Wednesday, February 27, 2008

judging a book by its cover

The cover & title alone were enough to make me want to read this book.
Blazac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Saijie is a beautifully written tale of two friends who are exiled to the Chinese countryside for "re-education" during Mao's Cultural Revolution. It's charmingly funny and tells of the boys' adventures and the people they meet; including Four Eyes, a boy with a secret stash of Western novels, and the Little Seamstress, for which neither one of the boys will ever forget. There's even a dash of fashion in the story with the role of the Little Seamstress, which is quite delightful. A tale of friendship, love, and the power of storytelling.
Historical fiction at its sweetest.


Birdie said...

Oh, I have the audio book of this, I never finished because it was to boring. But the autio-books title wasn't nealy that nice!

Blue Floppy Hat said...

It's one of my favourite books! The idea of the boys discovering themselves through everything 'forbidden' was one I especially loved..