Friday Morning Bookclub

February 15, 2011

This Month’s Book: The True Memoirs Of Little K By Adrienne Sharp

Filed under: The True Memoirs of Little K — susanbright @ 3:15 pm

“My name is Mathilde Kschessinska, and I was the greatest Russian ballerina on the imperial stages. But the world I was born to, the world I was bred for is gone, and all the players in it are also gone……………

And so begins, Adrienne Sharp’s latest book, The True Memoirs of Little K, told in the voice of 100 year old Mathilde Kschessinska, prima ballerina of the Tsars Russian Imperial Ballet in St Petersburg.  Mathilde Kschessinska was born in Ligova, Russia in 1872.  She studied at the St Petersburg Imperial Ballet School with Ivanov, Johansson and Cecchetti.  At the age of 17, Mathilde was chosen from amongst the beautiful young women of the ballet as mistress to Tsarevich (a title given to the son the czar) Nicholes Romanov. Now, exiled to Paris, Mathilde Kscessinskas looks back on her life and sits down to record her memories. 

 Please join us in reading this month’s book, The True Memoirs of Little K, and learning about the scandalous life of Mathilde Kschessinska as well as the fascinating world of ballet.



  1. Wow… life can feel serendipitous… like threads of a tapestry coming together. I suppose most times I am oblivious but these events were so close together…
    My son is dating a ballerina and there has been talk about ballet. So, without knowing a thing about it… I saw the movie Black Swan (loved it!). So, when tickets at Hal’s office became available to Swan lake with the Russian ballet, I snapped them up and did research on the ballet history.
    And so, if you have started the book you will know where I am going with this. The Swan Lake we saw was a production of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with music by Tchaikovsky….and now I reading the booclub book about the same ballerina who was mentioned in all the research I did. I highly recommend this “Bolshoi Swan Lake – Pas de Quatre Small Swans.” It is an amazing one and a half minutes… albeit not Mrs. K.

    Comment by Ann Walter — February 17, 2011 @ 10:49 am | Reply

  2. Ann,How beautiful. I have not started the book yet, but am looking forward to do so. I read Adrienne Sharp’s first book, First Love which is about two dancers who are part of the New York City Ballet corp. Your son’s girlfrield may want to read the book!

    Comment by susanbright — February 17, 2011 @ 1:43 pm | Reply

    • I will ask Joseph to recommend. She’s in Israel for the semester but I get the distinct impression they talk just about every day… I may want to read it also! I love The True Memoirs of Little K. I am almost half way through. (I do understand this book is fictionalized but the little I found out about the real ballerina of the time parallels this story).

      Comment by Ann Walter — February 17, 2011 @ 7:03 pm | Reply

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