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The Church of Tango: a Memoir Paperback – 21 Jan 2012

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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Mirasol Press (21 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615573541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615573540
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,639,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A captivating account of love, loss and self-discovery. The book takes you on a journey from USA to France, to Mexico, to Argentina as the author struggles to come to terms with the loss of her husband and find happiness again. Her courage and passion for Tango shine through. My favourite part was the description of life in France where hope is again discovered.
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I have nothing but admiration for Cherie - she has grit and determination in overcoming all the set backs in her life to follow her dream of happiness in dance. Writing from the heart she describes a feeling that is oh so difficult to put into words. The feeling of commune on a dance floor. A true artist; her writing style gives you the ability to feel the passion she has for dance and want to grab it for yourself.
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This book is sad, steamy, full of hope, honest and heart warming.

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.

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This is a very personal, honest, unashamed, sincere memoir. Essentially it is a story of survival and overcoming; lose of loved ones; despondency; disappointment in friends (which of us cannot empathise here); serious illness; thwarted love, broken dreams etc. It is a very human tale.

After struggling with her despondent feelings, following the untimely death of her husband, the author unexpectedly finds new energy and hope within herself. This sets her off on a global journey which has an unforeseen destination.

The tale unfolds by moving back and forth in time rather than following a strict chronological order of events. A style the author uses to good effect to build for us an understanding and an image of who she is and what has made her so.

Her travels to a variety of different countries and cultures are never without incident and frequently involve disappointment. Nevertheless, throughout Cherie Magnus displays a determination and resilience which has to be admired. I doubt there are many who would have put up with what she did and ultimately still come through smiling and with an undaunted zest for life.

The book unmistakably conveys her passion for dance and her determination to find it wherever she can. This sometimes leads her into districts I certainly would not wish to traverse on a darkened night. Tango does not occupy a large percentage of the book but in the end does turn out to be the fulfilment of so much of her deepest longing.

I will not say more than this as the synopsis which you may read here on the Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk sites really sets the framework of her tale very clearly.

The book contains many statements in French but in the majority of instances without an interpretation.
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For someone like me with a great love of tango, this book showed in detail one womans journey on the road to Tango addiction. The detail that she has put in is remarkable, considering it spans a period of over ten years.
The pain she has had in her life and the way she has won through are all here. An inspiring and enjoyable read, thoroughly recomended.
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