19 August 2010

Favorites: Dancer by Colum McCann

"The night went by, our desires hidden, as if sewn inside coat sleeves.  It was not that we even took our coats off, it was the touch, the shiver of recognition when our sleeves met as we lit each other's cigarettes."

This is from Dancer by Colum McCann who is now one of my favorite authors seeing as I just devoured his Let the Great World Spin and, immediately after, picked up this novel based on the life of Rudolf Nureyev... I have always been intrigued by Nureyev... his artistry and his fire... watching him dance even on the small stage of a television screen it was like sparks were flying from his hands and feet.  This is the kind of delicious novel that keeps me up way too late at night.

4 comments:

Laurent said...

I completely love this book, and regard it as the best by far of one's 3 "biographies" of Nureyev. The portrait you select is beyond comment; I hope it circulates very broadly, and floods the plain with gorgeousness.

W.E. said...

I fear that I will finish this book far too soon! It is pure magic. Vivid, lush, dynamic...much like Nureyev's dancing. So pleased that you are in agreement Laurent!

Laurent said...

Connoisseurs of "the exact martini," to give Fitzgerald's diction a name everyone can understand, are going to come back to this place, and when they find the word, "lush," employed in this way, they are going to weep. This strikes me as unfair, but I adjust.

W.E. said...

I can only hope for tears of joy... a shower of happiness... a flood crashing over rosy cheeks.