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Most of the novel is told in the first person by an unnamed narrator who is a participant in the events of the story. Three chapters near the end are told from other points of view.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is written in the past tense.
During the Cultural Revolution in China, the narrator and his friend, Luo, meet another young man, Four-Eyes, who has a cache of forbidden books. These include titles by Honoré de Balzac. Luo reads these books to a local seamstress, referred to as the "Little Seamstress," in order to woo her.
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