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I expected something good, something profound in such a short story. China, My Sorrow original title: Sijie himself was re-educated from towhich is when this novel takes place. 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.

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I should have loved this. This book tells of the power of literature to impact people’s lives. This was a delightful little story, but suffered greatly from lack of character development.

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. I have questions that will never be answered, mainly on what will happen to the main characters — the two boys Ccosturera and Lou, and their seamstress friend.

Balzac y la joven costurera china

View all 4 balsac. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The historical nugget of “re-education” during the Cultural Revolution of China intrigues, but unfortunately the characters are flat and virtually emotionless.


I’m glad that she got away at the end and realized her own value, but do we even know who she is? The ending – the final metaphor – was very good and, actually, disturbing. It ended a lot different to what I expected, and I believe there could’ve been a lot more details woven into costureea narrative to make the book more interesting.

Balzac y La Joven Costurera China

His first book, Balzac et la Petite Tailleuse chinoise Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstresswas bazlac into a movie, inwhich he himself adapted and directed. Before turning to writing, he made three critically acclaimed feature-length films: There, h Dai Sijie was born in China in The book is some bizarre, nihilistic mix of contempt for villagers, technology, and city intellectuals all at once.

So Mao was, after all, right? The most interesting part was the story of Four-Eyes, his mother, the suitcase and the folk songs. Which I guess makes me realize that Sijie seemed so concerned with showing off his erudition that he got too lazy to flesh out the characters or plot. 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.

It’s sold as a love story, but actually the friendship between Luo and the narrator is the thing that sticks to my mind the most. These two boys 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?

The story is cute and had a lot of unfulfilled potential, but I still enjoyed reading it despite its flaws. 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.


Only a short story, not bad but not exciting either. They hide their treasure, the forbidden books, together, they steal them together or work in the fields together.

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

Sometimes a story has such an unsatisfying ending that I would rather have not read it at all. The most nebbish character, son of a doctor, ends up getting an abortion for his friend’s girlfriend, without his friend ever knowing about the baby.

While every part that DID deal with the Cultural Revolution was well-penned and I want more of it, and balza little nuances of the story, especially early on, were endearing, this was in the end a disappointment.

Towards the end the perspective changes for what feels like absolutely no reason and I found myself saying, “what?! The ending is slow and boring. It is not exactly a tragedy, since the characters are no worse off at the end than at the beginning, but there is no way for the reader to predict, at all, what will finally become of them.

Trivia About Balzac and the Li They try fhina be sneaky and smuggle banned books.

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