Jung Chang Wild Swans Three Daughters of China To my grandmother and my father who did not live to see this book Auth. Wild Swans – Three Daughters of China is written by a contemporary Chinese woman, Jung Chang (), who narrates the story of a century of her ancestors . This books (Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China [PDF]) Made by Jung Chang About Books Title: Wild Swans(Three Daughters of China).
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How to Make Love All Night doesn't matter. Previous experience doesn't matter. Young or old, virgin How to Make Love All. Read Wild Swans by Jung Chang for free with a 30 day free trial. It was my mother who finally inspired me to write Wild Swans, the stories of my grandmother. Jung Chang [Zhang Rong], the author of Wild Swans, comes from an entirely different generation than Wu Ningkun. The “offspring of a high-ranking cadre,”.
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Her gently raised mother struggled with hardships in the early days of Mao's revolution and rose, like her husband, to a prominent position in the Communist Party before being denounced during the Cultural Revolution.
Chang herself marched, worked, and breathed for Mao until doubt crept in over the excesses of his policies and purges. Born just a few decades apart, their lives overlap with the end of the warlords' regime and overthrow of the Japanese occupation, violent struggles between the Kuomintang and the Communists to carve up China, and, most poignant for the author, the vicious cycle of purges orchestrated by Chairman Mao that discredited and crushed millions of people, including her parents.
Bursting with drama, heartbreak and horror, this extraordinary family portrait mirrors China's century of turbulence. Chang's grandmother, Yu-fang, had her feet bound at age two and in was sold as a concubine to Beijing's police chief.
Yu-fang escaped slavery in a brothel by fleeing her "husband" with her infant daughter, Bao Qin, Chang's mother-to-be. Growing up during Japan's brutal occupation, free-spirited Bao Qin chose the man she would marry, a Communist Party official slavishly devoted to the revolution. In , while he drove miles in a jeep to the southwestern province where they would do Mao's spadework, Bao Qin walked alongside the vehicle, sick and pregnant she lost the child. Chang, born in , saw her mother put into a detention camp in the Cultural Revolution and later "rehabilitated.
Working as a "barefoot doctor" with no training, Chang saw the oppressive, inhuman side of communism. She left China in and is now director of Chinese studies at London University.
Her meticulous, transparent prose radiates an inner strength. BOMC alternate. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Please try again later. site Edition Verified download. This book is written in a factual way that does not attempt to play with emotions but rather to present 20th Century China as it was. Reading it as a seventy-five year old, I was fascinated that she presented such a complete timeline.
I had no idea while I was graduating from high school things were happeneing in China that I hadn't a clue about. And so forth throughout my life. I think this has been one of the most eye-opening books I have ever read. I am very grateful to Jung Change for writing it with such restraint and honesty.
I'm so glad she's not there any more. I chose this book because I've been reading a number of memoirs and it's classified in that genre. I did not expect I would also be reading a graphic and frequently shocking history of modern China. I was shocked by what I learned of the brutality and suffering the Chinese people endured, and the comparison of Mao to other notorious leaders such as Stalin.
The author Jung Chang, who emigrated to London, also describes the joy of literature, beauty in architecture and nature, travel, and participation in a free and open society that I myself experience and, I fear, take for granted. I recommend this book to anyone who has family members who left China during the Cultural Revolution, to anyone whose mother and grandmothers have been strong positive influences in their life, and to all who want to recognize and learn about the destructive effects of being trapped in an authoritarian regime.
Paperback Verified download. Most often when I review a popular book I liked, I look to the one-star reviews rather than those with five. This is more so I'm not influenced by the words and sentiments in the raves. I want the review to reflect my own reading experience, not the viewpoint of others.
The pans are usually good for a laugh, and they often give me a starting point for my own assessment of the book. I've come to "Wild Swans" late, learning of it only recently from a friend who lived in China awhile teaching English. Ordinarily averse to reading books others recommend to me don't really know why this time it worked, in part I suspect because my friend in describing some of the fascinating revelations it contained tugged back the hem of a curtain I hadn't realized was blocking my view of a land and a culture far beyond anything I had imagined.
In the following years Chang's mother gave birth to Jung and four other children.
The focus of the book now shifts again to cover Jung's own autobiography. Chang's story[ edit ] The Cultural Revolution started when Chang was a teenager. Chang willingly joined the Red Guards though she recoiled from some of their brutal actions.
As Mao's personality cult grew, life became more difficult and dangerous. Chang's father became a target for the Red Guards when he mildly but openly criticised Mao due to the suffering caused to the Chinese people by the Cultural Revolution. Chang's parents were labeled as capitalist roaders and made subjects of public struggle meetings and torture.
Chang recalls that her father deteriorated physically and mentally, until his eventual death. Her father's treatment prompted Chang's previous doubts about Mao to come to the fore.
Like thousands of other young people, Chang was sent down to the countryside for education and thought reform by the peasants , a difficult, harsh and pointless experience. At the end of the Cultural Revolution Chang returned home and worked hard to gain a place at university.
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Not long after she succeeded, Mao died. The whole nation was shocked in mourning, though Chang writes that: "People had been acting for so long they confused it with their true feelings.
I wondered how many of the tears were genuine". Chang said that she felt exhilarated by Mao's death.Download Wild Fermentation: No Safe Place. I think this has been one of the most eye-opening books I have ever read. TouchstoneBooks http: The publication of 'Wild Swans' in was a worldwide phenomenon.
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