I threw my neck out in the middle of Swan Lake last night So begins the tale of Kate Crane, a soloist in a celebrated New York City ballet company who is struggling to keep her place in a very demanding world At every turn she is haunted by her close relationship with her younger sister, Gwen, a fellow company dancer whose career quickly surpassed Kates, but who has recently suffered a breakdown and returned home Alone for the first time in her life, Kate is anxious and full of guilt about the role she may have played in her sisters collapse As we follow her on an insider tour of rehearsals, performances, and partners onstage and off, she confronts the tangle of love, jealousy, pride, and obsession that are beginning to fracture her own sanity Funny, dark, intimate, and unflinchingly honest, The Cranes Dance is a book that pulls back the curtains to reveal the private lives of dancers and explores the complicated bond between sisters....
|Title||:||The Cranes Dance (Vintage Contemporaries)|
|Publisher||:||Vintage 15 Mai 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||384 Seiten|
|File Size||:||660 KB|
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The Cranes Dance (Vintage Contemporaries) Reviews
Ein Einblick in ein Tänzerleben in New York - mit allen Höhen und Tiefen die es in diesem Soziotop zu erleben gibt. Man spürt richtig die Theaterluft - beim Lesen meint man fast, das Knistern der Tüll Röcke zu hören
Kate Crane is a soloist in a famed New York ballet company. She's never quite achieved true fame, but she is well-respected and has the opportunity to dance many featured roles in a number of ballets. Her younger sister, Gwen, also a ballet dancer in the same company, quickly eclipsed Kate in terms of talent and stardom, but after injuring herself and suffering a bit of a breakdown, Gwen has returned to their childhood home in Michigan. Gwen's absence gives Kate the opportunity to dance outside of her sister's shadow, but it also leaves her alone with her own thoughts of guilt, for recognizing Gwen's symptoms long ago but not getting her the help she needed, as well as her own obsessions of perfection. "At some point you did something perfectly and now your whole life is a search to re-create that," Kate said at one point in the book.The Cranes Dance follows Kate as she starts getting the chance to play a more prominent role in the ballet company as she struggles with an injury of her own, as well as questioning about her talent and her own mental toughness. Her relationships with her friends and mentors are fraught with unspoken tension caused by one issue or another, and she finds herself torn between wanting Gwen to recover and return to New York City, and not wanting to have to be her sister's keeper any longer. This book gives a warts-and-all glimpse into the ballet world, the different personalities that occupy it, and the passions that drive it. (Meg Howrey was once a professional dancer, so her authenticity rings true.)I really enjoyed this book because it was more than just a story about a ballet company--it is a story about relationships, a story about battling your demons and coming to terms with your own strengths and weaknesses, and a story about how you can find yourself simultaneously needing and resenting the same person. Kate's voice is at times humorous, sarcastic, needy, sad, hopeful, and passionate, and Howrey juggles all of those emotions quite well. Kate and Gwen's relationship is a very complex one, and Howrey straddles a fine line between who did the hurting and who wound up hurt. It's a very enjoyable and compelling read, and I'd highly recommend Howrey's first book, Blind Sight, which I loved last year, and included it on my list of the best books I read in 2011.
The Cranes Dance is a book I hold very close to my heart, as a young girl who has been studying ballet for the past 15 years there isn't much out there in this world that you can relate to. Ballet makes sure of that. But Meg finds a way to completely embody a professional dancer, someone tired from the wear and tear, and she makes the character honest, funny, likable. If you do or have done ballet seriously this is a must read, and if you looking for the honest truth about what it's really like to be a dancer this by far the best that I've found. Kate is a masterpiece of a character and her development will make you reflect on yourself immensely. I've read it over 20 times, and it never ceases to take my breathe away.
I adore this book. I love the sense of humor that comes from the main character, and I love even more the evolution of her from the beginning to the end. She definitely falls into the category of "unreliable narrator," and what she presents as her true thoughts and feelings at the beginning are not necessarily what she really thinks and feels. A very engaging read.
I'm halfway through the book and I've been thinking about how grating I find the main character's smugness, for example when she refers to non-dancers as 'civilians' and assumes that they won't understand a French term like 'réverence'.And then I come across this, on page 169, as said character muses on what to do with her and her sister's old ballet clothes: 'It's not like I can donate this stuff. What isn't nasty is full of holes, and what needy person wants a leotard? But you never know. There might be a starving one-legged blind peasant child in China who needs some leg warmers. Or one leg warmer, I guess'.A bit too callow, isn't it? I of course don't need a character to be 'nice' and enjoy bitchiness and wry humor as much as the next person, but this is a bit too much. I'm not sure I want to read 300+ pages of a privileged brat's navel-gazing comments and cattiness. If you're interested in the world of ballet, Maggie Shipstead's 'Amaze Me' might be a better choice.
This book was beautifully written and I loved how it unfolded. The dynamic between Kate and her sister is well written and pulls you in. This book is not only about Kate discovering herself, personally and professionally, but letting go of her sister and realizing that she can't save her from mental illness. The book unfolds and pulls you in, and there are parts that are very humorous, especially her description of Swan Lake! I would recommend this book, but I would not consider this a light read, it leaves you with a lot to think about. I can't wait to read more from this author.