Mao's Last Dancer (Paperback)
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Mao's Last Dancer (Paperback)

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Paperback 448 Pages / Published: 02/04/2009
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Raised in a desperately poor village during the height of China's Cultural Revolution, Li Cunxin's childhood revolved around the commune, his family and Chairman Mao's Little Red Book.

Until, that is, Madame Mao's cultural delegates came in search of young peasants to study ballet at the academy in Beijing and he was thrust into a completely unfamiliar world.

When a trip to Texas as part of a rare cultural exchange opened his eyes to life and love beyond China's borders, he defected to the United States in an extraordinary and dramatic tale of Cold War intrigue.

Told in his own distinctive voice, this is Li's inspirational story of how he came to be Mao's last dancer, and one of the world's greatest ballet dancers.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141040226
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 321 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'An inspiring true story of courage and determination' - Adeline Yen Mah, author of 'Falling Leaves' 'His vivid descriptions of life at home, surviving on family love and dried yams, and of the harsh regime, make riveting reading' Guardian 'Mao's Last Dancer is a modern fairy-tale. Li Cunxin's story is a breathtaking indictment of brute Communism, told with great honesty' - Kate Adie 'Appalling, brave and funny ... you cannot do better than to read this book' Mail on Sunday

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“Dull and plodding”

I was so excited to read this book as a friend had told me all about it, but to say I was disappointed is a complete understatement! The writing is repetative and over simplified, however I would now be interested in... More

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“Heartbreaking ”

I loved this. My aunt recommended it to me. I’m a ballet dancer and know how the training works in the western world. To read what he went through was heartbreaking. Thankful that he was able to fulfill his dream.
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