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Dancer is a novel based on the life of Rudolf Nureyev, written by Colum McCann and published in Contents. 1 Background; 2 Plot and structure; 3 Critical. Novelist Colum McCann’s Dancer is the erotically charged story of the Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev as told through the cast of those who knew him: there is. From the acclaimed author of This Side of Brightness, the epic life and times of Rudolf Nureyev, reimagined in a dazzlingly inventive masterpiece-published to.

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And just give McCann the Pulitzer already All of the characters are richly detailed. It might well be that whatever you find enjoyably challenging when working on- never mind finishing- might just be your calling. I was reminded of an anecdote I’d heard about Michaelangelo and how he loved to sculpt out of marble- the “ecstasy”, as contrasted to “agony”- and the subsequent image of him as a workaholic who loved his studio and the rigors of the workshop, to say nothing of the final product.

Colum McCann is a brilliant Irish writer who, fortunately for his readers, is a compassionate, vivid and above all, wonderfully adept at bringing his characters to a wonderful life. This page was last edited on 3 Aprilat All the aspects of a Great Dancer. I mcxann the stuttered writing of the notes Nureyev would leave to himself.

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I loved this book, ask me to explain and I don’t know why. I don’t, however, want that to cloud the fact that Colum McCann has a true gift of creating voice and mood within the text.

But there were parts of it that I didn’t care for. This book is alive with the pulsing passion of the best of ballet.


It covers his good fortune in gaining the chance to study ballet in his home country, his success there and then his life, work, loves and excesses as a celebrity after his defection to the West.

I can’t wait to find another book by Colum McCann. I dncer wanted to question the idea of story-telling. I absolutely loved this book.

Dancer (novel) – Wikipedia

Other writers create new things: But then one night the father came home, sober — carrying a television set. There is a brutal chapter filled with sex and drugs, read by one of the male narrators. That too, with its staccato pulse, perfectly created cancer world of Nureyev at that time.

Colum McCann, too, writes floating novels. Was that part of a challenge you set yourself? In the 60’s he defects to Paris and news of his promiscuous, homosexual lifestyle was sent back home to his remaining family in order to smear his god-like status and dancing ability. I am listening to an audiobook with superb narration by several narrators, men and women who expertly pronounce the Russian dialect.

Boyle or Homer and Langley by E. When Yulia first started telling her story, I was really confused. McCann mixes first and third person narrative passages very effectively, bordering them with information from the historical record although – as you can tell from the opening page which lists things thrown onstage during Nureyev’s first Paris season – dance happily crosses the line between legend and history.

Colum McCann actually wrote an entire chapter without a period! Anyone can start living an artful life if they only pick up this book. In the novel, he has one. At an early age, something stands out about their child Jan 26, Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing. The basis of the facts are there.


Possible frustration was also mentioned by Suzy Hansen’s review in Salonin that the book does not give a clear picture of just what it is that makes Nureyev tick.

Before you call the MLA police, let me at least say that it was effective and created a fabulous tone for the coked-up hustler of whom the chapter revolved. The novel doesn’t romanticise ballet but it gets the hunger and the glory, the flukey moments of perfection. A few years ago I heard a story from an acquaintance of mine about how, as a seven-year-old who lived in Ballymun in the early s, his father used to come almost home every night and, well, beat up his family.

Aug 12, Joyce Williams rated it liked it. I hated the character of Victor The author also expertly lays the backdrop of Soviet Russia, along with the staggering fame, paranoia and hard-hitting party life that led Rudi down a perverse path that would eventually kill him. McCann admits freely to his dependence on Nureyev’s biographers in writing this novel, but he is oddly grudging in the information he passes on to his own readers.

Journey not the destination, blahblahblah Advance copies will be available here on GoodReads!!!! As a writer you want to see inside the dark corners in order to make sense of the room that has already been swept clean or clean-ish by historians, critics, and journalists.

You can do anything and have anyone.