Mao's Last Dancer is a Memoir written by Chinese-Australian author Li Cunxin and first published in 2003.
Mao's Last Dancer is a Memoir written by Chinese-Australian author Li Cunxin and first published in 2003. It recounts his journey from a young, impoverished village boy destined to labor in the fields of China to a world-famous professional dancer. The narrator of the memoir, who grew up in a destitute rural household in China, was selected by Chinese Communist Party to become a ballet dancer trainee in Madame Mao's Beijing Dance Academy when he was eleven.
Li Cunxin has written a remarkable book about his own remarkable journey. It is really about the nature of family love, courage, and obsession. Mao’s Last Dancer is told with simplicity, but Li’s style is deceptive. It takes skill to write simply, just as it takes years of backbreaking work to make ballet look elegant and effortless. The Sydney Morning Herald. His story will appeal to an audience beyond Sinophiles and ballet aficionados.
Plucked from the abject poverty of his large family by Mao's cultural warriors, Li is chosen to be a ballet dancer, primarily because he didn't scream when his tendons and ligaments were torn to test his flexibility.
Mao's Last Dancer book. I listened to it as an audiobook and enjoyed Paul English’s accents. Li Cunxin provides anecdotes from his childhood that characterizes Mao's philosophy
Mao's Last Dancer book. It still astounds me to read about people living in communist states who have nothing but think they are living in better conditions than the rest of the world. Li Cunxin provides anecdotes from his childhood that characterizes Mao's philosophy. His young mind tries to find parallels between the folktales he is told as a child and Li Cunxin narrates his story in a matter-of-fact fashion that comes off as incredibly naive or coolly detached.
At the age of eleven, Li Cunxin was one of the privileged few selected to serve in Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution by studying at the Beijing Dance Academy. Having known bitter poverty in his rural China home, ballet would be his family's best chance for a better future. From one hardship to another, Cunxin demonstrated perseverance and an appetite for success that led him to be chosen as one of the first two people to leave Mao's China and go to American to dance on a special cultural exchange.
From a desperately poor village in northeast China, at age eleven, Li Cunxin was chosen by Madame Mao’s cultural delegates to be taken from his rural home and brought to Beijing, where he would study ballet. In 1979, the young dancer arrived in Texas as part of a cultural exchange, only to fall in love with America -and with an American woman.
com Spring 2004 Breakout Book . AudioFile Earphones Award Winner, Oct/Nov 2004. This is the true story of how, by the thinnest thread of a chance, one moment in time changed the course of a small boy's life in ways that are beyond imagination. One day he would become a star: Mao's last dancer, and the darling of the West. Œ heartening rags-to-riches story€¥ €" Publisher's Weekly€ŒThe listener's interest never flags €¦ imbues the narrative with ingenuousness and enthusiasm.
Li Cunxin, Paul English, Anna Burley. One day he would dance with some of the greatest ballet companies of the world.