Top positive review
Terrific. Forget the odd 'picky' review if HISTORY is your real enthusiasm.
on 10 August 2016
As someone who is no expert on ballet, I wasn't bothered about the amount of space devoted in Homans's book to dancers or choreographers of more recent years, whether American or European ones.
This is a stunning historical survey .... for example, in its treatment of ballet's development during the reign of Louis IV .... full of highly informative detail but never in the least ponderous. 'A History' it certainly is .... rather than a book for dance anoraks. If you read this tome in conjunction with Warren Lewis's (C.S.'s brother) highly evocative books 'The Splendid Century' and 'The Sunset of the Splendid Century' you will find 17th century French court life wonderfully illuminated; and, to stretch a point, certain aspects of the recent TV series 'Versailles' offer visual images that have not a little bearing too ..... notwithstanding the high degree of artistic licence :-)