Robin Grove

Robin Grove reviews 'Mao’s Last Dancer' by Li Cunxin

October 2003, no. 255 01 October 2003
Robin Grove reviews 'Mao’s Last Dancer' by Li Cunxin
There were seven of them, as in a folk tale. The family was too poor to put shoes on their feet. They lived in a village called New. Hard though life was, they knew it would be worse without Kindly Leader, who was carrying the land into prosperity and joy. At present, however, the seven sons had little to eat. So wretched was the village that coal was mixed with dirt to help it last longer; they p ... (read more)