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White Swan, Black Swan (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Paperback – November 26, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
There is a disclaimer at the beginning that says that much of what the reader will see is the product of the author's imagination. However, at the end of the book there is a list of biographies the author used, so how close this book is to reality is hard to judge. The author also spent years in the ballet, so it is not unreasonable to presume some of what she has written was experienced or witnessed.
There are major talents that will be familiar to the reader, Margot Fonteyn, George Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alexander Godunov, and many more. The author never questions their talent, at least when they are at their best, however when it comes to their private lives, and their conduct toward their peers, these people are often very easy to dislike despite the talent they had. Their private lives are often self-destructive which is in keeping with the general theme of the book.
There are moments when the brilliance of those that practice this art is described with all the admiration for their gifts they deserve.Read more ›
However, I was puzzled by Sharp's stories featuring well-known dancers. These were scarcely fictionalized accounts similar to those I've read in biographies or magazine articles. They provided me no additional insight into the inner lives of these famous folks and I wondered why Sharp had bothered, when her fictional characters were so good.
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Adrienne Sharp is an excellent writer. Her prose is amazing - literary and entertaining at once. Highly recommended!Published 19 months ago by Optimistic Reader
This book wasn't original enough and seemed like it took too many details from Suzanne Farrell's autobiography. Certain factual specifics that Ms. Read morePublished on August 19, 2010 by dc metro area
The stories, character development and structure of this novel all contribute to the brilliance of this twisted canvas. The book neither starts nor ends. Read morePublished on August 19, 2005 by Shelley Whitehurst
Adrienne Sharp, a former ballerina in New York City, writes with the wisdom of her experience and the passion of her art. Read morePublished on July 24, 2005 by Rudy Avila
Adrienne Sharp's book is one of the most highly literary books I have ever read. Her prose-like narrative is so moving that this book is hard to put down. Read morePublished on June 29, 2004
I purchased this book looking for a "light read" while on business travel. Almost immediately I was more interested in the author's fact and fiction mix-match than I was... Read morePublished on January 8, 2003
I did not like this book because the stories were, in fact fiction, but used the real names of dancers. Read morePublished on January 5, 2003