Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

I hope by now you’ve had a chance to read Dai Sijie’s Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, or at least get most of the way through the book. What are your impressions so far?

How does Sijie balance the seriousness of China’s Cultural Revolution while maintaining a lighter hand in the narrative?

How come the narrator talks of the characters and not the books themselves when Luo sets them aflame?

What parallels are there between the re-education of the narrator and Luo and Luo’s efforts to educate the Little Chinese Seamstress? Are there any parallels in the results?


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