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Imperial Dancer by Coryne Hall
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Jan 29, 15

bookshelves: balletbooks, wishlist, nonfiction, dance, balkans, russia, france, england, europe, history
Read in January, 2015 — I own a copy

I gave up all TV except for movies this past months and it has definitely influenced my reading habits. This book I've been absorbing in fits and starts for the past two years. Finished! Tada! It reads a little bit like a grocery list, but it is very thorough and good at filling in some historical gaps. I've always been very interested in ballet from the turn of the 20th Century until the 50s or so, so this is yet one more character to add to that story.

Kschessinska would be much more fun novelized. The vixen who had a torrid affair with the Czar of Russia? Or the innocent who everyone assumed the worst of? Both of those stories would have been fun to read. Either way, the book is so balanced that I found myself really wishing that it took more of a stand one way or the other. But I imagine that the writer was going for a balanced approach.
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