Summary Of Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress

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Dai Sijie’s book “Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress” is a novel about the life story and adventures of a boy (Narrator) and his friend Luo. They are being re-educated in a mountain village in China. Once in awhile, when they would have a day off of working in the fields/mines, they would leave their village to visit either the Little Seamstress (Luo’s girlfriend) or their friend Four Eyes. One day, Narrator and Luo went to Four Eyes’s house and discovered that he had a mysterious suitcase hidden under his bed; they found out that there were books inside, and books were banned in China at the time. They asked if they could borrow a few, but at first, Four Eyes was hesitant to let them borrow any of his books. Later in the novel, Four…show more content…
It also emphasizes Narrator’s bravery and courage because crossing this path isn’t something he would normally do or want to do. He thinks of the path as a bridge from re-education to individualism. As he started to walk across the path, he looked back over his shoulder at Luo, and he could see his “silhouette swaying gently, like a tree in the wind”, yet he continued to advance with the “slow, faltering steps of a tightrope walker”. Narrator chooses to be extra careful and precise so he doesn’t lose his balance as he slowly makes his way across the path. He doesn’t want to turn back “toward re-education”, yet he doesn’t want to “fall”, or not make it to the other side of the path, where his “dream of individualism” lies.

The path Narrator is attempting to cross feels risky and unsafe to him, but somehow, he finds the perseverance to keep moving forward and making progress. He was stuck in the middle of the ridge when he had a sudden thought about what his “good friend Jean-Christophe” would say to him; with an “imperious wave of his conductor’s baton”, he would tell Narrator which way to go so that he, also, could take “free individual action against the whole world as he had”. These comparisons and thoughts are references to the books he read, and Jean-Christophe’ beliefs inspired Narrator’s dreams, which helped him gain the self-confidence and perseverance to keep going across the path, toward individualism. Halfway across the path, he was “filled
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