No Way Home: A Dancer's Journey from the Streets of Havana to the Stages of the World by Carlos AcostaNo Way Home: A Dancer's Journey from the Streets of Havana to the Stages of the World by Carlos Acosta

No Way Home: A Dancer's Journey from the Streets of Havana to the Stages of the World

byCarlos Acosta

Paperback | December 30, 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.
Title:No Way Home: A Dancer's Journey from the Streets of Havana to the Stages of the WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:December 30, 2008Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

PART ONE
1973Ð1988

1. My Family

2. The Photograph

3. Beginning

4. The First Grand PliŽ

5. Plagued by Uncertainty

6. With Hate in My Heart

7. A Prisoner

8. Pinar del R’o

PART TWO
1989Ð1993

9. Take Off

10. The Grand Prix de Lausanne

11. History Repeats Itself

12. CheryÕs Decision

13. London at Eighteen

14. A Year Without Dancing

15. Beginning Again

16. Madrid

PART THREE
1993Ð2003

17. Fears and Insecurities

18. Back in Havana

19. The World Will Be Mine

20. Good-bye, Houston

21. The Lady and the Three Musketeers

22. A Moment of Happiness

Acknowledgments

Editorial Reviews

"The life of ballet dancer Carlos Acosta has all the hallmarks of a bestseller: rags to riches, romance, family tragedy, and a unique insight into growing up poor in Cuba in the 1980s. In No Way Home, Acosta's voice is instantly likeable." - Financial Times, London