Friday, June 06, 2008

Lunchtime read: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

The problem with opening someone’s mind with literature sharing the emotions of love, fear and courage is that the mind is never quite the same again.

After being pumped full of books by Luo the Little Seamstress finally decides that the countryside is not enough for her and so she heads off to the city leaving her father and the two students behind her.

Things are made slightly easier by the fact that Luo has been absent for a month not long before her decision and he left her needing an abortion. It would be a shame to reveal the final line but it brings a real smile to the face.

Those who have the arrogance to believe that they can educate, improve and then control someone are very much mistaken – and rightly so.

A review will follow soon…

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