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The Church of Tango: a Memoir Paperback – 21 Jan 2012
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About the Author
Cherie Magnus, a California native, lives, writes about, and teaches tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Cherie began dancing tango in 1997. She was a dance research librarian for the L.A. Public Library and a dance critic for local newspapers before moving to France, Mexico, and finally Argentina in 2003. Many of her articles on dance, travel and international culture have been published in magazines, professional journals and several anthologies. A Finalist in the Buenos Aires Tango Championships of 2006, she has appeared in three tango documentaries with her Argentine partner, Ruben Aybar.
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One really identifies with the author in her struggle to overcome her cancer/disastrous love affairs/changing homes/financial difficulties. and you are swept along by her verve as, with great enthusiasm, she cannons from situation to situation in pursuit of love and happiness. She is particularly good at making you feel involved with her love affairs(which are frequent).
However there is too much extraneous information about the authors daily round when living abroad - rather touristy - and the book would be better
off and considerably shorter without this.
Nonetheless it is quite a compelling read, and makes you want to know what is going to happen to her with each disastrous love affair.
Cherie loses her husband and childhood sweetheart to cancer and life for her changes forever. The first decision she makes is to head to Paris, alone, and learn French for a fortnight. Something in Paris reawakens her heart and she learns to live again, but there are challenges to face. Life throws many nasty shots her way, from cheating friends, love rats and her own health issues. But Cherie is a fighter. She finds tango and feeds off the incredible energy of this dance of passion. Forced to sell the family home where they had raised their children, she tries Paris, Los Angeles and Mexico before settling in her spiritual home of Buenos Aires. Here she finds peace in the hot, smoky, crowded tango halls where, like an addict, she must attend and dance the night away. Her life now is very different to when her husband was with her and the strength, courage, energy and passion she shares is nothing short of amazing.
This is an emotional read, life isn’t always easy but this shows how far you can take yourself if you really try. Throughout the book she stirred my emotions, I felt angry at the way some people treated her and in other places I shed a tear or two.
Keep on dancing Cherie and thank you for sharing your story.
I was sent a copy of this book to read and review.
Author: The Church of Tango
Title: Cherie Magnus
The readers thought the cover was excellent and the blurb well-written, enticing them to read the book. A number of them felt it was one of the best covers in the awards this year with a strong, central image and fun, easy-to-read fonts. One reader put in his feedback: ‘’I loved the design of the cover, in particular, the way the title was designed. It looks fantastic..’
Our readers very much enjoyed this novel. They thought it was insightful, often dark and totally unputdownable! They enjoyed the fact it was not just a book on dance but covered many aspects of your life including the joy of your children and the heartbreak of cancer and Alzheimer’s. One reader put in her feedback, ‘This book was excellent. It’s not just a biography and it’s not just a book on dance; it’s also a travel book.’
The characters the author met were also very interesting, but it was the central character (the author) who was the most intriguing. ‘A lot happens to the author and most of it seems to be bad but she keeps her head up, keeps smiling and keeps dancing. I found her inspirational.’ Another reader wrote, ‘It is hard to image so many terribly things happening to one person: her husband dying of cancer, her mother getting Alzheimer’s, the loss of her home, but she always finds a way to battle on. It was her spirit that made this book interesting.’
A few of the readers felt there was little structure to the book and that characters come and go with little explanation, but they also though this was one of the reasons it was so good. ‘The Church of Tango is not a perfectly structured novel, it is a complex story of a woman and, as with any life, people come and go, some details are remembered and some are not. This realism, this lack of structure was perfect for a memoir of this kind.’
The readers thought the book was well edited and discovered no glaring problems with grammar, punctuation or spelling. One reader wrote, ‘I did not find any errors in the book but, even if there were, the story was too good to worry about them.’
The readers thought the writing style was wonderful and the author's ability to describe characters/setting was well developed. They also thought the author dealt well with dialogue, writing it in a ‘relaxed, realistic and easy-to-follow’ way. One reader put, ‘’Style-wise, I thought this book was very easy to read; content-wise it was often sad, often upsetting. The author did a fantastic job with speech and also in the lucud descriptions of foreign shores.’
Of the 32 readers:
32 finished the book.
21 felt the central character was the best part of the book.
9 thought the way you worked with dialogue was the best part of the book.
2 felt your descriptive style was the best part of the book.
32 loved the cover and blurb.
32 would like to read another book by this author.
‘The inspirational story of a woman who travelled the world and faced her demons, all with a little help from dance. A GOLD MEDAL winner and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Awards
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