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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress : A Novel

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - Sijie Dai It was pretty good...except for that bizarre 6-page section 3/4ths of the way through, where one portion was told from changing points of view. I have no idea why the author did that, and it was extremely jarring. I'll admit that I was so thrown by it that I just skimmed that section, and started again at the section with the original narrator, but found that even there, the narrator's voice had changed. It took about 3 pages for his original tone to return. It was really odd. Otherwise, I liked the book quite well, and would have given it more stars. The story was a quick, interesting read, with a lightness of tone, despite the fact that it was set in a rather dark time.