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Book 57 Completed

September 17, 2010

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress was a good little book. And I do mean little — this novella is a quick read. While the book is not earth shatteringly amazing, it’s not boring or poorly written either. I liked the unnamed narrator and Luo — I found their friendship believable and touching.

The ending was a surprise for me — but I liked it…a lot. The message, for a book lover, resonated with me: Books have the power to free you from your world — books can change lives. I love what Dai Sijie says about human nature and love. There’s a lot to explore underneath the surface too. Don’t you love that? A book with layers?

My only question: In the middle of the book, the author switches perspectives temporarily, allowing us a glimpse into one particular scene from Luo, the Little Seamstress, and the Miller’s voices. But it was the only time in the book we deviated from our narrator and I found this jaunt distracting and gimmicky (especially since it was a one-time technique).

Korea next! Hopefully I found a gem. I can’t wait until the weather gets officially colder and I can start building fires and reading all cuddled up with a warm fire and fuzzy blankets and apple cider. That’s absolutely the best.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. JoV permalink
    September 17, 2010 1:08 pm

    A vote of confidence from you on this one.

    Warm fire and fuzzy blankets and apple cider. What better way to look forward to winter!

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