Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie audiobook

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

By Dai Sijie
Read by B. D. Wong

Random House Audio 9780375413094
4.41 Hours 1
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An enchanting literary debut—already an international best-seller. At the height of Mao’s infamous Cultural Revolution, two boys are among hundreds of thousands exiled to the countryside for “re-education.” The narrator and his best friend, Luo, guilty of being the sons of doctors, find themselves in a remote village where, among the peasants of Phoenix mountain, they are made to cart buckets of excrement up and down precipitous winding paths. Their meager distractions include a violin—as well as, before long, the beautiful daughter of the local tailor. But it is when the two discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation that their re-education takes its most surprising turn. While ingeniously concealing their forbidden treasure, the boys find transit to worlds they had thought lost forever. And after listening to their dangerously seductive retellings of Balzac, even the Little Seamstress will be forever transformed. From within the hopelessness and terror of one of the darkest passages in human history, Dai Sijie has fashioned a beguiling and unexpected story about the resilience of the human spirit, the wonder of romantic awakening and the magical power of storytelling.

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Summary

Summary

An enchanting literary debut—already an international best-seller. At the height of Mao’s infamous Cultural Revolution, two boys are among hundreds of thousands exiled to the countryside for “re-education.” The narrator and his best friend, Luo, guilty of being the sons of doctors, find themselves in a remote village where, among the peasants of Phoenix mountain, they are made to cart buckets of excrement up and down precipitous winding paths. Their meager distractions include a violin—as well as, before long, the beautiful daughter of the local tailor. But it is when the two discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation that their re-education takes its most surprising turn. While ingeniously concealing their forbidden treasure, the boys find transit to worlds they had thought lost forever. And after listening to their dangerously seductive retellings of Balzac, even the Little Seamstress will be forever transformed. From within the hopelessness and terror of one of the darkest passages in human history, Dai Sijie has fashioned a beguiling and unexpected story about the resilience of the human spirit, the wonder of romantic awakening and the magical power of storytelling.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Poetic and affecting…The descriptions of life in this strangest of times and places are so riveting that the reader longs for more.” New York Times Book Review
“An unexpected miracle—a delicate, and often hilarious, tale.” Los Angeles Times Book Review
“A funny, touching, sly and altogether delightful novel.” Washington Post Book World
“[A] thrilling and…truly great work…[A] richly complex fable.” San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
“A wonderful novel…formed by detailed layering and exquisite craftsmanship, like a beautifully tailored garment.” Chicago Tribune
“Poignant, humorous, and romantic.” New York Times
“Seduces readers into its world…[A] very wise little story of love and illusion.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“Gives the rest of the world a glimpse into that dark place where the human spirit continues, against all odds, to shine its light.” Boston Globe

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Author Bio: Dai Sijie

Author Bio: Dai Sijie

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 4.41
Audience: Adult
Language: English