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This review is from: Mao's Last Dancer (Paperback)
I bought this book as a part of my 'books-I-have-to-read-because-I've-heard-I-just-have-to' project. So with little knowledge about the story, I started reading the book sunday afternoon and finished it monday evening, which makes this one of my fastest read books. This is partly because of the natural writing and partly because the story itself is extremely captivating. I turned the pages to fast that smoke almost emerged :) The narrating voice of Li Cunxin is extremely honest and sincere and from the first page my empathy for him was enormous. I laughed when he laughed, tasted the dumplings when he did, felt tense and desperate when he did and burst into tears with him as well. I liked how the narrating voice also developed in terms of observations and perspective on life as the story progresses and Cunxin grows older. The fables and small anecdotes Cunxin reflects on gives the story a touch of a modern fairytale and I was amazed to read how they became a source of inspiration to him as well. I really loved all the elements of the book - the ballet, the cultural aspect, the political aspect and how they were woven into a deeply inspiring tale about determination and realising dreams. I would reccommend this book to all book lovers - this is definitely one of my favorite books.
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Initial post: 7 Sep 2011 13:49:27 BDT
Monica M. says:
I intend to read all the reviews for this book but I am getting increasingly irritated by the lack of accurate spelling and punctuation in many of the reviews.
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