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 10 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.
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The publication of Wild Swans in 1991 was a worldwide phenomenon. Not only did it become the best-selling non fiction book in British publishing history, with sales of well over ten million, it was received with unanimious critical acclaim, and was named the winner of the 1992 NCR Book Award and the 1993 British Book of the Year Award.
The publication of Wild Swans in 1991 was a worldwide phenomenon. Not only did it become the best-selling non-fiction book in British publishing history, with sales of well over two million, yet it was received with unanimous critical acclaim.
Few books have ever had such an impact on their readers. Through the story of three generations of women - grandmother, mother and daughter – ‘Wild Swans’ tells nothing less than the whole tumultuous history of China’s tragic twentieth century, from sword-bearing warlords to Chairman Mao, from the Manchu Empire to Cultural Revolution. At times terrifying, at times astonishing, always deeply moving, Wild Swans is a book in a million, a true story with all the passion and grandeur of a great novel.
For this new edition, Jung Chang has written a new introduction, bringing her own story up to date, and describing the affect Wild Swans’ success has had on her life.Product Description:
Wild Swans: Three Daughters Of China
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Book Description Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0006545998