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Balzac und die kleine chinesische Schneiderin

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  34,856 ratings  ·  2,988 reviews
Luo ist ein begnadeter Erzähler. Wenn er ins Kino in die Kreisstadt fährt, warten im Dorf schon alle begierig, bis er ihnen die Filmhandlung in allen Einzelheiten nacherzählt. Selbst der herrische Laoban, der Dorfvorsteher, lässt sich von seiner magischen Kunst erweichen. Und als Luo krank wird und die kleine Schneiderin vier Hexen holt, die ihn heilen sollen, heulen die F ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Piper (first published 2000)
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mai ahmd

لا أعرف ماذا تعني إعادة تأهيل ولكنه مصطلح يشعرك بالإهانة .. وكأن هؤلاء البشر غير مؤهلين للحياة ويتم إعادة تربيتهم من جديد عموما هذا النهج الذي إرتآه الزعيم ماو فوضع سياسة إعادة تأهيل الشباب المتعلم فأرسلهم للقرى على أساس أن الريف هي المعلم وهناك يجب أن يتعلم الإنسان كيف تكون هي الحياة .. وهكذا يذهب بطلا الرواية لو ورفيقه الراوي إلى القرية الواقعة قرب جبل طيور فينق السماء وتشاء الصدف أن آباءهم من الأطباء الذين اعتبرا من أعداء الشعب وفي مفارقة ساخرة والد ليو هو طبيب أسنان وقد سبق أن عالج الزعيم ا
A charming book, written with astute quickness, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is both erudite and approachable. It is full of details that absolutely make the scenes pop with vividness, but it does not dawdle over what is not necessary. It is a story with a point.

Which is where this book falls apart. Despite its captivation of the reader, its quick pace, its interesting plot, this short novel begins to come apart when perspectives are suddenly shifted (why?) and then again at the end
Imagine for a moment that all the books you own are taken from you, pulped or set ablaze, labeled as libelous, unworthy to what your new home now thinks and practices. What would you do? How would this make you feel? Then, as if the act of destruction upon your books was not enough, you, too, are taken to a place where you can be re-educated. All the mysteries or romances or science fiction or literary fiction that you one vigorously pumped into your brain was now going to be methodically replac ...more
Petra X
This is a gentle, magical book, quite unlike any other I have ever read. The author really gets into the minds of the two boys and the seamstress and the tiny, colourful life they create together despite the poverty of mountain village and the oppression of the Cultural Revolution. The ending is just perfect too.
On its surface, this book has all the ingredients for a really interesting read: a fascinating historical period, potentially interesting characters, and the frequently quite compelling topic of the use or function of literature within literature. Unfortunately, I felt like Sijie failed to live up to the greatness of his own project.

The Cultural Revolution is supposedly the force that propels this story forward. It is, after all, the reason for which the main character and his best friend Luo a

"يا لها من فتنة!!أحسست بنفسي أغيب في ضباب الثمالة!!"

هذا ما حدث لي تماما بعد الانتهاء من هذه الرواية، كالمتعة التي عبر عنها البطلان لحظة التقاء عيونهما بالكتب، في واحد من أجمل مشاهد الرواية...مشهد سرقة الكتب!!!0

هذه رواية يعجزني الحديث عنها...فمن أين أبدأ؟؟

من التقنية الروائية السينمائية التي أبدع فيها "داي سيجي"؟؟أم من الترجمة الجميلة التي حظيت بها؟؟أم من توزيع دور البطولة بمهارة فائقة على الشخوص فيها؟؟أم من النهاية ذات الدلالات التي تليق بتلخيص رؤية الكاتب؟؟أم من الفكرة التي نهضت من قلب تاريخ محد

الحقيقة أن قراءة رواية بهذا القدر من الجمال تدفعنا إلى التغنّي بالمقولة المبالغ فيها : " ما من حزن لا يستطيع الكتاب تخفيفه ". الكتاب الذي سيجعل من المحكوم عليهم بإعادة التأهيل قادرين على الصمود في ذلك الخراء - و إعادة التأهيل إحدى حماقات ماو التدميرية - و الذي كان قد تعرض لها الكاتب نفسه كما هو الحال للعديد من النشء المتعلم آنذاك - الشاعر الصيني الشهير يانغ ليان على سبيل المثال لا الحصر عمل حفاراً للقبور أثناء إعادة تأهيله - و بلزاك الذي يتقدم العنوان بكبرياء نابليوني لا يرمز لشيء باعتقادي سوى ا
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
One of the reasons why I join bookclubs is to encourage myself to read books I wouldn't normally read, to get me out of my comfort zone. And one of the hopes of any bookclub I think, for me at least, is to find a gem, a book that you had never wanted to read but, having read through coercion, have been spellbound by. This is that book. Descriptions of it that I'd read when it was first released had turned me off - it sounded boring - but with such low expectations I was so into this story that I ...more
This story is cute, kind of odd, and without much plot or character development. Dai Sijie's first novel tells the story about two teenage boys sent to the mountains in China for "re-education" under the Maoist regime. Sijie himself was re-educated from 1971 to 1974, which is when this novel takes place. While Sijie builds tension very well he never really delivers. Towards the end the perspective changes for what feels like absolutely no reason and I found myself saying, "what?!" in my head and ...more
تحديث: كنت أقلب مواضيعا قديمة، فمررت على موضوع كنت كتبته قبل عامين عن هذه الرواية
أتحدث فيه عن فكرة الفن و الجمال و عن معناه، بما أن الرواية تعالج فكرة الجمال و الفن في وسط الشقاء
كان من السهل علي حينها الحديث عن هذا الموضوع و بمثل هذه الطريقة حين كنت فايقة و رايقة
لكن المفارقة التي ليست مضحكة إطلاقا
أني الآن و بعد عامين من معايشة كل هذا الظلم و المجازر و التوحش
أتساءل إن كان ما كتبته عن المعنى من الجمال، حقا له معنى
على كل المقال جميل فعلا، و إن كنتَ من المحظوظين الذين ما زالوا يستشعرون الجمال فاستمت
Nari (The Novel World)
I chose this excerpt from the book because it seems to sum up the changes seen in the characters:

“Picture if you will, a boy of nineteen still slumbering in the limbo of adolescence, having heard nothing but revolutionary blather about patriotism, Communism, and ideology and propaganda all his life, falling headlong into a story of awakening desire, passion, impulsive action, love, of all the subjects that had, until then, been hidden from me”

There is a series of revolutions taking place through
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3.5* of five

This novel is a deep peer into the dark and turgid pool that the Cultural Revolution made of China for far, far too long.

Of course, I've moved my review to my blog so the Reavers can't get at it.
I thought this would be great (well, the cover was beautiful and it did have Balzac in it) but I was really unimpressed by it. It was a story and nothing more. I can't figure out why it's selling like hot cakes. Oh well.
Fatema Hassan , bahrain
( عند اجتيازنا لصالة الطعام ، تناول ( لو ) حقيبة الكتب ، بعد ساعة من الركض المجنون على الطريق ، وبعد أن قررنا أخيراً أن نستريح ، فتحها .
كان ذيل الثور بنهايته المشعرة و الملطخة ببقع الدم الداكنة يستلقي على أكوام الكتب ، كان طويلاً بشكل استثنائي ، انه ذلك الذيل الذي اوقع نظارات ( بينوكلار ) بلا شك ) ص

استرعى انتباهي في هذه السطور رغم قِلّتها امتصاصها لروح الحدث وتلخيصها له و اشتمالها على الفعل وردات الفعل التي تراوحت بين الغائب المؤثر في سير الأحداث و الحاضر الحركي الديناميكي لذلك قررت العبور من خ
أن تكون السبب في تغير أحد ما ،، شعور مذهل وقاتل في الوقت نفسه

مذهل حينما ترى نتائج أفعالك وقد تبينت ملامحها في قسمات ذلك الشخص

عندما تراه يتبدل في كل شيء ،، ملبسه ،، لسانه ،، بل وثقافته

عندما تكسوه الحضارة والتعلم ،، بفضل سعيك المتواصل لإبرازه بهذا الشكل

وهذا ما تمناه صديقنا المتمرد (لو) ورفيق دربه صآحب الكمنجة في أن يحدث لأميرتهم "الخياطة الصغيرة"..!
تلك الفاتنة الصغيرة
من كانت عزائهم الوحيد في ذلك الاقليم المضجر !!


هذان الشابان ،، المنفيان من المدينة إلى أعالي الجبال

تم نفيهم لأنهم إبناء لطبق
رانيا الخليلي
بلزاك والخياطة الصينية الصغيرة، الرواية الأولى للكاتب الصيني ديه سيجي.
الرواية تشبه بسردها القصص التي ترويها عادة الجدات ، تلك القصص الرومانسية التي تعبق بالمخاطر والتي يحاول الحبيبين بمشقة تحقيقها.
لكن ما جعل هذه الرواية تتميز بطابع خاص نقلها من الحكاية إلى الرواية، كان تدخّل بلزاك وغيره من كتاب عصره لتحديد مصير قصة الحب هذه.

قد يتساءل من يقرأ العنوان عن شأن بلزاك في حياة خياطة صينية صغيرة. لكنتشف بأن الرابط هو الكبت الذي

أحكمته "الديكتاتورية البروليتارية" في حق شعبها ليس فقط من ناحية حرية العيش
Beautifully written story about youth during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
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A charming, brief novel set in China during the cultural revolution. Two teenage boys are sent to a peasant village for re-education because of what their parents do. They have the sort of adventures teenage boys have; with an edge because of their situation. They also discover western literature through another boy being re-educated. Balzac, Dumas, Flaubert, Gogol; all nineteenth century authors. They also discover teenage love and obsession. There is a feeling of closeness to the earth and the ...more
Wiebke (1book1review)
This was such a beautiful book. The writing is amazing, the story educated me about the re-education that took place in China after the Cultural Revolution, which I think is amazing in a novel that is all about education.

Reading and the things we learn from books and how important books are for our intellect and life in general is at the center of this novel. We see how the two main characters are longing for books and how they want to share the stories they read and also see on the big screen.
Skylar Burris
2.5 stars, really. I'm being generous. This was an easy (though hardly light) read. It was generally interesting, but I never grew to care deeply about the characters. The horror of the Cultural Revolution was not made especially real to me. The Little Seamstress herself was utterly underdeveloped. The dialogue was unrealistic: no one speaks in such a manner. There is an abrupt but brief shift in narration toward the end of the book, for no apparent reason; the fact that a particular event is to ...more
This was an enchanting book that kept me company over the weekend. Usually, I'm reminded of fiction when I read creative nonfiction, because of the fictive elements used to develop plot, so imagine my surprise when this fiction had the retrospective past narrative of creative nonfiction in some places. Like this line for instance: "This flood of emotion surprised me greatly at the time, and even today I remember it almost more clearly than the events that resulted from my encounter with the doct ...more
I'm not sure what i was expecting from this book, but i was disappointed by what i got. Not because it was a bad story, on the contrary, it just lacked the emotional aspect i thought it would/should have. 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?

I was hoping to feel their loss in their being separated f
Aya Fathy

رواية آسرة .. حدثت ألفة غريبة بيني وبين أبطالها وكنت لا أود أن أنهيها
وعندما فرغت منها أحسست بأني ودعت أصدقائي

ذلك المكان النئي لإعادة التأهيل و تلك المغامرة المتفردة في سرقة الروايات

أحببت تفاصيل الرواية بشدّة

وهي أول تجربة لي في الأدب الصيني

شعور هم بأن الكتب ممنوعة و القراءة شعور أشفق عليهم به وأغبطهم عليه
لأنه عندما يقع بين أيديهم أي كتاب فإن حجم المتعة به سيكون غير متناهي

What a wonderful story. It is my second time reading it, and it just got even better. It reminded me of a recent novel I read: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. Both books deal with the utter horrors of evil governments: the dictatorship of Trujillo in the Diaz novel and the excesses of Maoism in the Sijie novel. Sijie's story does it in a more subtle way. For example, when Luo goes to a "dentist," the wrong tooth is pulled out. That's because educated professionals were killed ...more
Fiona McCandless
I very much liked this book. I first watched the movie, and loved it so much I bought the DVD. When I found out it was based on a novel, I was quick to buy that too. The imagery in this book is beautiful. I had just returned home from asia before I read Chinese Seamstress, and had to literally put the book down for a few moments while I reminisced over the beauty of the rice fields and weather-battered people and houses that I came across in Malaysia. This book is so vivid, the scenes took my br ...more
Allie Whiteley
I don't know how autobiographical this novel is (the dates and fact of "re-education" fit) but it feels almost like a autobiography rather than a novel. It is wonderfully atmospheric and I love the descriptions of how the discovery of and exploration of the forbidden literature affects the people involved. Wonderful stuff and very much worth reading (especially if you like books about books). It is also a very quick read - this took me only a few hours to get through. Recommended.
Dai Sijie tiene una manera muy íntima y muy cercana de escribir, lo que hace que conectes con él en la primera página y que te dejes llevar hasta el final. Me ha transportado a la perfección a la China del presidente Mao en 1971 y me he sentido muy cerca de los protagonistas en todo momento.
Para mi ha sido una pequeña joya y un gusto enorme leer este libro.
Nojood Alsudairi
كثيرا ما كتب عن الرئيس الصيني ماو وأغلب ما كتب يصوره بشخص سادي مزعج. ولكن ألم يعيد الرئيس ماو للصين سيادتها واحترامها بغض النظر عن الأفكار الشيوعية التي تبناها؟
الكتاب كله يتحدث عن التغيير الجذري الذي يمكن أن تحدثه الثقافة في الأفراد. بالنسبة لي أحببت أكثر التغيير الذي أحدثه إعادة التأهيل على الشباب الصيني. أحيانا أتمنى إعادة تأهيل النشء الجديد في صحراؤنا الخصبة

اثنان من ضحايا الثورة الثقافية الماوية
بكل ماتحمله الجملة من معنى ومنفى

غير أن الرواية أوحت لي أن

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Dai Sijie was born in China in 1954. He grew up working in his fathers tailor shop. He himself became a skilled tailor. The Maoist government sent him to a reeducation camp in rural Sichuan from 1971 to 1974, during the Cultural Revolution. After his return, he was able to complete high school and university, where he studied art history.

In 1984, he left China for France on a scholarship. There, h
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