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Paris Nights : My Year at the Moulin Rouge (Hardcover) (Cliff Simon & Loren Stephens)

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Taking a look back, we see twelve-year-old Cliff helming aracing dinghy in the midst of a thunderstorm on the Vaal River. His father yells at him not to be a sissy, and he brings the boat back to shore alone.We then travel to London with his family escaping the tumult of Apartheid.He trains for the Olympics, but drops out, enrolling in the South African military where he subjected to harsh treatment and name calling – Fokken Jood. After a honorable discharge, he works in cabaret at seaside resorts and is recruited as a gymnast in a cabaret, where he realizes that the stage is his destiny. The memoir fast forwards to Cliff’s meteoric rise at the Moulinfrom swing dancer to principal in “Formidable.” Off stage he gets into fights with street thugs, hangs out with diamond smugglers, and has his pick of gorgeous women. With a year at the Moulin to his credit, doors open for him internationally and back in South Africa. He earns a starring role in “Egoli: Place of Gold,” and marries his long-time girlfriend, Colette. On their honeymoon to Paris, Cliff says, “Merci Paris for the best year of my life.”

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Paris Nights - My Year At The Moulin Rouge

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Arctic Goddess — 1 year ago
This book should be a movie. Hollywood studios, where are you? If the aim of a good memoir is to let the reader into someone’s life and give them a taste of some interesting and unique experiences, then this book meets the mark. It gives the reader information about the author’s early life and what ...  see moreof Arctic Goddess's review
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    kirkus review — 1 year ago
    KIRKUS REVIEW Simon recounts his time at the fabled Moulin Rouge in Paris and how it led to his career in Hollywood in this debut book. After a varied life in South Africa, England, and the United States as a gymnast, elite swimmer, and member of the South African Air Force, Simon was working as a...  see moreof kirkus review's review
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