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Nureyev Paperback – 3 Jun 1999
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Rudolf Nureyev, the most celebrated dancer of his age ¿ the first true account of his life
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The extraordinary life of this man is one that should be told with depth, going into meticulous detail as to be a worthy tribute to the man himself. Richly detailed and sympathetic I would urge and dance fans to read this insightful biography, as you will find it thrilling and a riveting read. It is the most candid and dependable account I have found, that like its subject is quite impossible to upstage. The book is adorned with the most wonderful photographs of Nureyev himself, dancing both on and offstage and alongside Margot in various modern and classical ballets (i.e. Romeo and Juliet being the most celebrated), and his closest friends in the dance world. His story is both romantic, controversial and a tragedy with plenty of ups and downs as to keep you gripped to the page throughout. I cannot fault this brilliant book for being a delightful and intensely enthralling, attention-grabbing read.
It might possibly be too detailed on the ballets and technical details for someone who knows little about ballet, but is superb on Nureyev's personal life without ever being intrusive or prurient. The last chapters are incredibly sad as the aging Nureyev refuses to stop dancing as if he has no other identity other than as a dancer and no home other than the stage.
More photos would have been good although I guess there are so many other books on Nureyev that focus on capturing him photographically that there was little need.
But altogether this is an excellent record of an amazing man, without any of the gossipy speculation of the Peter Watson book.
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