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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
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Jan 05, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: rory-gilmore-challenge
Recommended for: Anyone
Read from July 07 to 08, 2013 , read count: Once

I had no idea what re-education was, nor did I know that it actually took place in China in the '70s, but it is heartbreaking. Dai Sijie tells a wonderfully simple, tragic, and poignant tale of one young man's experiences during re-education (possibly auto-biographical). From his treks into the city to see picture shows and then retell them in the village, to his exposure to western literature and the circumstances the drastically change when he shares what he has learned, the author's story is beautifully told. My favorite part is the end where he says, "A woman's beauty is a treasure beyond price." Perfect!

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