Through the lives of three different women - grandmother, mother and daughter - this book tells the story of 20th-century China. At times scarcely credible in the details it reveals of the suffering of millions of ordinary Chinese people, it is an unforgettable record of tyranny, hope and ultimate survival under conditions of extreme harshness. In 1924, at the age of 15, the author's grandmother became the concubine of a powerful warlord, whom she was seldom to see during the ten years of their "marriage". Her daughter, ...
Through the lives of three different women - grandmother, mother and daughter - this book tells the story of 20th-century China. At times scarcely credible in the details it reveals of the suffering of millions of ordinary Chinese people, it is an unforgettable record of tyranny, hope and ultimate survival under conditions of extreme harshness. In 1924, at the age of 15, the author's grandmother became the concubine of a powerful warlord, whom she was seldom to see during the ten years of their "marriage". Her daughter, born in 1931, experienced the horrors of Japanese occupation in Manchuria as a schoolgirl, and after their surrender joined the Communist-led underground fighting Chiang Kai-Shek's Kuomintang. She rose to be a senior Communist official, but was imprisoned three times. Her husband, also a high official and one of the very first to join the Communists, was relentlessly persecuted, imprisoned and finally sent to a labour camp where, physically broken and disillusioned, he lost his sanity. The author herself grew up during the Cultural Revolution, at the time of the personality cult of Mao and the worst excesses of the Gang of Four. She joined the Red Guard but after Mao's death she was to become one of the first Chinese students to study abroad.
Very good in very good dust jacket. Signed. First Edition. SIGNED BY AUTHOR (unverified). Very Good: a copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day.
Very Good in Good jacket. Used. By Author Hardcover. Signed by author on title page. First edition, first printing. Price-clipped. Several marks and scores on dust jacket. Jacket leading corners, edges and spine ends are slightly worn. Minor abrasion on jacket spine foot. Hardcover spine ends are a little bumped. Page block is lightly marked. A few pages are dog-eared. Pages 347-400 are very slightly creased on lower leading corners. Binding is intact, contents are clean and clear. AM.
Very Good in Very Good, Price Clipped jacket. Book. Signed by Author(s) Complete number line from 1 to 10; signed by Jung Chang on title page along with her chop but with no inscription; some edge wear to boards and dust jacket; otherwise a solid, clean copy with no marking or underlining; collectible condition; illustrated with black and white photographs.
Just couldn't get into the story even though it sounded fascinating in the description.
Oct 27, 2011
Wild Swans - Three Daughters of China
Detailed yet very readable true story of three generations of women and how the Communist and Cultural Revolutions in China during the late 1940' through the 1970's affected their lives and their families. I would like to read another book by Jung Chang.
Oct 27, 2011
Chinese young women
Excellent for those who love history and would enjoy the revelations of the power that women can weld.
Aug 16, 2007
Really good story
I learned much from this book about growing up during three eras in China. It was so well written that I will now read this author's book on Mao.
I highly recommend this book.
May 17, 2007
Read this book!
This historical retrospective records the lives of three generations of Jung Chang's family. It documents the Chinese Revolution and Mao's dysfunctional dictatorship. With China's impending rise to world dominance, this important work is a must read.
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