Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
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By Dai Sijie

fiction | 176 pages | Published in 2019

1971: Mao's cultural Revolution is at its peak. Two sons of doctors, sent to 're-education' camps, forced to carry buckets of excrement up and down mountain paths, have only their sense of humour to keep them going. Although the attractive daughter of the local tailor also helps to distract them from the task at hand. The boys' true re-education starts, however, when they discover a hidden suitcase packed with the great Western novels of the nineteenth century. Their lives are transformed. And not only their lives: after listening to the stories of Balzac, the little seamstress will never be the same again.

ISBN_13:9781448163106
ISBN_10:1448163102

Quotes

I realized that before, when I was still a long way off, when I looked up, I had only seen the water lilies floating on the surface, so pure, so poetic. I never thought that beneath the water there could be beasts with devouring jaws.

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Those who do not mock love will never have enough power to live. To love is to have fire in the heart.

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People can dominate each other without having anything to say.

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Who knows what her nipples were like? I can tell you one thing: her breast were magnificent.

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The girl smiled at us, neither frightened nor surprised. She smiled as if we were two human beings.

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Books should be so much more than school or teacher or poetry. Books should be like a certain magical potion that possesses a magic spell to trap you inside a story.

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The magic of memory is that it is every bit as malleable as dreams. The difference is that memory can control you.

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As far as I was concerned, Foggle [the dog] was a cooking pot on four legs.

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Great blessings are indivisible. Once a blessing has been divided into little pieces, it is no longer a blessing...

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People's opinion may not be worth all that much, but they are theirs and I respect them.

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