its the most beautiful book i have read in a long time and do keep on referring to it now and again and can start reading from any passage except abt the foot binding just can't come in terms wid the pain
Not normally a reader of non-fiction - except memoirs - especially history. Jung Chang fed me history in the form of a memoir, memoir in the context of history. I've made it one of my top ten books because, I believe, I was so excited to be learning and not be bored or taxed. I loved every page of it.
In Wild Swans, Jung alludes to a biography she wrote of Mao. It's now out and also a tremendous read.
An amazing book...stays with you for a while...a looong while... tells you exactly what it took china to be where it is now!
I didn't read the book, but it seams very interesting, especially how the Chinese people lived in the communist era. I live in Romania, and although I was born after the revolution, my parents and teachers told me stories about how difficult it was living under the rule of Ceausescu, the communist dictator, but I heard that the Chinese communism was even harsher...
Absolutely beautifully written I couldn't put it down. It was heartbreaking, beautiful, joyful and inspiring.
Absolutely fantastic book. I have read it three times now and each time I got something different out of it. A must read.
I felt this was one of the best books I have read. An incredible, personal account of life in China through the culltural revolution.
This is an extraordinary account of three women in the author's family - her grandmother, her mother and herself. For those who have wanted to being to understand the socio-political history of China, especially during the 20th century, this is a terrific read - combines history with family biography, which is a wonderful way to learn historical events from those who experienced it. It's a 'heavy' book - both in weight and in content - but I did not find it heavy to read. Indeed, it was gripping, and beautifully written. Jung Chang is a gifted writer.
Yeah! Everyone who has read this book liked it. Personally I LOVED it! So what was your favorite part? Mine was just reading about Communist China. Even though I have many native Chinese friends I never fathomed what it was like. It just blows my mind that one man can have such a negative impact on such a huge country. How did the world just stand by?
People abuse power..and people do what they're told..that's when it's ok to disrespect your elders when you know they make wrong decisions..
Anyone no of any other books similar to wild swans because I'm doing about Mao's China in history and would like to read some more to help with my revision.
1. What surprised you the most about Chinese history?
2. What do we owe our government?
3. How does the idea of socialism differ from what was practiced (pg. 415)
4. Does society benefit from gender roles?
5. Does the right of society weigh heavier than the right to the individual?
6. Was the author’s father a good man?
7. Do you remember the first time you were disillusioned by your government?
8. Compare how people view Mao with how people view Jesus.
9. How long would you last as a peasant?
10. How does this book relate to the Patriot Act, or does it?
11. What about the government lies? (example – steel production)
12. Which of the 3 daughters had the best life, in your opinion?
13. Was Mao aware of what he did?
14. Chang says it was very painful to write this book.
She was unable to do so for many years.
If you went thru what she did, could you have written about it?
• This book (published in 30 languages) is now banned in midland China
• Chang earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics in London
• Chang grew to love life in Britain, especially its literature and the arts.
• Chang lives in West London with her husband,
a British historian who specializes in Soviet history.
• Chang retired in the 1990’s to concentrate on her writing.
• Chang’s latest work is a biography of Mao, co-authored by her husband.