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However, it was beautifully written. One of the best books I have ever read! This book changed my life and my choice of books completely!
Listen to this Podcast with the author about this book. View all 34 comments. View all 19 comments. View all 15 comments. 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. Siempre que alguien piensa en el "gran villano" se acuerda de Hitler o Stalin pero todos olvidamos a Mao View all 17 comments. Jan 02, William2 marked it as to-read Shelves: 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: 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 fo How far could Chinese patriarchy go in the early twentieth century to make the lives of women sheer humiliation and misery? The years-long process of foot binding —of smashing the toes with a rock and binding them under the sole of the foot—is thoroughly explained.
Author Chang's grandmother was thus encrippled and eventually traded off to a general of one of the factions vying for control of the country in All this so her wretch of a great-grandfather—Yang—could raise his own material status, download land and accumulate concubines.
I have read of stories purdah, the seraglio and Morman four-wiving, but never have I come across such a harrowing description of the degradation of women that I have found here.
Mind-numbing are the cruel stratagems of the concubines back at the family home to degrade Yang's first wife Chang's great-grandmother and freeze her out of her own home. It is beyond belief. Then in , released from her bond of concubinage on the death of the general, the grandmother—whose name Yu fang translates as jade fragrant flowers—falls in love with a Manchu doctor, who is determined to marry her as his wife.
This sends his large family into conniptions since it means Jade will have to be accorded reverence in line with the doctor 's strict Manchu standards of filial respect. And at 65 he is almost three times her age. Perhaps if it weren't for his wealth there would be less of a fuss, but a new wife has implications for the eventual distribution of his estate's assets.
In protest one of his sons shoots himself dead. This act of greed—for the family is worried only about its own dispossession, nothing more—drives Dr Xia to divide his possessions among his sons and move to a shack on the outskirts of Jinzhou which is a cholera epidemic waiting to happen.
Yet there, he and Jade and the author's mother find some happiness despite the fact that the doctor is penniless and must start at the bottom.
And all of the above in the book's first 44 pages! Next we learn of the horrors committed during the Second Sino-Japanese War —the Japanese occupation of Manchuria, in which Jinzhou is located. There, the Xias extract him from a tangle of bodies—he's still breathing—take him home and nurse him back to health.
This man, Han-Chen, later goes to work for Kuomintang intelligence where he procures a membership ID for Mrs Xia's son which allows him to avoid military service and keep working in the doctor's medicine shop where he's most needed.
He even gets Dong a job. After the war there were so many saved by Dong from the Japanese reaper in this way that survivors pooled their monies and bought the former executioner a little house for his retirement. Heroism takes strange forms. The Japanese were defeated in and the second and concluding portion of the Chinese Civil War resumed. The author's mother now turns out to be this capable community organizer on the Communist side.
She distributes propaganda. The Nationalist bigwigs are seen as corrupt and lacking discipline. The Communists were promising the populace things they would never deliver on, such as the retention of personal property. In Jinzhou, the author says, the Communists were perceived as innovators who would make the lives of the people better.
Another sneaky thing the Communists did, while the Nationalists were busy fighting the Japanese, they intensified their propaganda and brought the people over to their side. Anyway, as you may know, neither side comes out smelling like a rose. Need to finish View all 12 comments. Jan 07, Sue rated it really liked it Shelves: 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, 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.
Along the way, there are the classics of any family story,love and hate, birth and death, marriage with unimaginable struggles, and gradual worsening of life on a regular basis.
The details should be read. Most of us who grew up in the 50s and 60s have some memory of hardships in China. We really didn't know and it is important to know about the history of China, from pre-Communist times to the present as it explains so much. Highly recommended as a big step in education about China in the 20th century through a personal history. I plan to read the introduction to the edition as I've heard it adds some valuable insights to the intro and epilogue available in the original edition I own.
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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 a One of the most fascinating books I have ever read. 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. View all 32 comments. 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: However, it has the readability of a novel, eschewing sheer horror and dry history - quite an achievement.
This book can seem daunting because of its size, subject matter and fame, but it's actually a riveting read and although some of the content is harrowing, the writing style is very easy going. It is a complex story, but it is never confusing.
I also think some people may be put off because it's subtitled "Three daughters of China" and so wrongly assume it's primarily about and for women. In fact one of the most powerfully drawn characters is Jung Chang's father: When Jung Chang subsequently wrote an autobiography of Mao, she'd already done much of the groundwork in Wild Swans.
Brutality and hypocrisy of various kinds are described, but it's some of the subtler hardships that were especially vivid. During the Cultural Revolution, ignorance was glorified even in universities and beautiful artefacts destroyed; the family were expelled from the official compound and sent to live in rooms in an old mansion: Because it's biographical, main characters are referred to as "my mother", "my father's mother in law" etc, which can get confusing when characters talk about their relatives in similar terms.
Although the political history is explained very well, because it is also biographical, important events that didn't affect the family e. Nevertheless, this is an insightful, accessible and enjoyable book.
China's people are still far from free, but having read this book and travelled round China in '92 and '08, the transformation is remarkable - and ongoing. View all 8 comments. Feb 26, Kavita rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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: 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 Mao.
One 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 questions. While 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 facts.
One last question that does remain to be answered: Why has China not eschewed Mao yet? It has been more 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 Chang. If you have even a remote interest in China, Chinese people, Chinese history, or Chinese politics, this book is a must-read! View all 5 comments. She would write something like, "My dad was very sad about the things that were happening in China but for me it was very difficult to understand it at that time.
Her book is what the title itself suggests, about three daughters of China, but it is only and only about the three daughters of China and I was expecting it to be a little more than that. As a biography, Wild Swans is a good book. View all 9 comments. Feb 19, Trina rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Recommended to Trina by: My sister who was living in Beijing. We bought this book before a trip to Beijing in , but site was particularly slow with their delivery and it arrived just a couple of days before our departure.
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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, an We bought this book before a trip to Beijing in , but site was particularly slow with their delivery and it arrived just a couple of days before our departure. In addition, I just don't like to read "sad" books, and my husband had told me some of the more tragic events in the book, so I chose not to read it. When Wild Swans was chosen as our book group book by a woman who is somewhat of a Chinese history scholar , I began reading with reluctance.
The first half of the book took me a very long time to read, but the second half, I had a hard time putting down. I wondered if I had become hardened to all of the sorrow and suffering, but I think the second half was more compelling because it was when the author began telling her story, from her point of view, and it was easier to put myself into the story and thus, more heartbreaking.
The writing is first-rate, and I appreciate the epilogue and the introduction to the edition which I recommend reading AFTER you've read the book which chronicle some of the author's difficulties in initally facing her past in China. It is a courageous book, with honest and emotional portrayals of a time in history that is still so little understood by the Western world. I, for one, am grateful to Jung Chang for sharing her family's stories.
I love the pictures of the author and her family that are included in the edition. I spent the first part of the book frustrated that the edition didn't include a map of China, only to discover that there is a great map in the BACK of the book. These extras, along with the timeline and family tree, help the non-Chinese reader keep track of names and places.
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