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Mao's Last Dancer
by Li Cunxin

ISBN: 9780670040247
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books Australia
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 445
PUBLICATION DATE: 1.09.2003
DIMENSIONS: 230mmX153mmX34mm 587grams

DESCRIPTION:
The true story of a poor Chinese peasant boy who, plucked unsuspectingly at the age of ten from millions of others across the land to be trained as a ballet dancer, turned the situation to his advantage to become one of the world's greatest ballet stars. Li tells his story with charm and simplicity, with humour and compassion and at times with great drama. His childhood is drawn, despite the terrible hardships, with love and affection, as we share in the lives of Li and his large family. This contrasts starkly with the seven lonely years of gruelling training at the Peking Dance Academy, and more starkly again when Li is selected, at age 18, to perform at the Houston Ballet's summer school which led to a dramatic defection. He could never return to his family and his courage in the face of extreme loneliness, his determination to succeed and his commitment and self-discipline make an awesome, inspiring and moving story that should speak to readers of all ages everywhere.

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