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The Cranes Dance

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Loved it

    Not necessarily into ballet but well written and very interesting. I liked the honesty of the main character. Recommend.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    Written by a professional dancer, The Cranes Dance is the keenly

    Written by a professional dancer, The Cranes Dance is the keenly observed story of Kate, a Soloist with an elite New York ballet company who is trying to survive the final weeks of a season that may make or break her career, or, for that matter, even end her life.

    Kate's voice is so charming and amusing, we believe her at first when she tries to convince us she's doing just fine despite all the stress she's under. But as she takes us on an authentically detailed, unsentimental but often wryly loving tour of her life as a dancer, we begin to suspect she's deceiving both us and herself, and that beneath her brave banter she's near to breaking.

    The life of a Soloist in an elite dance company is exacting and exhausting just in itself. But the Principal Dancers – the stars of the Company – are dropping out with injuries and Kate is concealing her own painful injury to cover their roles. Her sister Gwen – one of those stars who's taken leave – is in fact having a terrifying emotional breakdown and although Kate has in truth done everything she could to hold her sister together, her parents and her own sense of guilt are pressuring her to do even more. Meanwhile, rather than support her through these escalating crises, Kate's boyfriend has left her cold – and again Kate tries to blame herself.

    It's all too true a story both in the arts and in family life: because she's a trooper, because she's the sensible child, Kate's asked to give more and more to the Company, her parents, her brother and her sister, and the men in her life while getting far too little in return.

    As Kate's season nears its close, we pray that this won't be a Cinderella story that lacks a final triumph, and that her wit and tremendous courage as a young woman and an artist – with a little help from her friends – will see her through to the victory she deserves.

    Although set in the world of dance, Kate's experience of the literal agony and occasional, merciful ecstasy of the life of an artist is equally true for athletes, writers, actors, musicians or any other performer or artist who is driven to do what she does best. By turns delightfully good-natured, deeply moving, and convincingly informed, it's a book those artists – and their fans, friends, lovers, parents, and anyone who wants to understand the reality behind the performance – will treasure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    I loved how detailed it was when it came to the ballet and dance

    I loved how detailed it was when it came to the ballet and dance bits, but the main character was rather boring. She was unsure about what she wanted from her sister, and didn't know what to expect from herself. Although the self reflecting was well written and honest the time skips were jumbled and kind of confusing to sort through. I was surprised when it did not reach my expectations, but all in all it was a decent read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Well done!

    If Suzanne Farrell was in The Catcher in the Rye you would have this book. If you enjoyed the movie, Black Swan you will probably enjoy this.

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  • Posted June 30, 2012

    Kept me reading, unsure about Meg

    This book kept me intrigued and constantly wondering if Gwen was really the one who was insane. I've read reviews where readers felt very sorry for her, as if she were a victim. Perhaps it's the honestly associated with living inside the charactors mind, but I didn't find Kate particularly likable or victimized. She seemed to make choices that very clearly led to consequences. This, of course, made her an interesting charactor to follow-because no one wants an entirely likable charactor, we want someone we can relate to, even guiltily. We want affirmations that we are not alone in our most sinister of thoughts-Kate gives us that. We are not alone.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    I loved this book. It sweeps you into the world of the ballet.

    I loved this book. It sweeps you into the world of the ballet. You learn the terrible physical and psychological toll it takes to be a serious dancer and the ephemeral joy dancing brings. The prose style is beautiful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

    Loved it.

    Loved it.

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    Posted May 22, 2012

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