January 26th, 2006

livre d'or

Book: Mao's last dancer

Author: Li Cunxin

Details: (c) Li Cunxin 2003; Pub Viking 2003; ISBN 0-670-04024-X

Verdict: Mao's last dancer is an honest account of a fasincating life-story.

Reasons for reading it: The author is a friend of my uncle's (having children about the same age as my little cousins), and my uncle gave a signed copy of the book to Granny at some point. Granny is very much enamoured of the book and has been trying to get everyone to read it. So I pretty much had to read it because Granny was getting more offended the more months I spent reading other things!

How it came into my hands: Granny managed to lose her copy for several months. When I was staying with my uncle in Australia, he bought a replacment copy and got Li to sign it for Granny again, but the minute he did that, the original copy turned up. So there it was waiting for me on my desk when I got home.

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I don't know that I would particularly bother with this book if it weren't for the personal connection, but I did learn something from it.
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