Leila's Reviews > Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
1436548
's review
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!
flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

07/09/2013 marked as: read

No comments have been added yet.