Wild Swans Three Daughters of China (PDF)

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review Wild Swans Three Daughters of China ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub 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 authorAn engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China an unusual window on the female exp. 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 towards restoring your faith in it but no I m not going to leave it at that I m going to do this book justice because damn it it deserves itFor those of you who missed the hype back in the early 1990s Wild Swans is the true history of three generations of women living through the horrible nightmare that is modern Chinese history One is the author herself now a naturalised British citizen The second is her mother an earnest Communist who raised a large family at a time which was extremely bad for family life The third is her grandmother who was married off as a concubine to a warlord as a girl and lived to see her family suffer for this unfortunate connection again and again Using these three extraordinary lives as her main focus Jung Chang tells the history of China s even extraordinary twentieth century from the late ing Dynasty in the first decade of the century to the relatively free 1980s a period comprising the Republican era the battle between the Kwomintang and the Communists the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution It s gripping stuff even for those who know their Chinese history and it blew me away when I first read it halfway through my Chinese degree making me wonder for the first time but not the last whether I really wanted to devote the rest of my life to China It took me two years to decide that I did not but this book whose memory has always stayed with me played a large part in that decision To this day I vividly remember the horror I experienced when I read the long section about the Cultural Revolution It brought alive the terror of that particular episode of Chinese history better than any other book I d read and it shocked me to my core While Wild Swans is largely about the three women mentioned above the most interesting person in the book I hesitate to call him a character as he was obviously a very real person is the author s father a high ranking cadre who genuinely believed in the Communist ideals and strove all his life to implement them in daily life At first he is infuriating in his refusal to grant his wife and children the privileges to which they are entitled as his relatives on the grounds that to do so would amount to nepotism and corruption which is precisely what the Communists are supposed to be trying to eradicate but as the story progresses you realise that there is something uite heroic about Mr Chang that he is in his daughter s words a moral man living in a land that is a moral void By the time the Cultural Revolution rolls around the corner you feel such admiration for him that you d personally drag him away from the humiliations and beatings he receives for sticking to his guns if you could to prevent him having to experience that loss of faith and dreams which is bound to follow His is a tragedy with a capital T and it s harrowing one of the most painful things I ve read and then someYet for all the personal struggles described in the book and there are many of them the main struggling character of Wild Swans is China itself Chang does a great job chronicling what JG Ballard called the brain death of a nation sharing historical facts in a way non sinologists will understand and showing the cruelty and mercilessness inherent in the Chinese or should that be humanity in general She does a marvellous job describing the panic and unpredictability of the early Cultural Revolution when absolutely everybody could be denounced at the drop of a hat and when pettiness and lust for power reigned Along the road she provides fascinating insights into Mao Zedong s selfishness and megalomania and into the hypocrisy and incongruity of the movements he set in motion which brutalised human relationships like nothing else ever has And all these atrocities she juxtaposes with the integrity and courage of her parents and grandmother who get through it all with some hope and optimism left intact It s a riveting story and Chang tells it wellIf I have any complaints about Wild Swans they concern the first few chapters and the romanisation of names The early parts of the book which deal with events the author did not witness herself feel a bit aloof and lifeless It gets better once Chang starts telling about her parents and once she reaches the part of the story to which she herself was privy the Great Leap Forward the Cultural Revolution the book becomes uite unputdownable As for the romanisation I wish the publisher had hired an editor skilled in Pinyin as Chang s spelling of Chinese names is all over the place something non sinologists won t notice but which is an eyesore to me These are minor flaws though which hardly detract from the overall uality of the book Wild Swans is an intensely compelling read moving unsettling and unforgettable It should be compulsory reading for everyone remotely interested in China or in history in general

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review Wild Swans Three Daughters of China ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Erience 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 Revol. 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 physical pain at the loss of such an ancient culture during the Maoist regime I live in such an easy world with freedoms I don t even consider being thankful for Reading her family s story makes me look with a different perspective at my own life and the community and culture in which I was raised I want to tell everyone about it Die swaard verteer parents’ experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revol. 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 The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter plays out like a novel I never wanted to The Silver Pigs put it down Chang excels at Rock the Boat 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 Literarische Orte in Deutschsprachigen Erz�hlungen Des Mittelalters physical Reign of a King Kingdom Duet #1 pain at the loss of such an ancient culture during the Maoist regime I live in such an easy world with freedoms I don t even consider being thankful for Reading her family s story makes me look with a different Mr Black And White perspective at my own life and the community and culture in which I was raised I want to tell everyone about it

Jung Chang Ò 9 review

review Wild Swans Three Daughters of China ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ution 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. 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 facingChang starts off with her grandmother s story a concubine to a feudal lord she managed to escape to freedom with her daughter Chang s mother who in turn became a rebel and supported the communists Chang herself appears to be the least rebellious of these three women but that doesn t detract from her strength in facing the daily challenges of living in Communist China under Madman MaoOne of the most interesting things I found about this book was how it seamlessly depicted the enormous changes that took place in within a hundred years While the grandmother was fully immersed in traditional ways and superstitions this gradually changed over the years Another thing I really loved about this book is how Chang kept challenging the practice of Maoism by demanding why the status of women had not changed and why they were still subject to the old ideas and customs despite the communist revolution I loved how Chang managed to put her finger on the right places and ask the right uestionsWhile this book is a memoir of one single family Chang makes the attempt to weave in the broader political and historical issues of the times wherever appropriate This gives Wild Swans a much broader scope than most memoirs and provides a comprehensive understanding of Chinese history and politics over the last century I really appreciated this as Chang has obviously taken the time to research many things and has managed to keep a distance between her own experiences and historical factsOne last uestion that does remain to be answered Why has China not eschewed Mao yet It has been than forty years since he died and yet the official stance is one of reverence and deification The idea apparently is that it would hurt the image of the Communist Party but I genuinely fail to understand why The best thing anyone can do is to show Mao in his full idiocy to the masses But as it stands today his body is preserved and revered It s an insult to the entire country I am not surprised Wild Swans is banned in China as well as all of the other books by ChangIf you have even a remote interest in China Chinese people Chinese history or Chinese politics this book is a must read


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    Wild Swans Three Daughters of China (PDF) 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 s

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    Jung Chang Ò 9 review review · E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ò Jung Chang Wild Swans Three Daughters of China (PDF) 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 thatIt 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 behi

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    Free read Wild Swans Three Daughters of China review · E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ò Jung Chang Jung Chang Ò 9 review “ Father is close Mother is close but neither is as close as Chairman Mao”A fascinating description of one family's experiences of China's political upheavals across the 20th century focusing on Jung Chang’s grandmother mother and then herself Although the family are fairly privileged much of the time they still experience great hards

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    Wild Swans Three Daughters of China (PDF) 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 uestion 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

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    Free read Wild Swans Three Daughters of China Wild Swans Three Daughters of China (PDF) 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 al

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    Wild Swans Three Daughters of China (PDF) Jung Chang Ò 9 review Free read Wild Swans Three Daughters of China 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

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    Free read Wild Swans Three Daughters of China Jung Chang Ò 9 review Wild Swans Three Daughters of China (PDF) At a conference dinner some time in the mid 90s I found myself sitting next to this extremely impressive Chinese woman researcher bunch of freuently cited publications well read in three languages manages to look gorgeous as well I cast arou

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    Jung Chang Ò 9 review review · E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ò Jung Chang Free read Wild Swans Three Daughters of China 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

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    Wild Swans Three Daughters of China (PDF) If you read only one book about twentieth century China let this be the one A mish mash of personal memoir family saga hi

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    Wild Swans Three Daughters of China (PDF) Wild Swans is a candid and harrowing account of three remarkable Chinese women grandmother mother and daughter but also gives us a very good picture of what China was like from the turn of the Century to the 1980'sWe learn about the ancient culture of the Chinese which included much that was beautiful and some that seems cruel We learn of the

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