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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

by Dai Sijie
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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 China's 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.

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 China's 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.

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  • AudioFile Magazine When two boys discover a suitcase of banned Western literature (translated) during their re-education in the remote countryside of China, anything is possible. Enlightenment falls upon the Cultural Revolution with thunder and drums, depicting as well the glory of carnal love and, more subtly, the idea of individualism. Both boys retell the stories to the villagers and earn recognition from the elders, as well as from the beautiful little seamstress. Read with the tenderness it deserves by B.D. Wong, the tale unfolds to inter-mingle East and West with touching results. This is a book that can be listened to over and over to hear the missed inflections and the astonishingly vivid details. B.H.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, Winner of 2004 ALA/ YALSA Recording (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine
  • —Los Angeles Times Book Review “An unexpected miracle–a delicate, and often hilarious, tale.”
  • The Washington Post Book World “A funny, touching, sly and altogether delightful novel . . . about the power of art to enlarge our imaginations.”
  • —The New York Times Book Review “Poetic and affecting. . . . The descriptions of life in this strangest of times and places are so riveting that the reader longs for more.”
  • San Francisco Chronicle Book Review “[A] thrilling and . . . truly great work. . . . [A] richly complex fable.”
  • —The Boston Globe “Gives the rest of the world a glimpse into that dark place where the human spirit continues, against all odds, to shine its light.”
  • The Chicago Tribune “A wonderful novel . . . formed by detailed layering and exquisite craftsmanship, like a beautifully tailored garment.”
  • The New York Times “Poignant, humorous, and romantic.”
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer “Seduces readers into its world. . . . [A] very wise little story of love and illusion.”


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