Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Style

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is notable for its size. Publishers Weekly stated that Balzac was a "slim first novel",[7] and Brooke Allen at the New York Times Book Review called the narrative "streamlined".[10]

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is written in a characteristic style. The novel focuses and "accents on a soft center rather than... hard edges", according to Josh Greenfield of Time Europe. A vast majority of the characters in the narrative have "epithets rather than names",[12] adding to the relaxed writing style of the novel.


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