Mao’s Last Dancer

Mao’s Last Dancer

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Li Cunxin tells his story, tracing his life from his early childhood among the Chinese peasantry and his being thrust into the world of ballet, through his winning a scholarship to America and his eventual defection to the West in 1981, knowing that he would never see his family again.

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The true story of a poor Chinese peasant boy who, plucked unsuspectingly at the age of ten from millions of others across the land to be trained as a ballet dancer, turned the situation to his advantage to become one of the world's greatest ballet stars.
Simply told, with charm, humour and compassion and at times, great drama. His childhood, despite the terrible hardships, is drawn with love and affection and contrasts starkly with the seven lonely years of gruelling training at the Peking Dance Academy. At the age of l8, Li performs at the Houston Ballet school in the US, which leads to his dramatic defection.
This is a condensed edition, specially for younger readers, and has an Afterword especially for children.

Additional information

Weight0.256 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 12.9 × 2.2 cm
Author

Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

333

Language

English

Edition

Young readers' Edition

Dewey

792.8092 (edition:22)

Readership

Children – juvenile / Code: J