Title: Balzac and the LIttle Chinese Seamstress
Author: Dai Sijie, translated from French by Ina Rilke
Thoughts: This is one of many books that I have picked up at used book stores simply because it seemed like it would be a good story; it was ok. The book tells the story of two young boys in China who are sent to the countryside to be â€˜re-educated.â€™ They find treasures in hidden books, storytelling, and a young seamstress. The story and writing were both good, and yet I find that this book did not capture me and hold me in the way I had hoped. Maybe it would be better in the original French, or maybe it was just my mood. If you read this, let me know your thoughts.
Title: A Wrinkle in Time
Author: Madeline Lâ€™Engle
Genre: fiction, science fiction
Thoughts: This is one of those books I subconsciously rejected reading for years because I am not normally a fan of science fiction. And then Renee presented it to me for my 28th birthday last year with the inscription, â€œFor Pamela, 28, because you need this on your shelf and in your head.â€ She could not have been more correct. Lâ€™Engle is an excellent story teller, and the symbolism throughout the book is outstanding. In future years I plan to tackle the other four books in the series. If you have not yet read A Wrinkle in Time, you should.