Mar 28, 11
Read from March 22 to 27, 2011
If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. Best book of the year so far. This is the second book I've read of McCann's and I don't know how he writes so perfectly. Every word belongs and the structure is perfect (including Victor's single-sentence drug-fueled chapter and the way the Russian chapters become fewer and farther between the more time and distance between Nureyev and his family.)
I don't feel I know Rudolf Nureyev any better than I did before, but I think that's the point. He was such a public figure and larger-than-life that no one really knew him except for perhaps his longtime maid and maybe his longtime lover, Erik Bruhn. I felt I knew his sister, his maid, and several other narrators better than I did the subject of the book. I was choked up by the end and still feel my chest tighten thinking about this devastating and beautiful book.