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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.

There are enough better, more complex, and humanizing books and films about the Cultural Revolution that this doesn’t really hold up in comparison. It gave me a reading list of canonical Western texts without showing what it is that makes these texts so powerful. But the plain fact of the matter is that the book’s message is empty and destructive and won’t even leave you with a book to believe in. All in all, it was a rather lackluster book that kept making me want to doze off and wonder when the whole point of the novel would show up.

I cksturera ever feel anything for these people.

Balzac y la joven costurera china by Dai Sijie (2 star ratings)

I feel it capitalized on Western stereotypes and failed to present any real human story. The story of children growing up after the Cultural Revolution in China. For me this was the type of book that I thought had a promising plot at the start, then reading the final few pages I wondered if I had skipped some pages before as parts had sijoe relevance and were just confusing.

Balzac and the other books that brought the boys knowledge and inspiration were romantically described and intrigued me to read them. Is that the irony? t

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The main problem jpven that the women in this novel play ONLY the role of sexual objects. First of all, it is not 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. I’m glad that she got away at the end and realized her own value, but do we even know who she is? Inhe left China for France on a scholarship.


Balzac y la joven costurera china

It was about books and the seamstress girl – and when that story ended, so did the book. He lives in Paris joveh writes in French.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Secondly, the politics feel distant and abstract in the novel.

There is so much potential in this novella, that it is incredibly frustrating to see it ultimately fail. And this book has been sitting on my shelf for over a year now.

Luo and the narrator are a team, who go through every trouble or mischief together. Perhaps I would costturera enjoyed the plot to rely more heavily on the whereabouts and historical context! These two cisturera were sent away from their homes, their families and their former education, and neither one –the primary narrator and latter his friend– had nothing to reflect on, but the fact that they discovered some forbidden books?

Is this a cautionary tale about women? The book goes on to accidentally confirm what I’m saying by revealing that the widely known and widely respected village tailor had seen one similar on the wall every day for years when he’d worked as an apprentice for another man in the village? The book is some bizarre, nihilistic mix of contempt for villagers, technology, and city intellectuals all at once.

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. He also wrote and directed an adaptation of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, released in 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.

Sometimes a story has such an unsatisfying ending that I would rather have not read it at all. I picked up this book because one of my best aijie lent it to me. Want to Read saving….

It was clear from the beginning that the seamstress was going to be the object of fantasy, desire, awakening, etc. While every part that DID deal with the Cultural Revolution was well-penned and I want more of it, and the little nuances of the story, especially early on, were endearing, this was in the end a disappointment. This story is cute, kind of odd, and without much plot or hcina development.


The narrator’s feelings are only touched on briefly and the living conditions of living through Mao’s cultural revolution could have been explored in more detail.

What I felt was insincerity, mostly. This was in fact just one-third of the book.

Trying to make the little seamstress a more educated young woman, Luo reads some of the stories to her, not knowing that he will change her life forever. It’s the time of Mao’s infamous Cultural Revolution and the two boys are guilty of being sons of doctors. Lists with This Book. Dai Sijie was born in China in They steal a suitcase filled with classic Western novels from another man being reeducated, and decide to enrich the seamstress’ life by exposing her to great literature.

This is kind of a mild Shakespeare tragedy, Chinese-style. I really wish the author had found a way to tie the story together and written an ending that fit the majority of the book. The narrator, whose name is never mentioned, and his best friend Luo find themselves facing re-education.

There, h Dai Sijie was born in China in What next, little China? Having nothing else to do, I finished this book while waiting for a bus to leave some famous beach resort. The girl leaves them both, says something about Balzac, and starts walking to the nearest city.

What I got was boredom and disappointment.

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Given the shortness of the story it’s difficult to take sides. 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 Well that ssijie disappointing.

It reads more like a parable or a short story than a novel. Also, the narrator only tells the story from his point of view, which makes it difficult to understand Luo’s position completely.