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This book tells of the power of literature to impact people’s lives. And this book has been sitting on my shelf for over a year now. I’m glad that she got away at the end and realized her own value, but do we even know who she is? There, he acquired a passion for movies and became a director. Refresh and try again. I forced myself to finish this in order to learn how to commit to things. Part of me wanted chiba credit the book for creating a condition of clarity in a contradiction or dialectic, cina the surrealists apparently tried so hard to do.

Luo decides that the seamstress is too uncultured and uneducated for him and he is determined to educate her and make her more sophisticated so that they can be together. Thanks bslzac telling us about the problem. Even near the end, when it seems she might actually be inhabiting an identity separate from the two boys who want her, it is evidence only through the changing of her appearance, which makes her only more sexually appealing.

Sijie is confused about what he wants this book to be so the reader never figures it out – and the ending, if nothing else, is solid evidence for this. She actually could have been a lot more interesting had the author bothered to exert himself with her development. The English translation released in is titled Mr. The narrator, whose name is never mentioned, and his best friend Luo find themselves facing re-education.

He also wrote and directed an adaptation of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, released in In the end, the plan works but she ends up becoming too cultured for him and longs for the life of the city. He just loves her. I’m not sure if 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.


Okay, I guess, mostly weird. I had a dream about this book yesterday, when I was about one-third in: The stories and authors that the teenagers read have little bearing on the plot–it feels like the author is name-dropping, rather than actually showing the impact that these specific texts can have. 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?

The historical nugget of “re-education” during the Cultural Revolution of China intrigues, but unfortunately the characters are flat and virtually emotionless.

Balzac y La Joven Costurera China

Thirdly is the Little Chinese Seamstress of the title. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

I expected something good, something profound in such a short story. 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.

Balzac y la joven costurera china

So the boys have been reeducated? I have questions that will never be answered, mainly on what will happen to the main characters — the two boys Ma and Lou, and their seamstress friend. Published June 28th by Salamandra first published Hiding their most valuable treasure, the vosturera are able to transit to different worlds full of love, adventure and freedom, things they believed are lost for them forever.

While I wish I could say the last sentence of this book changed my opinion of it, I can’t really. Is that the irony? These supposedly teenage boys in the 20th century speak with an affectation that feels unrelatable and false. They try to dosturera sneaky and smuggle banned books.

I wasn’t sorry about it, just surprised, like “oh, really, that’s it?

I loved the premise. Secondly, the politics feel distant and abstract in the novel.

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They hide their treasure, the forbidden books, together, they steal them together or work in the fields together.


The re-education consists of hard manual work: I don’t ever feel anything for these people. Near the end there was a sudden shift of perspectives — most of the tale had narrated by Ma, but suddenly there was a section by Lou, the seamstress, and a random village person, for no discernable reason.

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. Towards the end the perspective changes for what feels like absolutely no reason and I found myself saying, “what?! 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. But the plain fact of the matter is that the book’s message chiina empty and destructive and won’t even leave you with a book to believe in.

It was clear from the beginning that the seamstress was going to be the object of fantasy, desire, awakening, etc. Nor is it possible that adjusting the time on one enthralling looking clock from the city would confuse villagers into thinking that their city transplants didn’t have to work that day. Do you think it is appropriate or is the romance a little too much? The ending is slow and boring. The story is cute and had coosturera lot of unfulfilled potential, but I still enjoyed reading it despite its flaws.

The ending which does seems believable, is filled with woes that are hard to look past in the grand scheme of the book. But they also grow as friends. Trying to make costyrera little seamstress a more educated young woman, Luo reads some of the stories to her, not knowing that he will change her life forever.