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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 28 December 2007
This was the first biography of Nureyev that I read and it works as a brilliant introduction to a brilliant dancer. I have been enthralled by seeing him dance (on video only, sadly) and picked this up on impulse and am glad I did. I know it has now been superceded by the Solway book, but this is still an excellent read which captures something of the mercurial impetuosity and sheer charisma of Nureyev. I know it upset some people because of its portrayal of his relationship with Fonteyn... the last chapters detailing Nureyev's struggles with HIV and the impact it had on his body are heartbreaking. Well worth a read.
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This biography is superbly written- it depicts rudolph entirely in the personality of wayward teenager, maybe through his suffering in Russia. The politics throughout his life - interjecting itself into his affairs- was paramount in the behaviour seen. he is an icon of truth,flamboyance and wonder. A truly remarkable man, no doubt with flawas but direct and intriguing insight is written in this book. The stories of the Ballet are enlightenment for me...i have since purchased yet another biography, his life enthralls me.
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