Mao's Last Dancer
From a desperately poor village in northeast China, at age eleven, Li Cunxin was chosen by Madame Mao's cultural delegates to be taken from his rural home and brought to Beijing, where he would study ballet. In 1979, the young dancer arrived in Texas as part of a cultural exchange, only to... show more
From a desperately poor village in northeast China, at age eleven, Li Cunxin was chosen by Madame Mao's cultural delegates to be taken from his rural home and brought to Beijing, where he would study ballet. In 1979, the young dancer arrived in Texas as part of a cultural exchange, only to fall in love with America-and with an American woman. Two years later, through a series of events worthy of the most exciting cloak-and-dagger fiction, he defected to the United States, where he quickly became known as one of the greatest ballet dancers in the world. This is his story, told in his own inimitable voice. Watch a Video
Publish date: July 27th 2010
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages no: 499
Edition language: English
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, Asian Literature
I didn't love, love, love this book, but I found it interesting and inspiring. Three stars. I felt much of it read as a young adult book. I in fact stopped my reading to go and check if it was directed toward kids. What do I find? I see that there are two editions, this one, which is for adults, and...
***I won this book as part of a GoodReads First Reads Giveaway***I have to say when I first got the notification from Goodreads saying that I had won this book, I wasn't sure if i would enjoy it. So it got put on the overly full bookshelves with the intention to "get to it eventually" as with most ...
I really enjoyed the first 2 thirds of this book. It well written, gripping, interesting, etc. But the last thrid of the book he starts repeating himself and I just wanted to get it over with. Pity though, because it is a wonderful story!