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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed every word of this book. All the very honest descriptions of life, love, dance and death made a change from the many other books of this genre. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Melody
We are proud to announce that THE CHURCH OF TANGO by Cherie Magnus is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's a well written autobiography about a clearly sexy widow who oscillates between California, Paris, Mexico and Buenos Aires in pursuit of love and a home. Read morePublished 8 months ago by reader