- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group; First American Edition edition (1 Sept. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 037541309X
- ISBN-13: 978-0375413094
- Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 2.6 x 19.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 992,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Hardcover – 1 Sep 2001
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About the Author
Born in China in 1954, Dai Sijie is a filmmaker who was himself re-educated between 1971 and 1974.
He left China in 1984 for France, where he has lived and worked ever since. This, his first novel, was an overnight sensation when it appeared in France in 2000, becoming an immediate best-seller and winning five prizes. Rights to the novel have been sold in nineteen countries, and it is soon to be made into a film.
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They got into all sorts of tricky situations, and got themselves out of them, all part of growing up in spite of their restrictive environment. The last two chapters were a bit disconnected with the rest, but not disturbingly so. I enjoyed the writing style as well, the descriptions of the various characters were very well detailed. The ending left me a bit up in the air, wondering about their futures, but also trying to understand if this was a message. All in all, I would recommend it and I would re-read it.
Central to the theme is the two youths facination with the writings of Balsac and how discovering them changes thier lives and there perceptions of the world they live in. It has an almost limerick (as in the poem) like sense of compactness and humour and has as all good limericks do a moral to the story.
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