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Die Schneetänzerin

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  7,428 ratings  ·  325 reviews
Ein neues Jahrhundert dämmert herauf, als ein junges mutterloses Mädchen eine Ballettschule in St. Petersburg betritt. Nur wenig später ist Danina Petroskova eine Primaballerina. Aber das Schicksal zerstört den Boden, auf dem sie tanzt. Und sie muss sich entscheiden zwischen Liebe und Karriere, zwischen Heimat und Freiheit.
Paperback, 251 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Ullstein (first published 1999)
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Diane Wallace
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An amazing read!
It's an easy and enjoyable book to read...(paperback!)
Feb 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Summed in one word... Painful. Thanks for nothing Ms. Steel. 0 of 10 stars
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
This is the first book I have read written by the author.
It was so good. In three words: Simple, satirical and memorable.
It is the story of Danina Peteoskova who got married too young for the sake of surviving during the times of war.
She left her home young, got settled in another country.
The story is told from the perspective of her granddaughter who has seen her as the same old granny as all grandmothers are.
What unfolds is the great story hidden in the box left behind by her grandmother.
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy, quick read to escape to for a few hours. I liked the story and the transporting back to a time of revolution in Russia really added to the story. It will make you wonder for a bit about what stories there are about your grandparents that you never heard. Personally, the most interesting I can think of, I never heard, but seen pictures of my grandmother young and tipsy dancing on a table in Hawaii. So who knows what stories they hold that we never hear. The romance is interesting in this on ...more
Carey Henderson
I'll start off with the positives: the storyline kept my attention enough for me to finish the novels & I liked the epilogue.

That about sums up my positives.

I have a very, very hard time liking a novel where adultery is justified (if you've read my past book reviews you'll notice a pattern concerning that topic). Even if the book is fantastic, when the author tries to convince the reader that the character's love affair was okay because...such &'s a dealbreaker for me.

Having lost my o
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
This is the only Danielle Steel book I've read and it's doubtful I'll be reading others. I'm probably the only reviewer who thought this book was terrible. Besides that the storyline was nothing short of gag-inducing, there were so many run-on sentences it didn't even seem like the book had been edited. It was supremely awful. ...more
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was fourteen. It was the first Danielle Steel book I saw in my life and Degas painting I had a lot of attention. So after much insisting my mother finally bought it. I never thought at that time that I would meet a beautiful story about ballet, nostalgia and imperial Russia of the last tsars.

Although it's in the first person by a witness narrator, it makes clear that the story is about her grandmother, or as she knew, Granny Dan an "eccentric" woman who cooked biscuits on
I found the story interesting but the writing horrible. She just repeats everything and only writes platitudes.
Aug 14, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This will be the last Danielle Steele book I ever intend to read. She's so one dimensional. There's so much more she could do with her plot and characters and she wastes all of it on trite writing. ...more
Kim. E.
She was known as Granny Dan to her adored granddaughter, the one who loved to go skating with her and play, but when she passed away this granddaughter realized she knew nothing about her life. Then she received a call from the nursing home where she lived the last year of her life, telling her that a box remained in the back of Granny Dan's closet. Inside the box was a worn pair of toe shoes, a Russian program to a ballet, a gold locket, and many letters written in Russian. She decides to have ...more
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Great story but a little boring 👍
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have only read one Danielle Steel book before, and that was "Happy Birthday". I was mega impressed by it, so when my friend Sara gave me a copy of "Granny Dan" I was eager to read it. And although it wasn't as memorable or lasting to me as "Happy Birthday" was, I will admit I was entertained the entire book and read it in two sittings. It was a page turner, but I didn't find anything super unique about the story. I almost feel like there should have been half a book more of the story.

We are ta
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess we all know that Danielle Steel is not one of the best authors around, a lot of her books are very cheesy, not very original and predictable, but she also wrote a few nice ones. This is not one of my favorites, but it's a nice and easy read and I like ballerinas and a good love story. My actual rating is 3,5 stars.

After Danina's death her grand-daughter discovers that her grand-mother was once a very talented young ballet dancer who fell in love with the much older and married Nicolaj wh
I've only read a few Danielle Steel novels but so far they have all been about same.

1. A great forbidden love - check
2. The couple must make a long journey in order to be together - check
3. They will be staying with a relative of the male love interest - check
4. (view spoiler) - check
5. (view spoiler) - check

So though this was a decent book and Ms S
Randy Tramp
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Danina Petroskova was Granny Dan. The year was 1902. Danina, at the age of seven, went to a ballet school in St. Petersburg Russia.

A war, an extraordinary man, and a devastating illness altered the course of her life.

I so love Steel's writing. She goes deep into the character and brings the person alive. It's as though I knew Granny Dan. Everyone has a story, especially those that have lived a long life.

The story begins with a simple box filled with mementos from a grandmother. Yet, nothing in t
Christine Blythe
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very sentimental book....My 2 passions entertwined, ballet and Historical fiction! I see that some people think that Danielle Steel is world of Violence and crime and hate.. corny is a relief! Loved it!
Rebecca Hazel Smith
Entertaining and (very) easy enough to start and finish it on a three hour plane journey. Wouldn't necessarily recommend it to anybody as I found it quite repeating. I did fall in love with the main character though and her life story, which this book was all about. ...more
Charmaine Saliba
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Danielle Steel is the only author that helps me get out of a reading slump, she is the only author that I still reading since I was a teenager. I love her writing style (even though sometimes it can be repetitive but doesn’t bother me), I love to lose myself into her books go to place that I will never go. I read Granny Dan in my early twenties and even though I didn’t remember much about the story I remembered that I loved it so I picked it up again and after years (I not saying how many lol) I ...more
Jenny Church
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Audrey Coutinho
I am not a Danielle Steel fan - I tried reading one or two books by her and couldn't read beyond a few pages because I just couldn't stand her writing style. But when a friend of mine said I "have to read Granny Dan," I took it on as a challenge (and because of the ballerina on the cover - I love ballerinas.)

The book was a little difficult to get through for me, because when Steel describes everything as 'delicious,' 'magical' and 'dazzling,' it makes me want to pull my hair out and scream. And
I very much enjoyed the historical portions.

Before reading Granny Dan I re-read Zoya (my favorite Danielle Steel with ballet and Romanovs)and now I can feel the great love of the ballet as a child rekindling.

There are unfortunately points where you stop and say to yourself..."This is a really hokey love story." And it is, but I continued to read it anyway.

FYI: Audio....not so great. The narrator is male, which bothers me because I'm supposedly seeing this story through the eyes of a girl/woman
Abigail Tippin
A great read! As always, Danielle Steel does a fantastic job bringing the reader into the story and I actually finished this book in less than a day! I couldn't put it down, it was such a riveting, dramatic, real life story that really puts into focus the lives that our grandparents may have lead. As Steel wrote, its easy for young people to view our elders as just old people; it never occurs to us that they were once young too! Granny Dan was a colorful, beautiful, complex and heartbreaking sto ...more
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
The opening chapter of this book was quite good. Then it switched to a third-person narrator and, while it held my interest for a while, it got so repetitive that it became boring. I would have liked it much better if it had been from the granddaughter's point of view throughout, as she discovered her grandmother's story through the translated letters. This was my first time reading a Danielle Steel book, and it may be the last. ...more
Delilah Trenaman
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. The story makes you realize that the different people in your life do or did have a different life outside of the one you share with them. Maybe we should take the time to ask questions of these people so that maybe we could find the person they are outside their relationship with us. We amy be surprised. I wish that I had asked more questions of my grandparents.
May 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Tracey L.
Jul 11, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Danielle Steel cannot write. While she sometimes has good storylines, her superficial and hackneyed storytelling manner is more akin to an average person summarizing a book rather than an author actually writing one. Her ongoing popularity astounds me.
June Guymon
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A different kind of Danielle Steele read
Land of butterflies
I really enjoyed this book like never before, totally my favorite book from Danielle. I loved loved loved it. It made big influence to me.I hope it somedays make into a movie. <3
Apr 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite book. I can just read or listen to it again and again. It is a wonderful story!
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book should have read really fast, but I was busy this week, so I only got to read a little at a time. That being the case, I felt like I got to know the characters. I struggle with a rating because part of me really enjoyed the story and part of me didn't care for the book. Danielle Steel pumps out so many books that sometimes you get good ones and sometimes they are horrible. Sometimes her writing is good; sometimes her writing is just so boring, despite the story itself having potential. ...more
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