Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 20, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 544 pages
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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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I read 72 pages of this boring book. I dont know why its rated so highly. I just couldnt keep going. Read full review

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User Review  - Regina Lindsey - Goodreads

Wild Swans by Jung Chang 4 STars Chronicling the lives of three generations of women in China, the book opens with the life of Yu-Fang, the author's grandmother. Yu-fang lived during the time of feed ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction to the 2003 Edition
9
Father is Close Mother Is Close but Neither Is as Close
14
ThreeInch Golden Lilies
21
My Grandmother Marries a Manchu Doctor 19331938
43
Life Under the Japanese 19381945
62
Ruled by Different Masters 19451947
75
In Battle for a New China 19471948
94
A Revolutionary Marriage 19481949
115
Do You Want Our Children to Become Blacks
297
More Than Gigantic Wonderful News
308
Where There Is a Will to Condemn There Is Evidence
323
Will Not Sell My Soul
341
Giving Charcoal in Snow
362
Thought Reform Through Labor
379
The More Books You Read the More Stupid You Become
406
Please Accept My Apologies That Come a Lifetime Too Late
429

My Mothers Long March 19491950
140
Rise to Heaven
170
Suffering Will Make You a Better Communist
191
After the AntiRightist Campaign No One Opens
204
Capable Women Can Make a Meal without Food
220
ThousandGold Little Precious
240
The Cult of Mao 19641965
256
Destroy First and Construction Will Look After tself
273
Soar to Heaven and Pierce the Earth
282
The Fragrance of Sweet Wind
444
Sniffing after Foreigners Farts and Calling Them Sweet
458
If This Is Paradise What Then Is Hell?
475
Fighting to Take Wing 19761978
495
Epilogue
506
Chronology
513
Acknowledgments
521
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About the author (2008)

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 the University of York in 1982, the first person from the People’s Republic of China to receive a doctorate from a British university. She lives in London with her husband, Jon Halliday, with whom she wrote Mao: The Unknown Story.

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