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No Way Home: A Cuban Dancer’s Story Hardcover – 1 Oct 2007
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‘Carlos Acosta's trajectory from street urchin to superstar is another astonishing example of the transcendent power of dance. In this brutally honest account of his struggle to reconcile two conflicting worlds, we discover the source of inner conflict that has alchemized into passionate intensity on stage and made him one of ballet's most thrillingly charismatic performers.’ Julie Kavanagh
‘Warm and funny.’ The Economist
‘The dazzling Carlos Acosta is the Cuban Billy Elliot, a poor kid who triumphed over prejudice and humble origins … Frankly, you couldn't make it up … The crippling physical effort of becoming a ballet dancer, the slog, the agony of injuries, the rivalries and bitchiness are vividly evoked in Acosta's fascinating story.’ Daily Mail
'The life of the ballet dancer Carlos Acosta has all the hallmarks of a bestseller…in “No Way Home” Acosta's voice is instantly likeable, and you follow his discovery of the trappings of the west and his quest to make his name at the Royal Ballet with a mixture of wonder, respect and, crucially, affection.'
‘From the atmospheric depiction of his poor childhood in Havana to his domination of the world of dance, this is a truly inspiring tale.’ Sunday Telegraph
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Carlos Acosta makes dance look effortless, but the grace, strength and charm have come at a cost - here, in his own words, is the story of the price he paidSee all Product description
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Considering he isn't a professional writer, this is far better written than many autobiographies - though his editor should have been tougher on repetitiveness, especially towards the end.
But it's a compelling human story, even for readers who aren't particularly interested in dance.
It seems incredible that a boy from such a humble background, and with no particular inclination to dance, apart from Street Dancing, has come so far. His love for his family shines through. I loved the photos - they really added to the intimate feel of the book.
Carlos is STILL an amazing dancer (despite what someone has written here). He even managed to project his personality in the hell that is the vast O2 stadium! That personality comes across in the writing (though obviously he had to have an English translation) You can still hear his 'voice'.
Highly Recommended for ballet lovers and non-ballet lovers, as a great story of our times.
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