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The stories and authors that the teenagers read have little bearing on the plot–it chima like the author is name-dropping, rather than actually showing the impact ,a these specific texts can have.

For instance, at one point during the story the narrator works in a coal mine, and he mentions that this brief job would xhina many long-lasting ill effects, but he doesn’t say what these are. Published June 28th by Salamandra first published It recounts the story of a pair of friends who become good friends with a local seamstress chinna spending time in a countryside village, where they have been sent for ‘re-education’ during the Cultural Revolution see Down to the Countryside Movement.

After his return, he was able to complete high school and university, where he studied art history. There is not even enough information for readers to fill in the gaps on their own. The story is told from the perspective of one of the boys, Ma, and is about his relationship with his friend Luo and their preoccupation with a young seamstress in a nearby village.

Return to Book Page. I wasn’t sorry about it, just surprised, like “oh, really, that’s it?


Unfortunately, it also left many scenes unresolved and without explanation of the point the author was trying to make. First off, the characters are wooden, and hard to identify with. The chinx is cute and had a lot of unfulfilled potential, but I still enjoyed reading it despite its flaws.

However there are many flaws with this story that are hard to overlook. China, My Sorrow original title: Ho trovato i personaggi freddi, nessuna empatia con loro, non sono riuscita ad affezionarmi. Paperbackpages.

The narrator on the other hand, keeping his distance out of respect for his best friend’s relationship with the seamstress, loves her for who she is. Also, since it is set in China during the late s and early 70s’ “re-education” that occurred under Chairman Mao, it has shown me a particular aspect of history that I had never before known.

Balzac y La Joven Costurera China

Quotes from Balzac y la joven He has also created Ma and Lou as the means for books to reach the seamstress, and having done so, cared for them costuerra longer, and if the reader has gotten invested, too bad. See all 9 questions about Balzac y la joven costurera china….

I loved the premise. The story is sweet, easy on the coosturera, with a quick look at the gruesome life someone who goes through re-education has to face.

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It retold an old tale without bringing much that was new to the story. It’s the time of Mao’s infamous Cultural Revolution and the two boys are guilty of being sons of doctors. View all 4 comments. There is so much potential chinaa this novella, that it is incredibly frustrating to see it ultimately fail.


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The ending – the final metaphor – was very good and, actually, disturbing. Probably a little of all of these. E’ la storia di due giovani ragazzi che leggono di nascosto alcuni libri che sono stati proibiti dal regime di Mao, tra cui Balzac, appunto, Dumas, e molti altri.

A quick read for the story, but ultimately sort of empty. There, he acquired a passion for movies and became a director.

Balzac y la joven costurera china

All chia can conclude with is that the story was lacking in emotion and at some times pointless. It recounts the travels of a Chinese man whose philosophy has been influenced by French psychoanalyst bazlac. When Luo and his friend discover a hidden box full of forbidden books in Chinese translation, their re-education takes a new turn. I expected something good, something profound in such a short story.

Jiven my full review here: But now that I have given it some thought, this story was never about the two b Sometimes a story has such an unsatisfying ending that I would rather have not read it at all. It’s a cheerful enough story, given the subject matter, and apart from some yucky details of the village life, there is nothing tragic or revolting about the life of the protagonists.

Only a short story, not bad but not exciting either. However, I disapprove of abandoning characters after they have outlived their uses.