Mao's Last Dancer

Mao's Last Dancer

Book - 2003
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In a small, desperately poor village in north-east China, a young peasant boy sits at his rickety old school desk, interested more in the birds outside than in Chairman Mao's Red Book and the grand words it contains. But that day, some strange men come to his school - Madame Mao's cultural delegates. They are looking for young peasants to mould into faithful guards of Chairman Mao's great vision for China. This is the true story of how that one moment in time, by the thinnest thread of a chance, changed the course of a small boy's life in ways that are beyond description. One day he would dance with some of the greatest ballet companies of the world. One day he would be a friend to a president and first lady, movie stars and the most influential people in America. One day he would become a star- Mao's last dancer, and the darling of the West. Visit the official Mao's Laster Dancer Movie website maoslastdancermovie.com
Publisher: Camberwell, Vic. : Viking/Penguin, 2003.
ISBN: 9780670040247
067004024X
Branch Call Number: 792.8028092 Li
Characteristics: xiv, 444 p. : ill.

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Eil_1
Oct 28, 2015

The life of this young boy who became a famous ballet dancer is utterly amazing. The methods used to train these young people is incredible. Despite all, Li Cunxin became a famous person and found his life in other than Communist China. Anyone who is interested in the history of Mao's reign in China would truly appreciate this book.

MANFRED JOHANN GARTNER Oct 13, 2015

Every person in China should read this book. It would be eye opening for them.

sultanov Aug 25, 2014

Loved it. Truly fascinating story about a young boy who comes from communist China and becomes the world star.

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klickitatjanice
Aug 02, 2014

An easy and quick read. Fascinating first-hand account of surviving Mao's regime as seen through the eyes of a peasant's son. The opportunity through dance that eventually led to his freedom made the story even more interesting.

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oboechica88
Dec 06, 2013

unxin's insight into communist China as well as into the art of dance makes for an absolutely compelling read.I had originally seen the movie based on this book when it came out a couple years ago (watch it - it will be well worth your while. Not only is the story great - which we'll get to here - but the script and acting were very good and the dancing was phenomenal) and have been waiting anxiously to get my hands on the book, which I was FINALLY able to do a couple months ago.

I thought this story was amazing - to read how hard a person can push themselves to succeed and to see how far a human can come - it's really just mind boggling. The writing is so descriptive, and the way everything is described is so foreign to everything I have experienced in life. It is an absolute delight to read how Cunxin describes the world. Even if you are not into nonfiction (like me) I highly recommend you read this book just so you can understand even a little of what goes on in some countries. I would also recommend you watch the movie, which is a beautiful work of art. It doesn't even matter which order you do either - they are both amazing stories. For the full review, head to my blog at OboeChica Books (so long and thanks for all the fish).

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Isabela81
Apr 03, 2013

A very good book. Beautifully written. A book for all age groups!

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H21841256
Dec 14, 2012

I loved this book! I think any age group would enjoy it!
I loved how it gave such a clear insight to China, during Mao's reign.
It was really fascinating!

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brenna_noelle
Jun 17, 2012

Wow. This was a really beautiful and inspiring story! My teacher actually lent it to me and I just got around to reading it (so I can return it) but I'm so glad I did! I found that the beginning was a bit slow, but that was mainly to introduce the setting, family etc. Once he got into the ballet academy, I was truly hooked. I haven't actually finished it yet (almost there!) but am really excited to read the ending to this. This book really opened my eyes to the world: the poverty, the politics and the different forms of art.

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MINKA2121
Mar 17, 2012

I loved the book and movie . Elena A.

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mprimom
Mar 17, 2012

What a great book, beautiful story. I recommend this book ! Li really have you hook on, cannot put it down. One of the best in a long time.

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Apr 03, 2013

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