Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China (Paperback)

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    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 York University in 1982, the first person from the People¹s Republic of China to receive a doctorate from a British university. She lives in London and has recently completed a biography of Mao.
    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. 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.

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    ISBN 9780743246989
    Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women
    Format Paperback
    Pages 544
    Publisher Date 2003-08-05 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Touchstone Books
    Copyright Year 20030601
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 1.5 in
    Unit weight 1.15 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Three Daughters of China
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Chang, Jung

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    • Informative but rambling

      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.

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    • I found the book I was looking for immediately, placed my order and it arrived in a few days, before the confirming e-mail said it would. I've ordered other things since, with the same excellent service.

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