The ballet school of Madame Holbein in London is a wonderful little world of clashing temperaments, with its devotees and its novices, its ambitions and absurdities, its cosmopolitan spirit in the midst of prosaic Britain. No character in years has been more appealing than Madame, the heroic old prima ballerina, who is now a stern taskmistress to young aspirants. We share the pain of her calamities as we share the joy of her triumph; and we follow with equal sympathy the emotional pirouettings of her troupe. There is a love story here, and a success story; there are old young men and women, and ever-youthful veterans; there is glamour tempered by ridicule, and tragedy saved by high spirits. Miss Godden loves her characters and maked you share her love for them. She knows their exacting vocation through and through, and gives you - whether you care about ballet or not - a sense of the pride and passion and discipline demanded of its adherents.
(book jacket description)
Original title: A Candle for Saint Jude
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Performing Arts
Fiction→ General Fiction