Plot summary[ edit ] The novel, written by Dai Sijie, is about two teenage boys during the Chinese Cultural RevolutionLuo, described as having "a genius for storytelling",  and the unnamed narrator, "a fine musician". Active Themes Several days later, the tailor arrives in the village.
He offers the gynecologist a novel by Balzac in exchange for the abortion. As Ma meets up with his old friend Luo in Shanghai, the latter confesses an earlier failed attempt to search for the Little Seamstress in Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
The female patients yell at the narrator and he spends two days trying unsuccessfully to learn how to procure an abortion. The narrator explains that he and Luo are considered intellectuals by the government and, because of this, they have been sent to the mountain to undergo re-education by the poor peasants.
The narrator envisions himself as a "secret agent" and he mostly enjoys the task. The result was modern and stylish, and Luo decided that reading to her had paid off.
He takes revenge on the headman by making the treadle go as slowly as possible. Luo, the narrator, and the Little Seamstress go to Yong Jing to see a film. Full study guide for this title currently under development.
Then Luo narrates, saying he taught the Little Seamstress how to dive, and how she loved to dive for his key ring.
The Miller narrates one part of the novel and provides songs to the boys, who then relate them to Four-Eyes. While at first Four-Eyes refuses to even acknowledge that the books exist, after losing his glasses, the boys come up with a plan to help him with his duties in exchange for access to the treasures.
One day, a young girl, granddaughter of a tailor from the neighbouring village and known to everyone as the Little Seamstress Zhou Xuncomes by with her grandfather to listen to Ma play violin. He asks Luo to repair his bad tooth, since his father is a dentist, but Luo refuses.
Though the tailor offers pleasantries to the headman, the headman ignores them and instructs the narrator to come with him to the Public Security Office. Luo and the narrator disguise themselves as soldiers and visit the miller. However, his efforts are futile and he brings back only a video recording of the village and the people, including the now aged Chief.
The headman agrees, and the narrator works the treadle. As night falls, men come to join the crowd of women at the house, and the gathering becomes boisterous. Luo and the narrator meet Four-Eyes, the son of a poet, who is also being re-educated.
He ends up leaving the mountain when his mother convinces the government to end his re-education early and gets Four-Eyes a job at a newspaper. When Four-Eyes and his mother leave, Luo grabs the suitcase and they run away with it. The girl, illiterate but hungry for knowledge, and the boys, vowing to transform her, devise a plan to steal a suitcase filled with banned translated Western novels from Four-Eyes Wang Hongweianother boy undergoing re-education in the village but bound to return to the city.
Through this experience, he gains a slight air of sophistication, and the story begins to influence the clothes that he makes. Four-Eyes never reports his missing books.
The narrator believes that Luo is trying to shape his own future by not telling the story himself. She later confides to Ma that she is pregnant, but population-curbing laws forbid marriage before 25 and abortion is illegal without a marriage certificate. The novel won five French literary prizes.
One day, however, the Little Seamstress, now completely changed by the new ideas Luo and Ma have introduced her to, abruptly decides to leave the village to seek out "a new life," despite pleas from her grandfather and Luo.
He deliberates over the first line, which provides the date and settingMarseilles. With the village headman away for a month-long party conference in Yong Jing and the contents of contraband suitcase firmly in their grasp after having stolen it from Four-Eyes, the boys are able to spend a leisurely expanse of time shirking their duties and reading.
The Miller is an old man who lives alone and is a repository of local folk songs. Cite This Page Choose citation style: The tailor finally allows the narrator to stop close to dawn, and the tailor pays the headman so that he, the narrator, and Luo can get some sleep.
She eventually leaves the mountain and everything that she has known without saying goodbye, to start a new life in the city. The narrator and Luo are sent to work in the extremely dangerous coal mine for two months.
The narrator catches a glimpse of the gynecologist and follows the doctor into an exam room. They hear Four-Eyes and the poetess returning to the house and hide under the beds. However, since the revolutionary society does not permit having children out of wedlock, and she and Luo are too young, the narrator must set up a secret abortion for her.
Despite appeals for her to change her mind, she is unmoved and firm in her decision.SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie.
Set against the backdrop of the Chinese Cultural Revolution [ ]. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is an enchanting tale that captures the magic of reading and the wonder of romantic awakening.
An immediate international bestseller, it tells the story of two hapless city boys exiled to a remote mountain village for re-education /5(). The Cultural Revolution of Chairman Mao Zedong altered Chinese history in the s and '70s, forcibly sending hundreds of thousands of Chinese intellectuals to peasant villages for "re-edu.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Dai Sijie's first novel, was published in Although Dai is a Chinese national, he wrote the novel in French, his second language.
The story follows two 'city youths' who are sent to a mountain village to be 're-educated' during China's Cultural. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is a harshly realistic novel, in which the two main characters are forced to work in a coal mine and to carry buckets of. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress has 47, ratings and 3, reviews.
Jim said: Two urban Chinese boys, 17 and 18 when the story starts, are sen /5.Download