Nureyev: The Life
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This was a difficult book to get through. Kavanagh includes so much information, and comments from so many people that met Nureyev, that it became a chore reading it. Some of the sources obviou ...more
(*UPDATE--I spoke with one of my teachers who worked with him and he changed his tune, ...more
If you love ballet and want to learn more about one of its most fascinating stars, I recommend this book. Otherwise, I think a definitive work has yet to be produced.
In the early 1990's the director of the VSA, Jan Petrus Bosman, planned a tribute VSA Ballet for Margot ...more
It is a long book, 700 plus pages. Often in a book of that length I will do a lot of skimming. That did not happen in this book. I read each and every page (although I did have to pass over the ballet terminology, of which I know nothing, and the frequent use of French, of which I also know nothing!) ...more
they way the author portrays Nureyev..fantastic.
This book is 698 pages - not including index and notes - and I couldn't put it down. I saw Nureyev dance twice. It was in the late 70s - so he wasn't a ...more
Defecting to the West in 1961 at the height of the Cold War his name vanished into whispered obscurity in his homeland while in Europe he attained stratospheric notoriety. For nearly two decades he danced with the great British balle ...more
Julie Kavanagh knows the dance world, and it shows. The London-based journalist and former ballerina previously wrote a prize-winning biography of choreographer Frederick Ashton, and she fills Nureyev: The Life with piercing insights into both the life of her subject and the turbulent world of professional ballet. Critics loved her riveting storytelling, and though the Christian Science Monitor complained that Kavanagh dwells too long on the dancer's experiences in the "brutal anonymity of 70s g...more
It's obvious that the huge contrast between his Russian peasant upbringing and the jet-setters he associated with (Rothschild, Onassis, Kennedy, etc.) gave him strange ideas about what was normal.
It's sad that he felt like he had no life except for dance and so kept dancing long past the time he really could.
He almost seems manic or schizophrenic - ...more
...it is now past time to admit defeat. Maybe someday I'll pick this up again, but it was just too dense, and he was too arrogant for me to stay interested. I've dealt with too many dance divas in my real life to want to devote my leisure reading to any. I did ...more
Side note: reading this book did [inspire?] a fantastic dream in which 'Rudik' and I are lounging on a couch and Jackie-O approaches us, hugs me and tells me ho ...more