A riveting tale of three generations spanning the end of Old China, Mao's regime and the Japanese occupation. Chang chronicles the enormous changes in China since 1929 through her family's story, which includes arrest during the Cultural Revolution, exile to the Sichuan wilderness and coming to terms with the bewildering state of China today. It's quite a tale, wonderfully told without a trace of rancor or bitterness. Living in London since 1978, Chang visits her mother back in China every year. You can imagine Chang with notebook in hand back in the family apartment absorbed in the stories of her much-loved mother. The book opens with the statement, "At the age of 15 my grandmother became the concubine of a warlord general. It was 1929 and China was in chaos."
Author: Jung Chang
NHA Staff Recommendation:
"In Wild Swans Jung Chang recounts the gripping story of how three generations of women in her family fared in China during the 20th century. Chang's grandmother was a warlord's concubine. Her mother struggled with hardships in the early days of Mao's revolution and Chang herself marched and worked for Mao. This is a very accurate representation of life in China and a wonderful read." – Wendy Klausner
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