[Read] ➯ Balzac et la Petite Tailleuse chinoise By Dai Sijie – Rvtrek.info

Set during the early 1970 s, when Mao sent the intellectuals to the provinces to be re educated to life as peasants, two young men are assigned to a small, remote village One plays a violin The other has a gift for telling stories They endure the labors assigned by the opium growers who rule the area, and are desperate for any sort of intellectual stimulation The local chief assigns them to travel two days to the nearest town in which films are shown, then report back to the town the entirety of the films There is another reclamation project in the town, Four Eyes He has a hidden trove of books, and when they do him a service he allows them to borrow a novel by Balzac This is manna from heaven for them and they plan how they might acquire books from Four Eyes The Little Seamstress of the title is a beautiful young woman, who becomes lover to one of the young men both are in their late teens She is the uneducated daughter of a local tailor, a man of some status in this area They share their tale of Balzac with her Other characters enter the picture, a lice ridden hermit, Four Eyes mother, and the town leader Spoiler alert here do not read further if you want to learn plot details for yourself.Little Seamstress becomes pregnant While the responsible boy is away on town business the friend takes her to the nearest town to help her get an abortion He would like nothing than to woo her for himself, but, ultimately, his kindness goes unrewarded, as, having gotten a sense, even Sweet charming story with a fable quality The story revolves around a part of history that I feel somewhat ignorant about, the story takes place during the Chinese cultural revolution a time in history where communism was a means to suppress and take away individuality Life is controlled under the regime of Mao Zedong chairman of the Chinese communist party and restrictions take place, where revolutionary literature is forbidden and higher learning is discouraged, a time when boys where taken away from their towns and then placed into primitive little villages with the sole purpose of reeducation The main characters the two boys in this book find a surprising escape from their harsh daily activities when they stumble upon a suitcase full of forbidden works of western fiction and their whole world suddenly opens up I love the simplicity of this story and the qui 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 I think that the problem is that this book gives great argument against the very thing that it lauds, only it does not seem to realize it It is a book so enraptured in its cute story, its nice little package, that it fails to truly consider what it is saying Alas, the ending is something of a disappointment that tempers the enthusiastic praise I can otherwise heap on it Don t expect much from this little book, despite its great efforts to convince you there is something to expect, . In This Enchanting Tale About The Magic Of Reading And The Wonder Of Romantic Awakening, Two Hapless City Boys Are Exiled To A Remote Mountain Village For Reeducation During China S Infamous Cultural Revolution There They Meet The Daughter Of The Local Tailor And Discover A Hidden Stash Of Western Classics In Chinese Translation As They Flirt With The Seamstress And Secretly Devour These Banned Works, They Find Transit From Their Grim Surroundings To Worlds They Never Imagined. 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 are sent to the countryside for their re education however, I get the feeling that none of this could actually have happened during the Cultural Revolution, which presents an interesting dilemma and calls the entire book into question The Revolution, the Communist Party and their respective trappings are sometimes present, but often conspicuously absent from the story, giving the characters a convenient freedom when it is needed and the story a sort of lamely suspenseful tone when things seem to be lagging a bit In the end, it seems like the Cultural Revolution and the re education process are just sort of there to make the story interesting, in spite of the seminal role that they should be playing in the text One gets the impression that perhaps Sijie took on a bit too much.The characters and story are also woefully underdeveloped I read the book over the course of one day in part because it was a quick read that kept me vaguely interested, but also because . 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 replaced with doctrines and laws and philosophies that you not only don t believe, but know are to be untrue In time, you have to make some difficult decisions Accept this new way of life and re enter society, or remain the stalwart believer and remain in this place indefinitely.I would like to think that I would remain the believer, dreaming of what I once had BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS has a similar backdrop The story is about Luo and an unnamed narrator who have been relocated to Phoenix Mountain where they are to be re educated The proletariat has deemed their parents as class enemies While performing meaningless manual labor upon the mountain, t 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 oppre 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 having to flip back to figure out if I missed something I didn t The story is told from the perspective of one of the boys, Ma, and is about his relationship with his friend Luo and their preoccupation with a young seamstress in a nearby village Luo decides that the seamstress is too uncultured and uneducated for him and he is determined to educate her and make her sophisticated so that they can be together In the end, the plan works but she ends up becoming too cultured for him and longs for the life of the city I don t ever feel anything for these people One of my biggest pet peeves is when male authors create two dimensional female characters, i.e the little seamstress She actually could have been a lot interesting had the author bothered to exert himself with her development Which I guess makes me reali Balzac et la Petite Tailleuse chinoise


About the Author: Dai Sijie

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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