Written by the author who was raised in a desperately poor village during the height of China's Cultural Revolution, this book tells the story of how he came to be Mao's last dancer.
Raised in a desperately poor village during the height of China's Cultural Revolution, Li Cunxin's childhood revolved around the commune, his family and Chairman Mao's Little Red Book. Until, that is, Madame Mao's cultural delegates came in search of young peasants to study ballet at the academy in Beijing and he was thrust into a completely unfamiliar world. When a trip to Texas as part of a rare cultural exchange opened his eyes to life and love beyond China's borders, he defected to the United States in an extraordinary and dramatic tale of Cold War intrigue. Told in his own distinctive voice, this is Li's inspirational story of how he came to be Mao's last dancer, and one of the world's greatest ballet dancers.
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Reviewed by Liz from Cape Town on 22 February 2011
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If you're into the East or into Dance or into Autobiographies or just a Good Read - then buy this book. I found it really interesting. Always love a true life story and this one is worth reading. Thanks kalahari.net for a great read!