Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Author: Sijie Dai
Publsiher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
Total Pages: 197
Release: 2001
ISBN 10: 037541309X
ISBN 13: 9780375413094
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Book Review:

During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, two boys are sent to the country for reeducation, where their lives take an unexpected turn when they meet the beautiful daughter of a local tailor and stumble upon a forbidden stash of Western literature.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie Book Analysis

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie  Book Analysis
Author: Bright Summaries
Publsiher: BrightSummaries.com
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2016-02-26
ISBN 10: 2806270561
ISBN 13: 9782806270566
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie Book Analysis Book Review:

Unlock the more straightforward side of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie, a moving account of how two young Chinese men discover love and Western literature after the Communist regime sends them to a remote mountain village to be reeducated. As well as offering piercing social commentary on the realities of state oppression, this is a coming-of-age novel with a timeless, heartfelt message about love, friendship and the power of literature. Dai Sijie is an award-winning writer and filmmaker of Chinese birth, who has lived and worked in France since 1984. Find out everything you need to know about Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you in your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

Mr Muo s Travelling Couch

Mr  Muo s Travelling Couch
Author: Dai Sijie
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 287
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 1400077141
ISBN 13: 9781400077144
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mr Muo s Travelling Couch Book Review:

After years of studying Freud in Paris, Mr. Muo returns home to bring the benefits of psychoanalysis to twenty-first-century China and to somehow free his college sweetheart, now a political prisoner, a quest that leads him to the sadistic local magistrate, Judge Di, who demands a virgin maiden in exchange for clemency. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

A Study Guide for Dai Sijie s Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

A Study Guide for Dai Sijie s  Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Publsiher: Gale, Cengage Learning
Total Pages: 20
Release: 2016-06-29
ISBN 10: 1410340872
ISBN 13: 9781410340870
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Study Guide for Dai Sijie s Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Book Review:

A Study Guide for Dai Sijie's "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Once on a Moonless Night

Once on a Moonless Night
Author: Dai Sijie
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2009-08-11
ISBN 10: 0307272036
ISBN 13: 9780307272034
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Once on a Moonless Night Book Review:

A precious scroll inscribed with a lost Buddhist sutra—once owned by Pu Yi, the last emperor of China—is illicitly sold to an eccentric French linguist, Paul d’Ampere, who is imprisoned as a result. In jail, he devotes himself to studying its ancient text. A young Western scholar in China hears this account from the grocer Toomchooq, whose name mysteriously connects him to the document. She falls in love with both teller and tale, but when d’Ampere is killed in prison, Toomchooq disappears, and she, pregnant with his child, embarks on a search for her lost love and the scroll that begins, “Once on a moonless night . . .”

Ursule Mirou t

Ursule Mirou  t
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 222
Release: 1893
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: HARVARD:32044102876976
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ursule Mirou t Book Review:

Serve the People

Serve the People
Author: Yan Lianke
Publsiher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Total Pages: 225
Release: 2008-03-18
ISBN 10: 9781555848880
ISBN 13: 1555848885
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Serve the People Book Review:

A satirical novel set in 1967 China from the Franz Kafka Prize-winning author of Lenin’s Kiss—“one of China’s greatest living authors” (The Guardian). Serve the People! is the story of a forbidden love affair between Liu Lian, the young wife of a Division Commander in Communist China, and a servant in her household, Wu Dawang. Left to idle at home while her husband furthers the revolution, Liu Lian establishes a rule for her orderly: whenever the household’s wooden Serve the People! sign is removed from its usual place on the dinner table and placed elsewhere, Wu Dawang is to stop what he is doing and attend to her needs upstairs. What follows is a “steamy and subversive” story and comic satire on Mao’s slogan and the political and sexual taboos of his regime (The Guardian). Originally banned in China, Serve the People! is the first work from Yan Lianke to be translated into English, and “a scathing sendup of life in 1960s China during the chaos of the country’s Cultural Revolution” (LA Times).

Contemporary Sino French Cinemas

Contemporary Sino French Cinemas
Author: Michelle E. Bloom
Publsiher: University of Hawaii Press
Total Pages: 284
Release: 2017-11-30
ISBN 10: 0824875117
ISBN 13: 9780824875114
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Contemporary Sino French Cinemas Book Review:

Transnational cinemas are eclipsing national cinemas in the contemporary world, and Sino-French films exemplify this phenomenon through the cinematic coupling of the Sinophone and the Francophone, linking France not just with the Chinese mainland but also with the rest of the Chinese-speaking world. Sinophone directors most often reach out to French cinema by referencing and adapting it. They set their films in Paris and metropolitan France, cast French actors, and sometimes use French dialogue, even when the directors themselves don't understand it. They tend to view France as mysterious, sexy, and sophisticated, just as the French see China and Taiwan as exotic. As Michelle E. Bloom makes clear, many films move past a simplistic opposition between East and West and beyond Orientalist and Occidentalist cross-cultural interplay. Bloom focuses on films that have appeared since 2000 such as Tsai Ming-liang's What Time Is It There? , Hou Hsiao-hsien's Flight of the Red Balloon, and Dai Sijie's Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. She views the work of these well-known directors through a Sino-French optic, applying the tropes of métissage (or biraciality), intertextuality, adaptation and remake, translation, and imitation to shed new light on their work. She also calls attention to important, lesser studied films: Taiwanese director Cheng Yu-chieh's Yang Yang, which depicts the up-and-coming Taiwanese star Sandrine Pinna as a mixed race beauty; and Emily Tang Xiaobai's debut film Conjugation, which contrasts Paris and post-Tiananmen Square Beijing, the one an incarnation of liberty, the other a place of entrapment. Bloom's insightful analysis also probes what such films reveal about their Taiwanese and Chinese creators. Scholars have long studied Sino-French literature, but this inaugural full-length work on Sino-French cinema maps uncharted territory, offering a paradigm for understanding other cross-cultural interminglings and tools to study transnational cinema and world cinema. The Sino-French, rich and multifaceted, linguistically, culturally, and ethnically, constitutes an important part of film studies, Francophone studies, Sinophone studies and myriad other fields. This is a must-read for students, scholars, and lovers of film.

An Atlas of Impossible Longing

An Atlas of Impossible Longing
Author: Anuradha Roy
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2011-04-05
ISBN 10: 9781451609202
ISBN 13: 1451609205
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Atlas of Impossible Longing Book Review:

“This is why we read fiction at all” raves the Washington Post: Family life meets historical romance in this critically acclaimed, “gorgeous, sweeping novel” (Ms Magazine) about two people who find each other when abandoned by everyone else, marking the signal American debut of an award-winning writer who richly deserves her international acclaim. On the outskirts of a small town in Bengal, a family lives in solitude in their vast new house. Here, lives intertwine and unravel. A widower struggles with his love for an unmarried cousin. Bakul, a motherless daughter, runs wild with Mukunda, an orphan of unknown caste adopted by the family. Confined in a room at the top of the house, a matriarch goes slowly mad; her husband searches for its cause as he shapes and reshapes his garden. As Mukunda and Bakul grow, their intense closeness matures into something else, and Mukunda is banished to Calcutta. He prospers in the turbulent years after Partition, but his thoughts stay with his home, with Bakul, with all that he has lost—and he knows that he must return.

Chinese Ecocinema

Chinese Ecocinema
Author: Sheldon H. Lu,Jiayan Mi
Publsiher: Hong Kong University Press
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2009-12-01
ISBN 10: 9622090869
ISBN 13: 9789622090866
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Chinese Ecocinema Book Review:

This anthology is a book-length study of China's ecosystem through the lens of cinema. Proposing 'ecocinema' as a new critical framework, the volume collectively investigates a wide range of urgent topics in today's world.

Adapted for the Screen

Adapted for the Screen
Author: Hsiu-Chuang Deppman
Publsiher: University of Hawaii Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2010-04-30
ISBN 10: 0824833732
ISBN 13: 9780824833732
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Adapted for the Screen Book Review:

Hsiu-Chang Deppman puts landmark contemporary Chinese films in the context of their literary origins & explores how the best Chinese directors adapt fictional narratives & styles for film.

Bee Season

Bee Season
Author: Myla Goldberg
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2002-08-13
ISBN 10: 1400032768
ISBN 13: 9781400032761
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bee Season Book Review:

Eliza Naumann, a seemingly unremarkable nine-year-old, expects never to fit into her gifted family: her autodidact father, Saul, absorbed in his study of Jewish mysticism; her brother, Aaron, the vessel of his father's spiritual ambitions; and her brilliant but distant lawyer-mom, Miriam. But when Eliza sweeps her school and district spelling bees in quick succession, Saul takes it as a sign that she is destined for greatness. In this altered reality, Saul inducts her into his hallowed study and lavishes upon her the attention previously reserved for Aaron, who in his displacement embarks upon a lone quest for spiritual fulfillment. When Miriam's secret life triggers a familial explosion, it is Eliza who must order the chaos. Myla Goldberg's keen eye for detail brings Eliza's journey to three-dimensional life. As she rises from classroom obscurity to the blinding lights and outsized expectations of the National Bee, Eliza's small pains and large joys are finely wrought and deeply felt. Not merely a coming-of-age story, Goldberg's first novel delicately examines the unraveling fabric of one family. The outcome of this tale is as startling and unconventional as her prose, which wields its metaphors sharply and rings with maturity. The work of a lyrical and gifted storyteller, Bee Season marks the arrival of an extraordinarily talented new writer.

Border Town

Border Town
Author: Shen Congwen,Jeffrey C. Kinkley
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2009-09-01
ISBN 10: 0061959235
ISBN 13: 9780061959233
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Border Town Book Review:

New in the Harper Perennial Modern Chinese Classics series, Border Town is a classic Chinese novel—banned by Mao’s regime—that captures the ideals of rural China through the moving story of a young woman and her grandfather. Originally published in 1934 by author Shen Congwen, this beautifully written novel tells the story of Cuicui, a young country girl who is coming of age in rural China in the tumultuous time before the communist revolution.

Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Haroun and the Sea of Stories
Author: Rushdie Salman
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2012-11-29
ISBN 10: 0141342390
ISBN 13: 9780141342399
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Haroun and the Sea of Stories Book Review:

Haroun's father is the greatest of all storyletters. His magical stories bring laughter to the sad city of Alifbay. But one day something goes wrong and his father runs out of stories to tell. Haroun is determined to return the storyteller's gift to his father. So he flies off on the back of the Hoopie bird to the Sea of Stories - and a fantastic adventure begins.

To Live

To Live
Author: Yu Hua
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2007-12-18
ISBN 10: 0307429792
ISBN 13: 9780307429797
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

To Live Book Review:

From the author of Brothers and China in Ten Words: this celebrated contemporary classic of Chinese literature was also adapted for film by Zhang Yimou. This searing novel, originally banned in China but later named one of that nation’s most influential books, portrays one man’s transformation from the spoiled son of a landlord to a kindhearted peasant. After squandering his family’s fortune in gambling dens and brothels, the young, deeply penitent Fugui settles down to do the honest work of a farmer. Forced by the Nationalist Army to leave behind his family, he witnesses the horrors and privations of the Civil War, only to return years later to face a string of hardships brought on by the ravages of the Cultural Revolution. Left with an ox as the companion of his final years, Fugui stands as a model of gritty authenticity, buoyed by his appreciation for life in this narrative of humbling power.

Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Do Not Say We Have Nothing
Author: Madeleine Thien
Publsiher: Knopf Canada
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2016-05-31
ISBN 10: 0345810449
ISBN 13: 9780345810441
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Do Not Say We Have Nothing Book Review:

Winner of the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and longlisted for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, this extraordinary novel tells the story of three musicians in China before, during and after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Madeleine Thien's new novel is breathtaking in scope and ambition even as it is hauntingly intimate. With the ease and skill of a master storyteller, Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations--those who lived through Mao's Cultural Revolution in the mid-twentieth century; and the children of the survivors, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square in 1989, in one of the most important political moments of the past century. With exquisite writing sharpened by a surprising vein of wit and sly humour, Thien has crafted unforgettable characters who are by turns flinty and headstrong, dreamy and tender, foolish and wise. At the centre of this epic tale, as capacious and mysterious as life itself, are enigmatic Sparrow, a genius composer who wishes desperately to create music yet can find truth only in silence; his mother and aunt, Big Mother Knife and Swirl, survivors with captivating singing voices and an unbreakable bond; Sparrow's ethereal cousin Zhuli, daughter of Swirl and storyteller Wen the Dreamer, who as a child witnesses the denunciation of her parents and as a young woman becomes the target of denunciations herself; and headstrong, talented Kai, best friend of Sparrow and Zhuli, and a determinedly successful musician who is a virtuoso at masking his true self until the day he can hide no longer. Here, too, is Kai's daughter, the ever-questioning mathematician Marie, who pieces together the tale of her fractured family in present-day Vancouver, seeking a fragile meaning in the layers of their collective story. With maturity and sophistication, humour and beauty, a huge heart and impressive understanding, Thien has crafted a novel that is at once beautifully intimate and grandly political, rooted in the details of daily life inside China, yet transcendent in its universality.

The Complete Poems

The Complete Poems
Author: Robert Graves
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 944
Release: 2015-01-29
ISBN 10: 0241197678
ISBN 13: 9780241197677
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Complete Poems Book Review:

Graves described poetry as his ruling passion, and for him love was 'the main theme and origin of true poems'. He created a rich mythology where love, fear, fantasy and the supernatural play an essential role. Intimate yet universal, passionate yet precise, their brilliant alchemy of realism and magic made Graves's poems some of the finest of the last century. In this edition the poems appear without critical apparatus or commentary. The volume represents in its purest form the achievement of Graves's seventy productive years.

A Long Long Time Ago Essentially True

A Long  Long Time Ago   Essentially True
Author: Brigid Pasulka
Publsiher: HMH
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2009-08-01
ISBN 10: 0547428472
ISBN 13: 9780547428475
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Long Long Time Ago Essentially True Book Review:

PEN/Hemingway Award Winner: A “gorgeous” novel weaving together stories of Poland past and present in one whimsically romantic epic (Chicago Tribune). On the eve of World War II, in a small Polish village, a young man nicknamed the Pigeon falls in love with a girl fabled for her angelic looks. To build a place in Anielica’s heart, he transforms her family’s modest hut into a beautiful home. But war arrives, cutting short their courtship and sending the young lovers off to the promise of a fresh start in Krakow. Nearly fifty years later, the couple’s granddaughter, Beata, repeats this journey, seeking a new life in the fairy-tale city of her grandmother’s stories. But instead of the rumored prosperity of the New Poland, she discovers a city full of frustrated youths, caught between its future and its past. Taken in by her tough-talking cousin, Irena, and her glamorous daughter, Magda, Beata struggles to find her own place in the world. But unexpected events—tragedies and miracles both—change lives and open eyes. “A whimsical debut,” (New York Times Book Review) A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True weaves together two remarkable stories, reimagining half a century of Polish history through the legacy of one unforgettable love affair. This magical, heartbreaking novel “rings hauntingly, enchantingly, real” (National Geographic Traveler). “With a touch of Marina Lewycka and a dash of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, this is storytelling that gets under your skin and forces you to press copies into your best friends’ hands.” —Elle (UK) “Funny and romantic like all the best true stories.” —Charlotte Mendelson, author of When We Were Bad

Reel Views 2

Reel Views 2
Author: James Berardinelli,Roger Ebert
Publsiher: Justin, Charles & Co.
Total Pages: 612
Release: 2005-01-01
ISBN 10: 1932112405
ISBN 13: 9781932112405
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reel Views 2 Book Review:

Thoroughly revised and updated for 2005! Includes a new chapter on the best special edition DVDs and a new chapter on finding hidden easter egg features.

Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger
Author: Anchee Min
Publsiher: HMH
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2004-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780547349374
ISBN 13: 0547349378
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Wild Ginger Book Review:

Two girls come of age during the horrors of China’s Cultural Revolution in this novel by the national bestselling author of Empress Orchid. The young and beautiful Wild Ginger is only in elementary school, but has already survived hell through her sheer iron will. Singled out by the Red Guards for her “foreign-colored eyes,” she has seen her deceased father branded a traitor and her mother commit suicide under the oppressive weight of persecution. But the young Wild Ginger will not allow herself to be taken down. Nor will she turn her back on other martyrs—like sweet Maple, daughter of a teacher of Chinese history, survivor of a labor camp, and victim of daily brutal beatings by a gang girl called Hot Pepper. While the two become fast friends over their shared ostracism, it is Wild Ginger who will take her Maoist principles to the extreme, becoming no less than a national model for the revolutionary Communist doctrine. But when both self-possessed young girls begin to feel a prohibited romantic love for the same boy, all three of them will face mortal danger. In this novel, the author of Pearl of China and the New York Times Notable Book Red Azalea “continues her extraordinarily acute inquiry into the wounded psyches of martyrs…and survivors of China's horrific Cultural Revolution… As in all her unsparing, compelling, and transcendent books, Min discerns both the vulnerability and strength of individuals and, more disturbingly, unveils the eroticism of pain. Given our own times, Min's taut and compassionate tale of oppressed teenagers kept in ignorance of the wider world, children brainwashed into performing acts of violence and self-destruction, is especially urgent.”—Booklist