- File Size: 1279 KB
- Print Length: 368 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (January 28, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 28, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F3D8KKQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #668,472 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I’ve never been much of a dancer myself, but you know when a book lets you feel like you inhabit someone’s soul? That’s how this book is. You get to live in the soul of an (injured) dancer, struggling with what success means to her, self-esteem and body issues, as she redefines who she is to the world.
Personally, I haven’t danced since I was a kid in ballet classes, but I remember, even at that young age, how deeply aware I was of the pressure around weight and body type and my own not fitting in.
This book gave me new empathy for how feeling like our body ‘isn’t right’ is pervasive and so much more to do with the world around us, than how our bodies actually are.
No spoilers, but the book is beautifully written, and will make you smile and root for Penelope Sparrow, it’s dancer heroine. And if you become attached to the characters (like I did ) you may also cry at points.
I’ve never read a novel that captures the spirit of living through dance in the way this does. Kathryn Craft is one of the best authors out there for getting raw emotion on the page. A 100% recommended read.
Penny is frustrated at her inability to move, and her seemingly slow recovery. She is a dancer and movement means everything to her. She must relearn everything, starting from the slightest of motions as her body heals from the battering it took in the fall. The story revolves around Penny's recovery and the warped self-image she has of her body compared to other professional dancers.
I was quite confused at first as it took three chapters to find out what had happened to Penelope. In that time my mind came up with many different scenarios, all of which did not come into fruition. When I did finally read what happened my mind quickly jumped to "was it attempted suicide or attempted murder" since her dance partner/boyfriend/lover was MIA from the very beginning. All in all I did not like Penelope not one little bit. I found her self possessed with an "it's all about me" attitude.
Those who are interested in dance will find this book to their delight. The rest of us would find this book so-so and merely a way to pass time. From me - 3 stars at most.
The book starts out with a young woman named Penny in a hospital in terrible pain and she has no recollection how she got there - it turns out that she survived a 14 story fall from her apartment's balcony. Did she jump or did she fall? Penny's story unfolds throughout the book as well as the development of new relationships that come about as a result of her accident.
Worth reading, a work of exceptional writing and detail that was written with so much love for the characters and the world of dance.
Penny's life is defined by her skill as a ballet dancer. Her entire life has revolved around the ballet since she was a child. Considering her severe injuries, would she ever dance again? If she could no longer dance, who was she? As a confirmed balletomane, I was immediately reminded of Dancing on My Grave by Gelsey Kirkland, chronicling her descent into drugs and her efforts to shine again.
One major difference between Penny and Ms. Kirkland, however, is body type. Penny's body does not fit the mold proscribed for ballerinas. Even if she recovers, she will have to prove herself again. The mirror, tape measure and scale are her enemies. Eating disorders are common, but it never occurs to Penny that she has one. Anyone who has seen the bare feet of a ballerina was probably as shocked as I was. These beautiful, graceful women are walking on deformed and damaged feet. But feet can be hidden; an imperfect body cannot. Gain a few pounds or grow in stature, and a dancer can kiss her career goodbye. This book should be a cautionary tale.
Above all, The Art of Falling is a wonderful story of three friends who meet in the hospital room. I loved Penny, Angela and Marty. Three different people, who most likely would have never met, form a strong support system for one another. They are so vividly portrayed that I grew unusually attached to each one.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes a good story. Although I read the book carefully, I finished it in one rainy afternoon - a good book, a cup of tea and a gentle rain are my definition of paradise.
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My review apparently needs 3 more words although I’ve said what I need to say!
I did try to read it, but, sorry.