Mao's Last Dancer (Movie Tie-In) (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jul 27, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 528 pages
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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.

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Easy to read in english. - Goodreads
The writing was really flat and unexciting. - Goodreads
Good read and very well done with the movie portrayal. - Goodreads
Great insight into Mao's Cultural Revolution. - Goodreads
Good book club selection. - Goodreads
It had a great pace and was scarcely boring. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

I once met the daughter of a certain famous Russian ballet dancer and Soviet defector. I was buying garlicky humus and crackers at my local Co-op, and noticed the name tag of yet another granola ... Read full review

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User Review  - Timothy Merrill - Goodreads

Great story. I like biography anyway, autobiography less so, but this was a touching account of Cunxin's early life in a village near Qingdao, and how he got into the Beijing Dance Academy ... And ... Read full review

Contents

PART ONE MY CHILDHOOD
HOME
MY NIANG AND
A COMMUNE CHILDHOOD
THE SEVEN OF
NANA
CHAIRMAN MAOS CLASSROOM
LEAVING HOME
THE
MY OWN VOICE
TEACHER XIAOS WORDS
TURNING POINTS
THE MANGO
CHANGE
ON THE WAY TO THE WEST
THE FILTHY CAPITALIST AMERICA

PART TWO BEIJING
FEATHER IN A WHIRLWIND
THE CAGED BIRD
THAT FIRST LONELY YEAR
GOODBYE CHINA
PART THREE THE WEST
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About the author (2010)

Li Cunxin was born in a small village near the city of Qingdao, in northern China. At eighteen, he was selected to perform at the Houston Ballet, which led to a dramatic defection to the United States. He has performed as a soloist with the Houston Ballet and as a principal artist with the Australian Ballet.

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