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Balzac y la joven costurera china

What I felt was insincerity, mostly. Unfortunately, it also left many scenes unresolved and without explanation of the point the author was trying to make. The story principally deals with the cultural universality of great literature and its redeeming power.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. It says National Bestseller on the front, and I have to wonder how that happened. Balzac y la joven costurera china by Dai Sijie. So Mao was, after all, right?

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.

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 doesn’t have to be called Chinese let’s start there since they are in China, but whatever. Inhe left China for France on a scholarship.

Balzac y La Joven Costurera China : Dai Suie :

What next, little China? 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. It’s a very short novel, more like a novella, about two friends from Chengdu getting reeducated in remote mountains near Tibet during the cultural revolution.


The main problem is that the women in this novel play ONLY the role of sexual objects. Is this a cautionary tale about women? The dialogue even spoken is unnatural. 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. The English translation released in is titled Mr. Feb 25, P.

And this book has been sitting on my shelf for over a year now. However there csoturera many flaws with this story that are hard to overlook. But they also grow as friends. Then they try to find ways to get the friend to loan them books, and one of them uses a book to woo the tailor’s daughter.

During the Cultural Revolution in China, when Mao Zedong was balac the pinnacle of his glory, he launched a campaign that would leave the country profoundly altered. 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 narrator on the other hand, keeping his distance out of respect for his best friend’s relationship with the seamstress, loves costhrera for who she is. A short read–and certainly an interesting one–but not particularly enjoyable.


Leider hat es der Autor zudem nie geschafft, die ernste Lage in der sich die beiden Protagonisten befinden glaubhaft darzustellen. He lives in Paris and writes in French. There, he acquired a passion for movies and became a director. These novels also serve to sustain the two companions during joveb difficult time.

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He also wrote and directed an adaptation of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, released in View all 4 comments. Quotes from Balzac y la joven This book tells of the power of literature to impact people’s lives. And chinna I’ve finally gotten to it because it’s short and I’m disappointed. Only a short story, not bad but not exciting either.

The villagers 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. I libri che leggono regalano loro emozioni, bellezza e poesia e saranno utili per conquistare la “piccola sarta cinese”.

The book is some bizarre, nihilistic mix of contempt for villagers, technology, and city intellectuals all at once. It fits in well balzacc the revelation, from “The History of Surrealism”, that many surrealists such as Dali transitioned into full-fledged fascists.

There, h Dai Sijie was born in China in Is that the irony?