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Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
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Jul 17, 12

I own a copy, read count: too many to count

One of my favourite books no doubt, the beginning of the novel still one of my favourite opening chapters of any book.
"On the day of her marriage, a young girl sits alone in her village home. It is autumn, a beautiful October morning." Cunxin handles with sensitivity and traditional way of Chinese marraige and writes it in such a beautiful way and for this fact I found even the 'stilted' flow of English endearing and the heart and depth interwoven between the words enlightening.
This auto-biography is truly wonderful. It captures the truly magical nature of dance, love and big dreams. It makes you wish for such a dream, a goal, that you would do anything to achieve, travel to the ends of the world for. Li Cunxin captivates the reader, and envelops them into a world of ballet, triumph and desperation.
Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin is inspiring and a wonderful read, to this day remaining as one of my all time favourite books.

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