Through detailed and enjoyable tales of the boys’ adventures we see the transformative effects these western novels have on both the boys and the Little Seamstress. I think it’s unfortunate that I read this directly after Mister Pip; another book about the transformative power of classic western literature. While the story remains believable, the message did start to feel a little preachy.
On a final note, while I mentioned that the plot for the most part feels inconsequential, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress does have a very satisfying conclusion. I won’t spoil it, but it was one of those rare endings that I didn’t see coming, but not only did it make sense, it helped the rest of the story make sense at the same time.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is available as a book group set from Maribyrnong Library Service.
The opinions posted here are my own and not those of Maribyrnong City Council.