Reviews for Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress : A Novel

Booklist Reviews 2003 June #1
Mao's Cultural Revolution drives two educated urban boys into a remote village to be "reeducated." Their encounters in the village lead them to a cache of Western books and to a young seamstress to whom they tell stories, both as a form of entertainment and to free themselves from the horror of the revolution. Filled with wry humor and sly political comments, the novel is subtly read by Wong. Through his inflection and tones, he expresses both the frustration and the humor of the boys' experiences. Adding further atmosphere, Wong ably captures the merging of East and West as the boys interpret the Western books. --Mary McCay Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews