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These novels also serve to sustain the two companions during this difficult time.

In the end, the plan works but she ends up becoming too cultured for him and longs for the life of the city. Open Preview See a Problem? The impact that these books have on the characters’ lives, however, is difficult to understand. But they also grow as friends. So Mao was, after all, right? It gave me a reading list of canonical Western texts without showing what it is that makes these texts so powerful. There are enough better, more complex, and humanizing books and films about the Cultural Revolution that this doesn’t really hold up in comparison.

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. 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 they can travel around to other villages, steal forbidden books and read, as well as go to movies to become the village storytellers.

Towards the end the perspective changes for what feels like absolutely no reason and I found myself saying, “what?! The historical nugget of “re-education” during the Cultural Revolution of China intrigues, but unfortunately the characters are flat and virtually emotionless.

The book is some bizarre, nihilistic mix of contempt for villagers, technology, and city intellectuals all at once. 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.

To view it, click here. Jan Edmonds I’ll check out the movie. 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 was disappointing. I don’t ever feel anything for these people.


It was about books and the seamstress girl – and when that story ended, so did the book. The English translation released in is titled Mr.

Balzac y La Joven Costurera China : Dai Suie :

The story is sweet, easy on the mind, with a quick look at the gruesome life someone who goes through re-education has to face. Balzac y la joven costurera china by Dai Sijie. For me this was the type of book that I thought had a promising plot at the start, then jvoen the final few pages I wondered if I had skipped some pages before as parts had no relevance and were just confusing.

Luo falls in love with the little seamstress, because she’s pretty and sweet. The story is told from the perspective of one of the boys, Ma, and is about his relationship with his friend Luo and their preoccupation with a young seamstress in a nearby village.

He even alludes to some physical problem–as though he were injured on the job and left disabled–but he does not describe any injury nor does he seem handicapped during the rest of the book. Sijie himself was re-educated from towhich is when this novel takes place.

Balzac y La Joven Costurera China

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.

It says National Bestseller on the front, and I have to wonder how that happened. Having nothing else to do, I finished this book while waiting for a bus to leave some famous beach resort. This story is cute, kind of odd, and without much plot or character development.

E’ bastato leggere il nome di Balzac Quanto adoro quell’uomo! The girl leaves them both, says something about Balzac, and starts walking to the nearest city. The Maoist government sent him to a reeducation camp in rural Sichuan from toduring the Cultural Revolution.

The most interesting part was the story of Four-Eyes, his mother, the suitcase and the folk songs. He just loves her. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

He doesn’t care about her education, he doesn’t want to turn bazlac into a better, brighter version of herself.

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

But now that I have given it some thought, this story was never about the two boys in the first place. The book starts of fine, a quick blzac interesting plot captivates the readers and the authors imagery techniques compliment that beautifully. As well as for one of the boys to befriend the little seamstress and knock her up before leaving it up to his friend to try and find her a place for an abortion when it’s illegal to not only have an abortion, but to get married before 25 years of age.


Nevertheless, I would be lying, if I didn’t say I was hoping for the narrator to “get the girl” in the end. What next, little China? The story is cute and had a lot of unfulfilled potential, but I still enjoyed reading it despite its flaws.

It is superficial, reactionary, unintentionally surreal, and probably owes both its totemic content and popularity to Dai Sijie’s previous life as a film maker. And this book has been sitting on my shelf for over a year now.

Before turning to writing, he made three ballzac acclaimed feature-length films: 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 ending which does seems believable, is filled with woes that are hard to look past in the grand scheme of the book.

I was hoping to feel their loss in costurear being separated from the comfort of their former lives. First of all, it is not This surprisingly u 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.

Balzac y la joven costurera china

Of course, there were times when the journey was worth it eg. Maybe great for people who knows a lot of Chinese Revolutions, because they can appreciate the details cksturera this book better than I do. 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.

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. The boys have no access to books of any kind until bzlzac discover that a friend in a nearby village has h This book was only so-so. This book tells of the power of literature to impact people’s lives.