Annotations for Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress


Baker & Taylor
At the height of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, two young boys are sent to the country for "reeducation" at a remote mountain village, where their lives take an unexpected turn when they meet the beautiful daughter of a local tailor and stumble upon a forbidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translations. A first novel. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 125,000 first printing.

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Baker & Taylor
During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, two boys are sent to the country for reeducation, where their lives take an unexpected turn when they meet the beautiful daughter of a local tailor and stumble upon a forbidden stash of Western literature.

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Random House, Inc.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is an enchanting tale that captures the magic of reading and the wonder of romantic awakening. An immediate international bestseller, it tells the story of two hapless city boys exiled to a remote mountain village for re-education during China's infamous Cultural Revolution. There the two friends 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, the two friends find transit from their grim surroundings to worlds they never imagined.

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Random House, Inc.
NATIONAL BESTSELLER "An unexpected miracle--a delicate, and often hilarious tale." --LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW The introduction, discussion questions, suggested reading list, and author biography that follow are designed to enhance your group's reading of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress , Dai Sijie's poignant tale of love, literature, and reeducation in the harsh world of Chairman Mao's China.

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