Over the minor-key sounds of modern piano, the kind voice of a grown man (the wonderful Paul English) ushers the listener into what sounds like a fairy tale: A young boy in China, living on "bleak farming lands" with his large, impoverished family, attaches a wish to a kite.
Listener, if real life sometimes seems like a fairy tale, this is it. For this is the children’s version of Mao’s Last Dancer, the autobiography of Li Cunxin, a ballet dancer who escaped Mao’s China at the age of 20 and became the principal artist at the Australian ballet and critic of the Mao regime. This very brief audiobook, lovingly produced with a background score, takes the listener on Li’s inspiring odyssey.
In a poor village in northern China, a small boy is about to be taken away from everything he's ever known. He is so afraid, but his mother urges him to follow his dreams. For soon he will become a dancer, one of the finest dancers in the world...
So begins The Peasant Prince, the true story of Li Cunxin's extraordinary life. Based upon his internationally best-selling memoir, Mao's Last Dancer, this remarkable work captures the essence of one of the most inspiring stories to come from China in many years. Li's journey of courage and determination is simply told, and is as powerful as any fairy tale..