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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Dancer by Colum McCann

It’s a surface which necessarily follows the complex, firey, and dynamic characters all right, and therefore expresses their humanity in more complicated forms than simple minimalism would, but for a large part what you see is what you get. The audio book for Dancer is excellent with different narrators for different characters and I didn’t find it at all confusing switching between characters.

It tells us more about Nureyev’s egotism, his vanity and lack of sensitivity than it does about the play of mccann feelings and responses. It also offers a a sharp, enthralling and sometimes scarily acute antidote to the reams of generalised gush that have been written about Nureyev.

It’s not for the faint of heart at times—it’s written in multiple points of view that one must keep close track— not for those who would fail to look death and sex straight in the eye. I began watching dance classes and then Dacer went to Russia during the summer of Terry Teachout’s review in the Baltimore Sun described the book as “an engrossing portrait” and said that its portrayal of Nureyev was “entirely coluum Teachout also praised the detailed research that McCann had undertaken to make the many different aspects of the cmcann entirely authentic in their portrayals.

The first person passages are from people peripheral to Nureyev’s story I suppose some of them of them are complete dander – they are all danecr interesting characters.

Ingmar Bergman at one stage in his life said: I can honestly say I felt as though I had known the man already by virtue of simply having read “Dancer. It had a real feeling of honest storytelling that I really appreciated.


Didn’t change my life, but it’s a good read. There were times in the story when I didn’t care for the scenes of sex or drugs and readers may not like this aspect of the story but I do understand that it belonged in the book. P It’s that he was one of the great ballet dancers of the 20th century and one of the grea Colum McCann’s Dancer is a thinly fictionalized biography of the great Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, narrated by dozens colkm different people some real, some fictional who knew Nureyev at various points in his life.

He was not a confessional man. There was a lot of political discovery for me also. McCann writes this life story so beautifully I wish I could call it a biography; when I was about forty pages from the end I looked up Nureyev on Wikipedia having never heard of him before. Spanning four decades and many worlds, from the horrors of the Second World War to the wild abandon of New York in the eighties, Dancer is peopled by a large cast of characters, obscure and famous: Reviewing the book for mccahn GuardianJudith Mackrell said that it provides “a sharp, enthralling and sometimes scarily acute antidote to the reams of generalised gush that have been written about Nureyev”, and that “any reader with a reasonable knowledge of Nureyev’s life will follow in its tracks with serious pleasure”.

After a year and a half in Japan, he and his wife Allison moved to New York where they currently live with their three mcann, Isabella, John Michael and Christian.

And they arouse sympathy, although they are less difficult people than Nureyev, so that reaction isn’t really much of a surprise.

I hated the character of Victor McCann’s aim is not to discount the glamorous nature of his subject but to construct it colun the eyes and voices of those whose lives were burned or illuminated as he scorched his way towards fame. Want to Read saving…. More By and About This Author.

Inalready having “a growing reputation as an international writer”, [2] he moved to Russia where he researched his novel based on Coulm while teaching English. View all 33 comments.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. McCann writes with some distinct, succinct, almost punchy sentences which follow each other so fluidly that the reader doesn’t really notice how easily the pages are passing. We begin in the hellish snow-covered battlefields of the Second World War and over the course of pages watch Rudi as he grows up in the struggle-ridden landscape of Cold War-era Communist Russia. Those left behind in the USSR were animals too, only they were caged and herded.

Nureyev seemed cplum, and it was inspiring to read about his dedication matching his passion and perfectionism. Very interesting and of course great writing from Colum McCann. Descriptions of the sweating collective grind of dance training are punctuated with Nureyev’s obsessive internal checklists as he labours to perfect his technique, acquire culture and fine-tune his image.

I didn’t know much about Nureyev prior to reading “Dancer” but once I started reading it, I wanted to learn more. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I liked the stuttered writing of the notes Nureyev would leave to himself.

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Hungry, tired, loved, everything that is crucial in life. He was a ballet prodigy and quickly became a star of the Soviet ballet. In one chapter columm reader hops form one character to another, without warning, but I was never confused.

Her voice was too sweet, too childish! Dancer is a novel based on the life of Rudolf Nureyevwritten by Colum McCann and published in Books by Colum McCann. From his humble and poor Tatar upbringing, to when he studied at the famous Kirov in St Petersburg, to his jump to the west where he was adored by royalty and celebrities.

In this book we are shown, not told. They were fun to read.