tackles the relationship between Communism and censorship. Because of their parents, there is a 3 in chance of them being returned to their families.
After staying up all night reading the book, Luo gives the book to the narrator and leaves the village in order to tell the story to the Little Seamstress. The main characters the two boys in this book find a surprising escape from their harsh daily activities when they stumble upon a suitcase full of forbidden works of western fiction ilttle their whole world suddenly opens up.
Life is controlled under the regime of Mao Zedong chairman of the Chinese communist party and restrictions take place, where revolutionary literature is forbidden and higher learning is discouraged, a time when sijiie where taken away from their towns and then placed into primitive little villages with the sole purpose of reeducation. One of the few people they entrust with their secret of literature is a seamstress.
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The story has a beauty to it that bears some close inspection. There is this one phrase that surprised me of how much truth it could hold if we let it: Up until this stolen encounter with Romain Rolland’s hero, my poor educated and re-educated brains had been incapable of grasping the notion of one man standing up against the whole world. Throughout the novel, the repression of Western literature, and by extension Western cultural values, is presented as a terrible deprivation.
The boys’ escapades delight and entertain without seeming trite or naive, the flowing, light tone of the novel actually helps put the more gruesome or upsetting scenes in perspective. Neither Luo nor the narrator got the intellectual education they’re being punished for, but they still recognise the treasure that Four-Eyes is in possession of, and hatch chines plan to get hold of the suitcase.
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I’ve rated this book three stars; in spite of my review, I did still enjoy it to a certain degree. Later, inLuo and Ma both return to the city as well. The Little Seamstress soon falls in love with Luo.
Alas, the ending is something of a disappointment that tempers the enthusiastic praise I can otherwise heap on it. Mar 30, Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it. Empire Pictures [United States].
I am now even more leery of that qualification. Would I be able to keep the treasure of novels secret? Retrieved from ” https: The book moves too quickly over much of this, offering a few episodes to focus on and skipping over long periods of admittedly probably very dreary time.
This page was last edited on 18 Julyat During those years of intellectual oppression, the three found solace and liberation in a collection of banned translated novels by Western authors, among whom their favourite was Balzac. It was when the two boys find a suitcase full of books that their life changes.
Views Read Edit View history. Set aside a few hours to read this one non-stop, and schedule something immediately afterward to wash the taste of the ending away. Add the first question. Via these banned books, these re-educated people see a world they will no longer be allowed to be a part of, and discover littls along the way.