Bursting with drama, heartbreak and horror, this extraordinary family portrait mirrors China’s century of turbulence. Chang’s grandmother, Yu-fang, had her feet. Jung Chang, the bestselling author of Wild Swans tells Sabine Durrant why Wild Swans, in which years of Chinese history is told through the eyes of three The Empress Dowager Cixi with her daughters, circa Few books have ever had such an impact as Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China. Since its first publication it has been published in 37 languages and sold.

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In his reports to his superiors he repeatedly threr that the Party should be careful with human lives, and that excessive executions would only harm the revolution.

Jung Chang

Did this change over time? People say, ‘What harm would it do, if you just say a certain thing against what you believe?

We didn’t even count people like my grandmother’s death – which should really be on Mao’s account. Rachel Lail Chang is writing about the lives of herself and her family members, so she definitely fully develops them as human beings.

Return to Book Page. Now, with her thref second book co-written with her husband, the historian Jon Halliday, Chang aims to expose the true character of the man responsible for so much misery – Chairman Mao. I laid it aside many times.

It was a method designed and used by Stalin a few decades earlier in Russia, and part of the Communist modus operandi to establish their complete control. They seem chlna unlikely couple, perhaps: It is a place that is under my skin. View all 35 comments.

Poverty and famine increased substantially and exponentially. Who is Mao Zedong?

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Pages to import images to Wikidata. There are people who like it less. Her father’s treatment prompted Chang’s previous doubts about Mao to come to the fore.

After the strain of the training coupled with the journey, she suffered a miscarriage. We will fill the gap in history – that is so exciting.

Wild Swans : Three Daughters of China

Wild Swans was translated into 37 languages and sold 13 million copies, [1] receiving praise from authors such as J. View all 44 comments. Many will buy Mao on the strength of Wild Swans, even if they wouldn’t normally read a hefty political biography. Quite apart from its heart-breaking themes, it is worth reading because it opens our mind. In Pictures – the story of love and romance: They were declared enemies of the state.

One is the author herself, now a naturalised British citizen. Was Mao an obvious successor to Wild Swans?

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Changg Middle East countries. Eventually, the couple were transferred to YibinChang’s father’s hometown. After his six year absence, the General made a brief conjugal visit to his concubine, during which a daughter, Chang’s mother, was conceived. But when she raises her head, her eyes are clear again.

Wild Swans- Jung Chang 5 stars. See all 4 questions about Wild Swans…. As the Revolution progressed, her work for the party helped her rise through the ranks.

Wild Swans – Jung Chang 13 56 Aug 04, Chang’s grandmother had no choice but to comply. The narrative describes how an entire nation was terrorized, traumatized and intimidated into submission by various methods.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Chang excels at pulling it together for you – showing you the differences off her Grandmother’s life, her mother’s life and her chan, moving chronologically in a manner that makes such good sense.

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Throughout the entire pages of this excruciating book, Jung Chang wallows in self-pity in the most abject fashion.

After all, how can something like this be considered on par with those which are considered masterpieces both in content and style? These are minor flaws, though, which hardly detract from the overall quality of the book. This is also a living and breathing history. 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 which make you despair of humanity and then go a long way towards restoring your faith in it, but no, I’m not going to leave it at that.

We were driven by a fascination with this man, we wanted to go inside his head and unravel all jng myths around him. Three Daughters of China is a family history that spans a century, recounting the lives of three female generations in China, by Chinese writer Jung Chang.

It arouses all the emotions, such as pity and terror, that great tragedy is supposed to evoke, and also a complex mixture of admiration, despair and delight at seeing a luminous intelligence directed at the heart of darkness. How far could Thred patriarchy go in the early twentieth century to make the lives of women sheer humiliation and misery? Look what is China now.