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Flight of the Swan

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  58 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Flight of the Swan is the irrepressibly charming tale of a world-famous Russian prima ballerina who finds herself stranded in Puerto Rico in 1917. Because of extraordinary political events in her home country, her troupe is forced to remain in the Caribbean for three months. During that time Madame falls desperately in love with a local, young revolutionary. Narrated by Ma ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 30th 2002 by Plume (first published June 5th 2001)
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Robin
Mar 24, 2016 Robin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I got to about page 50 of this book and couldn't remember what it was about, so I started it again. The second time I got to page 25 when I realized that the reason I couldn't remember what it was about was because nothing was happening of any importance and I had no interest in the book, so I quit.

It's about a ballerina from St. Petersburg, Russia, before the communist revolution. This woman is an outstanding ballerina (considered a diva). She has a group of young ladies who dance with her and
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Melvin Rodríguez-Rodríguez
Una premisa interesante y ambiciosa no logra materializarse por una ejecución tropezada.

En 1917, Madame (Ana Pávlova) llega con su troupe a Puerto Rico como parte de su gira por América, pero al estallar la revolución bolchevique en Rusia su situación política la obliga a quedarse en la isla, donde conocerá las luchas políticas locales y un romance que amenazará su disciplina. Todo esto es contado por Masha, amiga y dama de compañía de Madame, que cuenta a manera de memoria los pormenores del su
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Mae
Jan 09, 2014 Mae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Rosario Ferre, cracked the ceiling of Puertorican male dominated literature. She was also the leader of historical/political fiction. Reading her books is always a pleasure and a comfortable experience. I like finding evidence of the families I know of. As she uses real family and political stories to knit them into the fabric of her fictional accounts. She tries hard, sometimes, to hide, who they were, by using different names, or mixing up the events, but I find it fascinating to figure them o ...more
Amanda
May 12, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it
I love Ferre for her deep understanding of Puerto Rico's social & political history, and her beautiful portrayal of women. The Russian Revolution/ballet angle of this outing didn't enchant me, and I felt at times like Ferre had to try too hard to get the plot to hang together. Still, a sweet, clever little novel.
 Barb Bailey
I really liked this book. Although I thought the middle drug a bit, the story line was very good. A troup of Russian ballerinas go on tour and end up being detained in Puerto Rico for 3 months. This story is during the Russian Revolution and takeover of the Zaar and the take over of Puerto Rico by the US. It was worth plowing through the middle bits to get to the good ending.
Tara Chevrestt
I made it thru half. I found it dull and un interesting but my main issue was unlikeable characters. The narrator is a closet lesbian (at least I got that impression as she is in love with Madame) with no self esteem whatsoever. The madame (whom everyone is in love with for some reason) is a snot. It just didn't work for me.
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Historical comment 1 5 Apr 30, 2010 11:21AM  
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Rosario Ferré was born in Puerto Rico, where her father served as governor. She was best known for her novels and short stories. In 1992, Ferré was awarded the Liberatur Prix award at the Frankfurt Book Fair for the German translation of her novel Sweet Diamond Dust. She was a finalist for the National Book Award for her novel The House on the Lagoon in 1995.
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