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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Unabridged), by Dai Sijie
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.81 (23,991 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dai Sijie Narrator: B.D. Wong Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Audio Length: Release Date:
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At the height of Mao's infamous Cultural Revolution, two boys are among hundreds of thousands exiled to the countryside for re-education. The narrator and his best friend, Luo, guilty of being the sons of doctors, find themselves in a remote village where, among the peasants of the Phoenix mountains, they are made to cart buckets of excrement up and down the precipitous winding paths. Their meager distractions include a violin - and, before long, the beautiful daughter of the local tailor.

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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Sally Monaghan | 2/5/2014

    " Really interesting book about a time and place I know nothing about. In China in the 1970s, two young men from educated families sent by the government to the country for "re-education." Although books are banned, the men find a hidden stash of books. Not only did this book provide a very vivid description of China at that time, it also demonstrates the power of learning and literacy to change lives. It was a really great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Dan Piette | 1/21/2014

    " China in 1967 and the consequences of literature "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Nicole Ristine | 1/19/2014

    " I thought this book was boring. There was no character and story development. It lacked emotion. It did have some good irony at the end, but only enough to make it 2 stars instead of 1, not enough to salvage it. The author hints about exciting things that might happen but never do. It felt empty and unfinished. It's sad because It could have been a great book, it had such potential. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Brian Derbes | 1/13/2014

    " Beautiful little story. "

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