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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
I had never heard of this book when I picked it off the "China" shelf in the bookstore--I just wanted to read about Mainland China so that I could know a little more about someone I tutor in English. I was mesmerized. One strength of the book (besides the author's passion and her beautiful writing) is that you understand each of the 3 generations in the...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Mai 2000 von Chutes

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The book started off pretty well. The story of her grandmother with the bound feet, living as a concubine, trying to escape the culture, yet integrally woven into it; this was all very interesting. And the area when Mao took over with his foggy regime is enthralling. But then the book trails off and becomes frankly boring. Granted, she's had a more eventful life...
Veröffentlicht am 14. Mai 1999 von Nathan (bluemilkbird@hotmail.com)


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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fascinating report of three generations of women in China., 14. April 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Wild Swans is a biography/autobiography by Jung Chang; she tells of three women--her grandmother, born in 1909; her mother, born in 1931; she herself was born in 1952. Her grandmother, Yu-fang, lived as the old Manchu empire was dying out. She had bound feet, became concubine to a warlord general for whom she had a daughter, and later married a Manchu doctor. She lived into the Communist era, but never lost her femininity. Ms. Chang's mother, Bao Qin, later named de hong (or "wild swan") by her Manchu doctor step-father, grew up during Chiang-kai-shek's unification and the Japanese invasion. Her section of the book tells of her difficult life under Japanese domination and how these atrocities turned her to the Communist party. We meet her sincerely dedicated Communist husband and see the "ups and downs" to which they are submitted by that party. De hong took part in the Long March, was often separated from her family, helped with the disasters of the Great Leap Forward that resulted in terrible famine, had to fight bandits, had miscarriages, and eventually saw all of her children placed in nurseries--all in pursuit of Communist goals. The third swan, Jung Chang, attempted to join the Red Guard herself, but was never violent enough in nature to really participate in the atrocities committed under Mao's direction. She saw the suffering her parents endured, sometimes holding high positions, sometimes under house arrest or even exiled. As a student she was sent out into the provinces to "learn from the peasants." Ultimately, given the opportunity to study abroad, Ms. Chang elected to live in Great Britain. Her three brothers have also left China, but she keeps in touch with her mother and sister by mail and fax, and feels that China is changing rapidly from the historical periods described in her book. The reader who wants to find out what has been happening in China for the last century while looking at the lives of three interesting women should enjoy Wild Swans 500 riveting pages. Another interesting book about Mao and Deng that corroborates Ms. Chang's historical account is The New Emperors by Harrison E. Salisbury.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A moving human drama that transcends race/gender boundaries, 18. Mai 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Wild Swans by Jung Chang depicts the day-to-day experiences of three generations of women who lived during one of the most tumultuous periods in modern Chinese history. Chang's grandmother had bound feet and was a concubine to a Manchu general at the end of the Qing dynasty. Chang's mother experienced World War II, became a dedicated Communist party official, and was free to marry a man of her choice, someone sharing her own ideals for a better China. Despite their loyalties to the revolution, Chang's parents were both persecuted as "class-enemies" during the Cultural Revolution, and suffered this betrayal both physically and psychologically. Chang herself grew up in the atmosphere of Mao's deification, was briefly a Red Guard, and eventually left China to live in the west.
Although Chang's prose is simple, she effectively weaves this human drama in a way that makes the experience of reading Wild Swans an emotional roller-coaster. Readers can taste the hopes and disappointments experienced by millions of Chinese people at the fate of foreign invaders, political factionalism, and the painful changes caused by a neophyte government in the throes of economic and sociopolitical revolution. Wild Swans clearly depicts the growing pains of an ancient society in the new industrial world from the perspective of ordinary men, women, and children. It would be a mistake to think of this book as relevant only in the genres of Asian Studies or Women's Studies, for the universal themes of courage, loyalty, love, and the resilience of the human spirit transcend the boundaries of race or gender.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Must read!, 4. August 2010
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This book is a definite page turner. It is a great historical account of China and the fate of three generations of women. I took this book on vacation and enjoyed reading every page. I would highly recommend this book! I felt empty for days after I completed the book....
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Riverting and Deeply Moving!, 26. Februar 2000
The book depicts three generations of struggles in China through a first-hand account by Jung Chang from the dawn of this century till the end of the Cultural Revolution. Words fail me, in both my personal expressions of emotions and gratitude toward a contributary review of this artistic piece that will justify its mesmerising depths. Salman Rushide, the author whom I have always look up to for his creativity and impeccable writing skills (contents aside), which elements have reinforced a linguistic benchmark within my humble self; had failed to lure my temporal attention away from the technical contents of Jung Chang's book. In short: It is the single, MOST MOVING piece of non-fictitious literature that I have ever read, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who wishes to examine critically, the many aspects pertaining to the essential perspectives of life. I was intensively devouring the book throughout the past week and had neglected my own research study. In return however, I have been induced one of life's most precious lessons... about humanity, political struggles and personal reforms through thoughts and emotions..all of which I am positive to be beneficial to any human being living within any community.
She (the author) was the first Chinese national to be awarded a doctorate degree in the UK (in 1983) and have stayed on in London since departing China in 1978. The book has won many prizes and critical acclaims..perhaps the most notable being the '1993 British Book of the Year Award'.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gripping, intense expose of Chinese history, 24. Juni 1999
Von Ein Kunde
I am not an avid reader. In fact I consider most books boring, and I shun novels altogether. I hate to read books whose stories and plots I could have myself devised. However, during a cruise last year I came across Wild Swans in the ship's library and started reading the first chapter, because I had nothing else to do. That was the beginning of an adventure! I have never been so captivated and enthralled by one person's account of her life experiences. After returning home from the cruise, I rushed off to the library to borrow a copy and continue the saga. I felt a part of the entire scenario and was soon swept away by accounts of life in Communist China and the machinations of Chairman Mao. Miss Chung did an excellent job in bringing her story to life. I didn't get a chance to finish the book but intend to do so as soon as I have some free time. I borrowed another copy for my friend who is planning a trip to China this summer, and I insisted that she read it, since her trip would not be complete without this information. I plan to buy a hard cover copy and keep it in my permanent library at home. Congratulations Ms. Jung you have converted a book loather into an avid book reader (for this work). I am looking forward to more titles in your name again in the future.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Compelling and Enlightening, 21. Februar 2000
I knew very little of modern Chinese history before reading Wild Swans, and once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. Chang manages to deliver the personal account of her family's struggle while giving the reader enough information to understand something of the historical, political, and social influences at work in modern China. The book delivers a solid narrative from Chang's grandmother who was raised in "old" China through the Japanese occupation of Manchuria through the establishment of communism under Mao and how these changes in regime impacted upon her family.
Wild Swans is also a very telling account of how societies have been willing to totally overturn their societies in favor of the Communist ideal. Readers interested in communism may want to compare Wild Swans to accounts about communism in Russia. Chang ends her account with Mao's death and how she was able to leave China, but it left a lot of unanswered questions. It left me wanting to learn more about Chinese history from a broader political and historical perspective. I'm very eager to learn how China has changed since Mao - which Chang hints has changed for the better in some ways while allowing some of the old corruption under the Kuomintang to seep back in.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen you can't put it down, 21. Juni 1998
Von Ein Kunde
I never really studied the communist era in China, and even if i had i doubt i would understand it even fractioanlly well as i do with the insights provded by "Wild Swans". I am spending the summer as an intern in Hong Kong, and picked up the book to cure my embarrassing ignorance abut the roots of the culture in which i am living. I found it impossible to put down, and read it from cover to cover while standing at a photocopier for two days straight. it seemed all of my chinese co-workers had also read this book, and stopped to comment on its superiority. i took this to be the ultimate compliment to the book, that it is so well respected as an illustration of the people it describes. not only does it provide an insight into the lives and roots of the chinese people, it gives a voice to the culture's women, no small feat!!! and you also are enabled to understand communism from the perspective of what it meant to do and how power corrupted those aims, as power inevitably does. this book is a fascinating and highly readbale book about China and, in many ways, the rest of the world as well.
if you are going to asia, its a must. but otherwise, its just simply fascinating.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Tremendous Book on Life in 20th Century China, 4. Dezember 1999
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As an overseas Chinese, this book was an eye-opener for me. My parents' families were both very well off in China -- my great-grandfather was a military man with huge business holdings in the Northeast -- and both families fled to Taiwan before 1949. Growing up, I was fed a rather biased view of what happened in China. This book describes in great detail the injustices and anarchy in China in the earlier part of this century and the conditions that allowed the Communists to defeat the KMT. It then goes into what happened after the KMT were defeated and the insanity that initiated then. It is a *very* unbiased book that lays out the facts as they are. The overall story, the numerous anecdotes and the many characters are all gripping and memorable. Particularly unforgettable are the events that occurred after 1950 under Mao -- actual madness that make the fictional lunacy in "Animal Farm" and "1984" look very tame by comparison. "Wild Swans" is part history, part biography, and wholly educational and entertaining. I also highly recommend "A Single Tear" for another biographical tale of the derangement of China under Mao.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Cuts to the heart and bone of Mao's China, 31. Dezember 1997
Von Ein Kunde
I have read many books on China but none hurt me more than this one. Brought up as a third-generation Chinese in North America, I sometimes heard stories of how people suffered during the Cultural Revolution but the extent of the suffering was not made very personal. Reading Wild Swans makes one realizes the family suffering that went on during the crazy Orwellian times of campaign after campaign which destroyed the morale, motivation, humanity, and potential contributions of China's best and brightest. The fact that the author and most of her siblings are now living overseas attests to the fact that China has lost a generation of nation builders. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in filling in the pieces to China's turbulent past. Many suspicions I had in Asian Studies courses were answered in this book. The shouting Red Guards in Tian An Men Square waving Mao's Little Red Book, the horrible and unjust denunciations, and the few strong principled individuals take on a new depth of meaning in Chang's book. A must-read for those caught up in the revolutionary spirit of the 60's.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The book is a very lucid account of 20th century China., 16. Juni 1999
Von Ein Kunde
This novel masterly weaves the history of contemporary China and the lives of three outstanding Chinese women, and also a very brave man, the writer's father. I have been to China recently and felt very strongly some of the places that Ms. Jung Chang describes in her novel. Some chapters of the book are particularly painful, most of them dealing with the so called Cultural Revolution. Ms. Jung Chang is a very brave woman and has survived that ordeal thanks to the force of love. She proves that inside each of us there is love, and with love we can save the world and ourselves. As a reader, I would like to know more of her life in England, how were her days as a graduate student, how she met her husband, what was her first job about, etc. As many other people that love her novel, I would like to read the continuation of Wild Swans. I confess that I do not know whether such a novel has been written or not. But if it has not yet been written, I am sure that many readers will certainly be interested in it. Finally, I want to say thank to Ms. Jung Chang for such a great book.
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