Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
What an inspiring story this is, a must read! It’s the biography of the Chinese peasant boy who defects to the west and becomes a world famous ballet dancer. Written in a simple way, it’s amazing reading about communist China and his poverty struck childhood in a commune. They were always starving (it’s repulsive how we are all obsessed about food and dieting). When he arrives in America his impressions of seeing a plane, an escalator and going in a car for the first time is fascinating. And yes OK there is a love story!
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I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. Don’t forget to read Seabiscuit before the movex is released as well as The Girl with a Pearl Earring
Madness Visible by Janine DiGiovanni. The glamorous war correspondent who also writes for UK Vogue writes her story of the war in the Balkans.
“In his review of “Yellow Dog” (Miramax Books), British novelist Tibor Fischer hated the book so much that he described reading it as like “finding your favorite uncle being caught in a school playground, masturbating.” Peter Kemp of the Sunday Times described Amis as “a talent on its last legs.” from WWD