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Mao's Last Dancer

Mao's Last Dancer

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By (author) Li Cunxin

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  • Publisher: Puffin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 125mm x 196mm x 31mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 6 July 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141320869
  • ISBN 13: 9780141320861
  • Sales rank: 2,820

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This is the true story of a poor Chinese peasant boy who, plucked unsuspectingly at the age of ten from millions of others across the land to be trained as a ballet dancer, turned the situation to his advantage to become one of the world's greatest ballet stars. Simply told, with charm, humour and compassion and at times, this is a great drama. His childhood, despite the terrible hardships, is drawn with love and affection and contrasts starkly with the seven lonely years of gruelling training at the Peking Dance Academy. At the age of l8, Li performs at the Houston Ballet school in the US, which leads to his dramatic defection. This is a condensed edition, specially for younger readers, and has an Afterword especially for children.

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Li Cunxin was born in 1961 near the city of Qingdao on the coast of north-east China. The sixth of seven sons in a poor rual family Li's peasant life in Chairman Mao's communist china changed dramatically when he was chosen by Madame Mao's cultural advisers to become a student at the Beijing Dance Academy. Li went on to become one of the best male dancers in the world. He now lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife and family.