Mao’s Last Dancer
by Li Cunxin
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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The true story of a poor Chinese peasant boy who, ripped out of the country at the age of tens of millions of others to be trained as a ballet dancer, turned the situation to his advantage and became one of the world’s greatest ballet stars.Simply put, with charm, humour and compassion and at the same time, great dramaHis childhood, despite the terrible trials, was drawn with love and affection, and contrasts sharply with the seven solitary years of exhausting training at the Beijing Academy of Dance.At the age of l8, Li performed Houston Ballet school in the United States, which led to his spectacular defection of the Houston Ballet School.This is a summary of the edition, especially for younger readers, and has a Postface especially for children.
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