The Chosen Maiden

The Chosen Maiden

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Bronia is an extraordinary ballerina forever in the shadow of the legendary Nijinsky-- Russia's greatest dancer and her older brother. Overshadowed by Vaslav, plagued by a body deemed less than ideal and struggling against the constraints of her gender, Bronia will have to work triply hard to prove herself worthy. Her stunning discipline and mesmerizing talent will eventually elevate her to the highest stage in Russia: the prestigious, old-world Mariinsky Ballet. But as the First World War rages, and revolution sparks in Russia, Bronia will be forced to confront the choice between old and new; traditional and groundbreaking; safe and passionate.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780385678568
Characteristics: 412 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number: STACHNIAK, E


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Sep 19, 2018

Pa de deux, pointe work, fouette, entre...
The whole book is filled with ballet terms. What is understandable, based on its content. Y for someone it could be interesting. But I was a little bored.
Author kind of skips something important, she describes some facts from lives of characters but doesn't go into depths of emotional experiences. Like she's trying to fit fast all facts of life into one book. But the attempt remained just an attempt.
But thanks to this book , I began to search for more information about Nijinsky family, and this search was interesting.

SPL_Brittany Nov 02, 2017

A sweeping tale set during a tumultuous era of Russian and European history all seen through the eyes of Bronislava Ninjinska, the younger sister of famous ballet dancer Vaslav Ninjinsky. Talented in her own right as both a ballet dancer and choreographer, this novel looks at the dreams, struggles, hopes and realities of ballet dancers during this time period through Bronia's experiences. Stachniack again proves her prowess as a historical fiction writer, giving the reader a well researched time period that brings to life the dangerous and unstable political, social and economic climate during the Bolshevik revolution, the first world war, its aftermath and the cusp of the second world war. An enjoyable read for historical fiction fans who enjoy this time period as well as those who have an interest in ballet or Russian history.


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