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    Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

    • MyStyle

      DaiSiJie author, of many 'forbidden' China romance/ novel. Some are about lesbians. This is a great novel about two boys yanked from their lives at a University in big-city China and forced to work hard labor in rural fields as part of Mao's "re-education" during the "Cultural Revolution." An in-depth look at the dangers of thinking for oneself.

    • Sandra Ing

      Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - Novel based on the authors experiences during the Cultural Revolution in China

    • Arsenio & Lourraine Co

      For a novel about China's forced labor re-education camps, try Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie:

    • Denise

      A past book club title: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie. Not worth the time.... :(

    • Rebecca Kuhn

      Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie; A coming-of-age story set during the Cultural Revolution

    • Anita Visvanath

      26 down, 975 to go! Off the list 'Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress' by Dai Sijie. An absolutely delightful read, Di Sijie takes us through the adventures of two teenaged boys who are sent off to the mountains during the entire re-education phase of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Here, the boys discover the value of freedom, education and books, fall in love, learn the power of friendship and stay sane by the power of storytelling. An absolute must-read!

    • Palo Alto City Library

      A past book club title: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie.

    • Amber Wier

      Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, looks like something worth reading

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