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MAO'S LAST DANCER: A Memoir

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

A prominent ballet dancer revisits the strange course that led him from a Chinese hamlet to the world stage.Mix Billy Elliott with Torn Curtain and you'll have some of the tale in very broad outline. Born in 1961, Li lived his early years under the shadow of Mao's Great Leap Forward, which had impoverished the already poor countryside to an almost unbelievable extent. "Dried yams were our basic ... Read full review

MAO'S LAST DANCER

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

In this "Young Readers' Edition" of his adult memoir, the Chinese-born dancer recounts his childhood and dance training during the Cultural Revolution, followed by his defection to dance in America. In rural China, he and his family had lived through extreme poverty with few opportunities to escape. Selected almost through happenstance to attend the Beijing Dance Academy, Li's talent was noticed ... Read full review

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This book is amazing, so much better than the movie! it tells you about life and poverty back then and how he grew up to be a star.

Maos Last Dancer

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The books which we are reading for a book group came quickly and are hardcover for a great price. Thanks! Read full review

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