Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

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Anchor Books, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 524 pages
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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 more 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.

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WILD SWANS: Three Daughters of China

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An exceptional tribute to three generations of courageous and articulate Chinese women: the grandmother, born in 1909 into a still feudal society; the mother, a Communist official and then ``enemy of ... Read full review

Informative but rambling

User Review  - tomjett - Overstock.com

Not that well written and rambling but provides lots of information on Chinese history. The chaotic nature of the writing portrays the chaos that the Chinese have endured for many centuries. Read full review

Contents

AUTHORS NOTE
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Even Plain Cold Water Is Sweet
43
They Al Say What a Happy Place Manchukuo
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About the author (1992)

Jung Chang was born in Yibin, Sichuan Province, China, in 1952. She left China for Britain in 1978 and obtained a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of York in 1982. She is the first person from the People┐s Republic of China to receive a doctorate from a British university. She lives in London with her husband, Jon Halliday, with whom she wrote Mao: The Unknown Story. Her non-fiction book, Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, was a New York Times bestseller in 2014.

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