In a small, desperately poor village in north-east China, a young peasant boy sits at his rickety old school desk, interested more in the birds outside than in Chairman Mao's Red Book and the grand words it contains. But that day, some strange men come to his school - Madame Mao's cultural delegates. They are looking for young peasants to mould into faithful guards of Chairman Mao's great vision for China.
This is the true story of how that one moment in time, by the thinnest thread of a chance, changed the course of a small boy's life in ways that are beyond description. One day he would dance with some of the greatest ballet companies of the world. One day he would be a friend to a president and first lady, movie stars and the most influential people in America. One day he would become a star: Mao's last dancer, and the darling of the West.
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What a beautifully written story of the struggles; hardship and successes along the journey of Li Cunxin. It tells of the sacrifices, pain, sadness and fear, but also the triumphs and mastery of his passion for ballet. To have kept his family as the most important thing in his life is so precious.
I will not part with this one.
The movie does not do this book justice. I purchased this when it was first released and have read it at least five times. Li Cunxin's life as a child is unimaginable, but he describes it with such feeling and detail the reader really can be swept up in the adversities in which he lived. What a shining star! A fantastic book.
Amazing historical narrative
I vote 5 out of 5 stars