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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China Jung Chang Wild Swans Three Daughters of China The story of three generations in twentieth century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history a bestselling classic in thirty languages with than ten milli

  • Title: Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
  • Author: Jung Chang
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  • Page: 440
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  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China Jung Chang The story of three generations in twentieth century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history a bestselling classic in thirty languages with than ten million copies sold around the world, now with a new introduction from the author.An engrossing record of Mao s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience inThe story of three generations in twentieth century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history a bestselling classic in thirty languages with than ten million copies sold around the world, now with a new introduction from the author.An engrossing record of Mao s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love, Jung Chang describes the extraordinary lives and experiences of her family members her grandmother, a warlord s concubine her mother s struggles as a young idealistic Communist and her parents experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then worked as a peasant, a barefoot doctor, a steelworker, and an electrician As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, moving and ultimately uplifting detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history.
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    1. Wild Swans may well be the most depressing book I ve ever read Don t let that keep you from giving it a try, though, for by some strange mechanism, it also ranks among the most uplifting books I ve read, chronicling as it does a courage, resilience and will to survive which are nothing short of riveting I could sum the book up by saying it s the greatest ode to courage and resilience ever written, or that it s one of those rare books which make you despair of humanity and then go a long way towa [...]

    2. At first I did not want to voice my opinion of this book since it cut so near to the bone and was such a profound shock to read in 1993 It was, however, the first book, after reading Isabelle Allende, that kept me awake for several weeks afterwards No other book ever managed to achieve that.It certainly is a depressing book, no beating around the bush about that, but also such a courageous introduction to a life of people shut away behind the veil of communism My overall impression of the book w [...]

    3. Cisnes salvajes es el relato de la juventud de la autora, la historia de su madre y de su abuela, mujeres incre blemente valientes que tuvieron que pasar por el infierno de nacer en la China del siglo XX.Creo que es uno de esos libros con los que es imposible no enfurecerse o llorar de rabia y tristeza por la crueldad e idiotez del ser humano Por suerte el libro tambi n est lleno de personas maravillosas.No dejo de darle vueltas al hecho de que a n hoy la Historia de China y la dictadura de Mao [...]

    4. How far could Chinese patriarchy go in the early twentieth century to make the lives of women sheer humiliation and misery Here in Wild Swans we have that question tidily answered This is a tale of the lives of three generations of Chinese women the author, her mother and her grandmother Author Jung Chang s grandmother had her feet bound a hideously painful process undertaken solely so that some man might one day find her lustworthy enough to take as a concubine The years long process of foot bi [...]

    5. One of the most fascinating books I have ever read Not only do I feel I got an honest history of communist China, its story plays out like a novel I never wanted to put it down Chang excels at pulling it together for you showing you the differences between her Grandmother s life, her mother s life and her own, moving chronologically in a manner that makes such good sense I completely followed it despite my absolute dearth of knowledge on the subject of China I wept with her and felt an almost ph [...]

    6. A fascinating description of one family s experiences of China s political upheavals during the 20th century Although Jung Chang s family are fairly privileged much of the time, they still experience great hardships being an official and Party member was no guarantee of immunity from persecution and even torture.HARD TO CATEGORISE BUT DON T BE DAUNTEDIt s part biography autobiography and part a historical political psychological exposition of how Communist China came into being and to how it mai [...]

    7. 165 Wild Swans Three Daughters of China, Jung Chang 1952 2001 1379 701 9646984185 1876 20 1876 1992 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

    8. If you read only one book about twentieth century China, let this be the one A mish mash of personal memoir, family saga, history, feminist literature, and global and Chinese politics, Wild Swans Three Daughters of China covers it all vividly The book covers the life of Jung Chang s grandmother, her mother, and herself over the course of a China that was constantly changing in response to the changing times and the challenges it was facing.Chang starts off with her grandmother s story a concubin [...]

    9. We bought this book before a trip to Beijing in 2005, but was particularly slow with their delivery and it arrived just a couple of days before our departure My husband began reading the book on the plane and even though the book is banned in China, our bags weren t searched so our copy made it into the country without any problem , but didn t finish it until well after we d returned home At that point, my interest had waned a bit In addition, I just don t like to read sad books, and my husband [...]

    10. Simply put, Wild Swans is a poor man s Life and Death in Shanghai Reason being that that while the initial chapters about Jung Chang s grandmother are informative and interesting as it gives us a peek into the life of people in Pre Communist China as the book progresses, Chang s ignorance as she was a little girl at that time about the events happening around her becomes a permanent annoyance I am not saying that Chang was still ignorant about what happened in China during the Great Leap Forward [...]

    11. This is a very rare book which has convinced thousands of its readers here at to give it the highest rating possible solely on the strength of the story in it Those who look for unique writing styles, or breathtaking passages, memorable quotes, wordplays, or interesting new words will not find anything here The author, who was born and who grew up in China, learned the rudiments of the English language when she was already a young adult So she wrote this in an English which is just enough to com [...]

    12. I am daunted by the prospect of commenting on this book Jung Chang tells the story of her grandmother who was a concubine to a warlord general before marrying a compassionate and principled Manchu doctor, and was one of the last generation to suffer the disabling practice of foot binding.She tells the story of her mother, revolutionary, committed communist, wife of a passionate political leader, whose support for the regime finally collapsed in the face of inexpressibly extreme onslaughts of vio [...]

    13. Wild Swans presents the story of three generations in the life of the author s family, which covers most of the 20th century, as well as the amazing social, political and economic changes occurring in China as a whole We move from the portrait of a concubine with bound feet to a woman who worked alongside her Communist Party husband to bring Party ideals to fruition, then on to the granddaughter who is among the first of her generation to be allowed to leave the country to study.Along the way, t [...]

    14. After reading Margitte s excellent review just now and browsing through this book again, I ve decided to up my rating I see that I read this hardback in 1993 I will, when I get the time, reread it just to see how I now view it.It s the story of three Chinese woman and it is a memoir of Jung Chang, her mother and her grandmother.There are wonderful photos portraying China s history, although not necessarily pleasant memories.The author grew up in Manchuria under Japanese and then Russian occupati [...]

    15. At a conference dinner some time in the mid 90s, I found myself sitting next to this extremely impressive Chinese woman researcher bunch of frequently cited publications, well read in three languages, manages to look gorgeous as well I cast around for something to say I liked that Wild Swans book, I hazarded Do you know it She looked at me scornfully Any Chinese woman could have written that she replied There are a hundred million stories just like it I must admit I had a little trouble believin [...]

    16. I have always liked history, but my biggest fascination lies and has lain for years in the history, culture, mythology and politics of Japan and China So as you can guess, Wild Swans Three Daughters of China was everything I could have ever wanted The amount of insight I gained from this read is invaluable, and yet, it didn t read like a history textbook Instead it is an entertaining, albeit harrowing, memoir depicting the joys and struggles of three Chinese women of the same family through thre [...]

    17. Thick Voluminous Its Flamingo edition has 696 pages I laid it aside many times I didn t know how to finish it , but I wanted to heap it soon onto the other books read and unread I was obsessed with the other new books I had splurged on When I gave it a shot for the third time I was so already excited that I was close to its real life saga ending Then, I was stuck again, in some harrowing parts I had to understand by heart and turn over in my mind There, I trudged along I was almost cross eyed at [...]

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