Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie - Penguin Books AustraliaHere is one of those rare novels, so captivatingly original, so absurdly funny, surprising and moving, that it crosses all boundaries. In Mao's campaign against the intellectuals is at its height. Our narrator and his best friend, Luo, distinctly unintellectual but guilty of being the sons of doctors, have been sent to a remote mountain village to be 'reeducated'. The kind of education that takes place among the peasants of Phoenix Mountain involves carting buckets of excrement up and down precipitous, foggy paths, but the two seventeen- year-olds have a violin and their sense of humour to keep them going. Further distraction is provided by the attractive daughter of the local tailor, possessor of a particularly fine pair of feet.
BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS
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Rate this book. Buy This Book. The village headman, a man of about fifty, sat cross-legged in the centre of the room, close to the coals burning in a hearth that was hollowed out of the floor; he was inspecting my violin. Among the possessions brought to this mountain village by the two "city youths"--which was how they saw Luo and me--it was the sole item that exuded an air of foreignness, of civilisation, and therefore aroused suspicion. One of the peasants came forward with an oil lamp to facilitate identification of the strange object.
Reading Guide. Oct 29, Minutes Buy. Oct 29, ISBN Oct 29, Minutes. There the two friends meet the daughter of the local tailor and discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation.