But it is when the two discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation that their re-education takes its most surprising turn. While ingeniously concealing their forbidden treasure, the boys find transit to worlds they had thought lost forever. And after listening to their dangerously seductive retellings of Balzac, even the Little Seamstress will be forever transformed.
From within the hopelessness and terror of one of the darkest passages in human history, Dai Sijie has fashioned a beguiling and unexpected story about the resilience of the human spirit, the wonder of romantic awakening, and the magical power of storytelling.
©2001 Dai Sijie; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.
"An unexpected miracle - a delicate, and often hilarious, tale." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"A funny, touching, sly and altogether delightful novel...about the power of art to enlarge our imaginations." (Washington Post Book World)
"Poetic and affecting...riveting." (New York Times Book Review)
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the narrator was none other than one of my favourite characters from 'Law and Order - SVU'; Dr Wong. The narration of this story was clear, impelling and full of energy as BD Wong gave life to each of the characters in this story. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is a lovely tale, despite being set in the harsh world of the Chinese revolution and re-education of the bourgoise. The characters are witty and endearing and have inspired me to read a number of other classic tales (including the Count of Monte Cristo!). Whilst I wish I could have learnt more about the characters at the story's end, I was not disappointed and enjoyed every minute of this audiobook.
I am a voracious reader and long-time Audible member (2006). My favorite narrators are Simon Vance and Davina Porter.
The characters in this story were excellent and the word-painting of the author did a great job bringing images to my mind.
This book made a perfect audiobook. We listened to it while painting one weekend. Colorful story and great narration. It's not going to end up as required college reading, but nevertheless opens people up to a world about which most of us are completely clueless.
I would think that teenagers could relate to this book -- and get a feel for what it would be like if all books were banned. Maybe it could help light the lamp of learning.
It was an interesting story in that it takes place during the Cultural Revolution and I’ve not read a lot of fiction set during that harrowing time. I also appreciated the main characters’ love of words and literature and found this theme enchanting. I liked how it showcased the power of books to heal and change people for the better. That said, although the book kept my attention, I’m pretty lukewarm on it overall mostly because I felt there was little closure to running themes and the ending was uneventful and sudden.
The narration was quicker than other audiobooks I've listened to, which I really appreciated. But I felt like some sentences were spoken unclearly and had to rewind multiple times to hear what was said.
some words weren't clear for me
it seems to be a simple story but the way the author describes the emotions and the background circunstancies are very rich.
It seemed everyone worked and finally it was all for naught.
yes if it seemed to interest me. This was one of my first purchases and I did not review it very well.
Sorry it was just not my kind of book but was well done for what it was.
The wonderful narration as well as the flow of the story made the book the most enjoyable audio book i own.
I woud have to say the narrator, as he was realistic, down to earth, and in touch with the situation without being -in- it. It made the book realistic, as well as pleasurable. It avoided the dreaded "me me me" aspect that so many fiction books have today.
Luo, as the satirical tone carried through very well.
Yes, I cried.
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