Dancing on My Grave

An Autobiography
Kirkland, Gelsey (Book - 1986)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Dancing on My Grave
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The shattering story of a dream which became a heartbreaking nightmare for one of America's most famous ballerinas, Gelsey Kirkland, who chronicles her brilliant start as a dancer with George Balanchine, her legendary partnership with Mikhail Baryshnikov, her agonizing descent into drugs, and her struggles to rise again. Photographs.
Authors: Kirkland, Gelsey
Title: Dancing on my grave
an autobiography
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1986
Edition: 1st ed
Additional Contributors: Lawrence, Greg
ISBN: 0385199643
Branch Call Number: B K595
Statement of Responsibility: by Gelsey Kirkland with Greg Lawrence
Subject Headings: American Ballet Theatre Ballet dancers United States Kirkland, Gelsey
Topical Term: Ballet dancers
LCCN: 86008857
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Apr 13, 2012
  • einekatze rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was interested in this because I recently read "Various Positions" (Martha Schabas), a really good novel about ballet in which the main character admires Gelsey Kirkland and mentions her biography as a favourite book. Now, the first third was engrossing but the last two thirds I felt resigned from, they weren't engaging. It seemed like all she was doing was going on and on, complaining and blaming other people for her hardships, while neglecting to find any strength of character in herself to change her situation. Disappointing and the ending wasn't worth slogging through all those pages. I felt like she lost interest writing the book and just wanted to get it over with.


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