Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - Ina Rilke, Sijie Dai While I enjoyed this book, I found it was somewhat of a disappointment to me. Someone told me that the English version was translated from French, so maybe that was the problem. I was expecting the more lyrical style that I am used to from the other Asian literature that I have read (Gail Tsukiyama, Amy Tan, Lisa See, and others). I can't say that I wish I hadn't read it, though, as it deals with a time in Chinese history that I have not read or thought much about. The Cultural Revolution and the re-education of the learned populace. It is a subject I would like to explore further, but not by this author.

My favorite part of the book was the first few pages when they were talking about the village headman and the violin. After that, I thought the characters were a little flat.

All in all, it was an okay read, but I am not in a hurry to read other works by this author.