A Dancer's Journey from the Streets of Havana to the Stages of the World
On Sale: May 6, 2008
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Carlos Acosta, the Cuban dancer considered to be one of the
world's greatest performers, fearlessly depicts his journey
from adolescent troublemaker to international superstar in
his captivating memoir, No Way Home.
Carlos was just another kid from the slums of Havana; the
youngest son of a truck driver and a housewife, he ditched
school with his friends and dreamed of becoming Cuba's best
soccer player. Exasperated by his son's delinquent
behavior, Carlos's father enrolled him in ballet school,
subjecting him to grueling days that started at five thirty
in the morning and ended long after sunset.
The path from student to star was not an easy one. Even as
he won dance competitions and wowed critics around the
world, Carlos was homesick for Cuba, crippled by loneliness
and self-doubt. As he traveled the world, Carlos struggled
to overcome popular stereotypes and misconceptions; to
maintain a relationship with his family; and, most of all,
to find a place he could call home.
This impassioned memoir is about more than Carlos's rise to
stardom. It is about a young man forced to leave his
homeland and loved ones for a life of self-discipline,
displacement, and physical hardship. It is also about how
the heart and soul of a country can touch the heart and
soul of one of its citizens. With candor and humor, Carlos
vividly depicts daily life in communist Cuba, his feelings
about ballet -- an art form he both lovesand hates -- and
his complex relationship with his father. Carlos Acosta
makes dance look effortless, but the grace, strength, and
charisma we see onstage have come at a cost. Here, in his
own words, is the story of the price he paid.
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