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What is the theme of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress?

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie is a literarily rich novel that explores the themes of love, coming of age, reading, education, censorship and beauty through the story of three teenagers, two boys and one girl, affected by China’s Cultural Revolution.

Why did Luo burn the books?

The village headman didn’t destroy the violin because he heard it could praise Chairman Mao. However, destroying the books accomplishes the same object: taking beauty and education away from the world. Luo and the narrator worked to get the books and then took great risks to keep them.

What does the alarm clock symbolize in Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress?

The alarm clock represents the bourgeois norms, such as timing the workday with a clock rather than with sunrise and sunset, that the Cultural Revolution was intended to quash.

How did Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress end?

In the end, Luo and the narrator discover the true potency of imaginative literature and why it is hated and feared by those who wish to control others, for the Little Seamstress, transformed by her contact with Balzac, comes to understand her own sexual power and leaves the Phoenix of the Sky for the city.

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Where was Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress filmed?

He will follow up “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress” with his latest film, “The Botanist’s Daughter.” He failed to get approval to film in China because it is a love story between two women — a subject that remains taboo in that country. Instead, it was shot in Vietnam with mostly Chinese actors.

What year is Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress set in?

In 1971, as Mao’s Cultural Revolution swept over China, shutting down universities and banishing “reactionary intellectuals” to the countryside, two teenage boys are sent to live on the remote and unforgiving mountain known as Phoenix in the Sky.

Why does Luo hit the narrator?

These chapters begin the theme of friendship. The narrator describes Luo as “the best friend I ever had.” Although Luo punched the narrator, it was because he was upset that the narrator saw his father be humiliated, rather than because of something the narrator did.