EBOOK NEW (Wild Swans Three Daughters of China) ☆ Jung Chang


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    EBOOK NEW (Wild Swans Three Daughters of China) ☆ Jung Chang Summary Õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Jung Chang 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

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    EBOOK NEW (Wild Swans Three Daughters of China) ☆ Jung Chang 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 be

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    EBOOK NEW (Wild Swans Three Daughters of China) ☆ Jung Chang “ 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

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    Jung Chang ✓ 5 characters EBOOK NEW (Wild Swans Three Daughters of China) ☆ Jung Chang 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 th

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    review Wild Swans Three Daughters of China Summary Õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Jung Chang Jung Chang ✓ 5 characters Wild Swans presents the story of three generations in the life of the author's family which covers most of the

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    EBOOK NEW (Wild Swans Three Daughters of China) ☆ Jung Chang 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 diffe

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    EBOOK NEW (Wild Swans Three Daughters of China) ☆ Jung Chang 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

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    EBOOK NEW (Wild Swans Three Daughters of China) ☆ Jung Chang 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 of people in Pre Co

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    EBOOK NEW (Wild Swans Three Daughters of China) ☆ Jung Chang Summary Õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Jung Chang Jung Chang ✓ 5 characters 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

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    review Wild Swans Three Daughters of China EBOOK NEW (Wild Swans Three Daughters of China) ☆ Jung Chang Jung Chang ✓ 5 characters Wild Swans is a candid and harrowing account of three remarkable Chinese women grandmother mother and daughter but also gives us a v

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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 hardships being a Party member or even Party official was no guarantee of immunity from persecution and sometimes tortureHard to categorise but don t be dauntedIt s part biographyautobiography and part a historical political psychological exposition of how Communist China came into being and how it maintained its hold on its citizens even during extreme hardship such as famine However it has the readability of a novel eschewing sheer horror and dry history uite an achievementThis 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 not confusingIt s subtitled Three daughters of China but it s a story for everyone Strong women are in the foreground but one of the most powerfully drawn characters is Jung Chang s father born poor largely self educated who loved literature was a passionate and principled Communist putting Party before family rising to power as an official but who couldn t cope when he saw his beliefs being violated in the name of the PartyContradictions inherent in the system They verbally attacked each other with Mao s uotations making cynical use of his guru like elusiveness it was easy to select a uotation of Mao s to suit any situation or even both sides of the same argument Although I have read uite a few books about China this one gets to the heart of the contradictions of The Party and how to brainwash a vast nation far better than many others When Jung Chang subseuently wrote a biography of Mao she d already done much of the groundwork in Wild SwansBrutality and hypocrisy of various kinds are described but it s some of the subtler hardships that were especially vivid I find it extraordinary that strong family ties could coexist with couples not allowed to live together and an apparent casualnessresignation of children left to live with wet nurses relatives or in boarding nurseries for years Image Scene from The Red Detachment of Women one of the Eight Model Operas of the Cultural Revolution SourceDuring the Cultural Revolution which began when Jung Chan was a teenager 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 Beauty was so despised that my family was sent to this lovely house as a punishmentUnexpected levityThere is humour too sending those studying English to a southern port to practise by talking to foreign sailors not being able to rename a street whose sign was too high and traffic chaos when it was decided that red was a positive colour so oughtn t to mean stop The extraordinary degree of it was decided that red was a positive colour so oughtn t to mean stop The extraordinary degree of in some aspects of life and none in others aligned w 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 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 communists Chang herself appears to who in turn became a rebel and supported the communists Chang herself appears to 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 si. 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. ,


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Wild Swans Three Daughters of ChinaNd others but never have I had such a vivid picture of how the first wifeconcubine pecking order played out in the daily life of a Chinese family as I ve had here It is beyond belief Then in 1930 released from her bond of concubinage on the death of the general the grandmother whose name Yu fang translates as ade 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 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 Dr Mrs Xia are able to save a friend from the Japanese by befriending the prison garroter Dong who promises them not to strangle the man fatally only partially so he ll look dead enough to be transported to the foul smelling communal grave at the end of town 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 Flying to Nowhere 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 formsThe Japanese were defeated in 1945 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 roseNeed to finish 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 around 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 hope of so many Chinese that the overthrow of the Kuomintang would lead to aust social order but how it soon became clear that the worst excesses of the Kuomintang and those of Imperial China before that paled into insignificance compared to the hell on earth created by Mao s Chinese Communist PartyOne is left aghast that a system can destroy even the most Basic Human Instincts Of Decency human instincts of decency compassion while turning people into inhumane monsters totally possessed as if by a demon by a cruel and totally destructive systemIt sends shivers down one s spine to realise that The Great Helmsman Mao Ze Dong who ranks with Hitler and Stalin as among the most evil men of the 20th century had his image worn on T shirts by progressive students and youth in the west and these same young champions of euality hung large pictures of Mao in their dormitory roomsThis at the same time as millions of Chinese were being slaughtered and physically and psychologically maimed on the orders of Mao and his Chinese Communist Party as described in this bookToday many in the West laud of Mao and his Chinese Communist Party as described in this bookToday many in the West laud economic reforms towards a type of totalitarian capitalist system but fail to remember that human rights have not improved at all and China is still a hideous and inhuman hell for hundreds of millions of its inhabitants And the world turns a blind eye While we a re left asking how much longer the people of China will remain enslaved by their inhumane Communist masters How LongBut the book is also about the strength of the human spirit about wonderful people especially the three remarkable
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who are central characters of this book as well as the cruel onesIt is a story of love and hate strength and weakness the beautiful and the uglyBut than anything it is about how the human spirit can never in the end be crushed by cruelty evil and tyranny. 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. Ngle 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 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 behind the veil of communism My overall impression of the book was that it must have been eually painful for the author to write it as it was for her family three generations of women to endure the horrific takeover of Mao Tse Tung in China As with all Communist rhetoric so many noble promises were made 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 studyAlong the way there are the classics of any family storylove 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 muchHighly recommended as a big step in education about China in the 20th century through a personal historyAddendum I plan to read the introduction to the 2003 edition as I ve heard it adds some valuable insights to the intro and epilogue available in the original 1991 edition I own 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 of people in Pre Communist China as the book progresses Chang s ignorance as she was a little girl at that time about the events happening around her becomes a permanent annoyance I am not saying that Chang was still ignorant about what happened in China during the Great Leap Forward and The Cultural Revolution after she grew up she definitely knows her history but it seems that she has tried her level best to hide that in her book She would write something like My dad was very sad about the things that were 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 resilience and will to books I ve read chronicling as it does a courage resilience and will to which are short of riveting I could su 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 her lustworthy enough to take as a concubine 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 1920 All this so her wretch of a great grandfather Yang could raise his own material status buy 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 a harrowing description of the degradation of women 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 I was aware of this social structure before through works by the writers Jonathan Spence Anchee Min Nien Cheng Harry Wu 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. ,