THE DANCING MAN by Ruth Bornstein


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Another empty, oh-so-grave conceit, with pictures whose only character is derivative--of Sendak in his generalizing, posturing (The Moon Jumpers) period and the poses of Marcel Marceau. A nameless, restless boy in a poor Baltic-Sea village is presented with a pair of dancing shoes by an unknown old Dancing Man, grows up and dances off in them, does appropriate gestural dances for everyone he meets (""the snow melting and the first small bird of spring"" for a sick girl, etc.), and, aging, winds up on the Baltic shore where he leaves the shoes for a boy who looks just as he did. A slathering of mood in lieu of a play of emotions.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1978
Publisher: Seabury