Monday, May 4, 2009

TUESDAY DEC. 8TH --University Book Club December Selection -- Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie, as its reading for the University Book Club's December meeting. The group will next meet on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 6:45 pm in Baron-Forness Library room 715. Refreshments will be served.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, translated from the original French (the book was a bestseller in France) is a tale centered on, of all things, the Cultural Revolution of China's Chairman Mao Zedong. Anyone who takes for granted the freedom from government that Western cultures enjoy would do well to read this book. But this wonderful novel (novella really) is not about politics,except in a cursory way; nor is it a treatise on the evils of China during the reign of Chairman Mao. It is, instead, a gentle, wise and humorous tale of two teenaged friends, young boys, and of a young teenaged girl, the seamstress of the title, whose striking beauty charms them both.

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