Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

Balzac and the Little Chinese SeamstressBalzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie is the story of two young men who are sent to the countryside to be “re-educated” during China’s Cultural Revolution. There, they discover Chinese translations of forbidden Western books. The book’s description of the re-education of the two men is interesting, and the wonder that they feel upon reading these forbidden books is familiar to anyone with a love of reading. However, the last third of the book really falls off in quality, with a strange narrative change. I found the end to be confusing. The end of the book seems to have a deep meaning, but I could not figure out what it was.

Availability: SMCM Library
Review Submitted by: Rebecca Thayer
Rating:  Recommended with Reservations.

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