Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Audiobook CD - 2002
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At the height of Mao's Cultural Revolution, two teenage boys are among thousands exiled to the countryside for "re-education." The narrator and his best friend find themselves in a remote village where their only distractions are a violin and the beautiful daughter of the local tailor. But it is when they discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation that their re-education takes its most surprising turn.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio, c2002
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780739301012
Characteristics: 4 sound discs (ca. 4.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Wong, B. D.


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Apr 26, 2014

'Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress' is a story of two young men sent from city to the Chinese countryside for 're-education' by Red Guards during Mao's infamous Cultural Revolution as their intellectual activities and foreign influences are perceived to be a threat to the communist regime. In their exile, they perform menial work and live in squalor however life is not too hard on them as they find repose in the stunningly beautiful surroundings of the Phoenix Mountain and take delight in teaching French literature to a local lass simply known as the little seamstress while trying to win her favours. The magic of books delivers a sense of freedom to the little seamstress as well as her grandfather in ways they had never thought possible.

samdog123 Apr 01, 2011

A surprisingly charming book based on the re-educaton of 2 young chinese men during Mao years. The exuberance of youth cannot be contained and the young men find ways to bring some happiness and a sense of mischief into the drudgery of village life. When they discover a cache of secret books, the influence of these western writers changes their lives forever.

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