Search Results: "Dai Sijie"


BOOK REVIEW

MR. MUO’S TRAVELLING COUCH by Dai Sijie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2005

"Nevertheless, it will very probably be another reading group sensation."
An unlikely hero resists injustice while introducing the interpretation of dreams to China, in this fey successor to Sijie's hugely successful Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2001). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONCE ON A MOONLESS NIGHT by Dai Sijie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2009

"Intended to celebrate the art of storytelling, this tedious work merely illustrates the perils of authorial self-indulgence."
A scroll containing a Buddhist sutra written in an unknown language causes no end of trouble in Sijie's meandering novel (Mr. Muo's Travelling Couch, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS by Dai Sijie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2001

"Literate and moderately engaging, but unlikely to enjoy the same runaway success that greeted it in La Belle France."
A curious debut novel by a Chinese expatriate filmmaker, first published to widespread acclaim in 1998 France, dramatizes the restrictions placed on the minds and imaginations of Chairman Mao's followers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CHRISTMAS HOPE by Anne Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Though there's precious little mystery here, there's considerable pleasure to be had in watching Perry, on her annual sabbatical from her cumbersomely virtuous anatomies of Victorian social mores (Acceptable Loss, 2012, etc.), manage Claudine's nimble cut-and-thrust conversations with young people, society hostesses and her own husband."
Veteran Perry (A Christmas Garland, 2012, etc.) draws back the curtain on an 11th round of decorous Yuletide skullduggery among the oh-so-proper Victorians. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2014

"Move over King Tut. Lady Dai is in the house. (historical note, author's note, glossary, selected bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Debut author Liu-Perkins' infectious curiosity shines in this exploration of a Han dynasty burial chamber excavated in 1972. Read full book review >