Astons Book Club

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New and visiting members are very welcome to attend - please see the "Village Organisation Contacts" in the Astons News for contact details. We meet at members' homes, on the third Monday morning of each month - except December and August.

See Forthcoming Meetings page for a list of future titles.


Monday 17 July at 10.30.  Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie.  

The novel is about two teenage boys during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Luo, described as having "a genius for storytelling", and the unnamed narrator, "a fine musician". They are assigned to re-education through labour and are sent to a mountain called "Phoenix of the Sky" near Tibet to work in the coal mines and with the rice crop, because their doctor parents have been declared enemies of the state by the communist government.

The two boys fall in love with the Little Seamstress, and the plot unfolds.

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