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Wild Swans Three Daughters of China review ô eBook or Kindle ePUB Erience 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 Revol. How far could Chinese patriarchy go in the early twentieth century to make the lives of women sheer humiliation and misery Here in Wild Swans we have that uestion tidily answered This is a tale of the lives of three generations of Chinese women the author her mother and her grandmother Author Jung Chang s grandmother had her feet bound a hideously painful process undertaken solely so that some man might one day find her lustworthy enough to take as a concubine The years long process of foot binding of smashing the toes with a rock and binding them under the sole of the foot is thoroughly explained Author Chang s grandmother was thus encrippled and eventually traded off to a general of one of the factions vying for control of the country in 1920 All this so her wretch of a great grandfather Yang could raise his own material status buy land and accumulate concubines I have read of stories purdah the seraglio and Morman four wiving but never have I come across such a harrowing description of the degradation of women that I have found here Mind numbing are the cruel stratagems of the concubines back at the family home to degrade Yang s first wife Chang s great grandmother and freeze her out of her own home I was aware of this social structure before through works by the writers Jonathan Spence Anchee Min Nien Cheng Harry Wu and others but never have I had such a vivid picture of how the first wifeconcubine pecking order played out in the daily life of a Chinese family as I ve had here It is beyond belief Then in 1930 released from her bond of concubinage on the death of the general the grandmother whose name Yu fang translates as jade fragrant flowers falls in love with a Manchu doctor who is determined to marry her as his wife This sends his large family into conniptions since it means Jade will have to be accorded reverence in line with the doctor s strict Manchu standards of filial respect And at 65 he is almost three times her age Perhaps if it weren t for his wealth there would be less of a fuss but a new wife has implications for the eventual distribution of his estate s assets In protest one of his sons shoots himself dead This act of greed for the family is worried only about its own dispossession nothing drives Dr Xia to divide his possessions among his sons and move to a shack on the outskirts of Jinzhou which is a cholera epidemic waiting to happen Yet there he and Jade and the author s mother find some happiness despite the fact that the doctor is penniless and must start at the bottom And all of the above in the book s first 44 pages Next we learn of the horrors committed during the Second Sino Japanese War the Japanese occupation of Manchuria in which Jinzhou is located Dr Mrs Xia are able to save a friend from the Japanese by befriending the prison garroter Dong who promises them not to strangle the man fatally only partially so he ll look dead enough to be transported to the foul smelling communal grave at the end of town There the Xias extract him from a tangle of bodies he s still breathing take him home and nurse him back to health This man Han Chen later goes to work for Kuomintang intelligence where he procures a membership ID for Mrs Xia s son which allows him to avoid military service and keep working in the doctor s medicine shop where he s most needed He even gets Dong a job After the war there were so many saved by Dong from the Japanese reaper in this way that survivors pooled their monies and bought the former executioner a little house for his retirement Heroism takes strange formsThe Japanese were defeated in 1945 and the second and concluding portion of the Chinese Civil War resumed The author s mother now turns out to be this capable community organizer on the Communist side She distributes propaganda The Nationalist bigwigs are seen as corrupt and lacking discipline The Communists were promising the populace things they would never deliver on such as the retention of personal property In Jinzhou the 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Wild Swans Three Daughters of China review ô eBook or Kindle ePUB Ution 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. At a conference dinner some time in the mid 90s I found myself sitting next to this extremely impressive Chinese woman researcher bunch of freuently cited publications well read in three languages manages to look gorgeous as well I cast around for something to sayI liked that Wild Swans book I hazarded Do you know itShe looked at me scornfully Any Chinese woman could have written that she replied There are a hundred million stories just like itI must admit I had a little trouble believing her But would Professor Fung have lied to me That seems even less plausible Scarred Experiments with Violence in Gujarat researcher bunch of freuently cited publications well Confessions of a Listmaniac The Life and Times of Layla the Ordinary read in three languages manages to look gorgeous as well I cast around for something to sayI liked that Wild Swans book I hazarded Do you know itShe looked at me scornfully Any Chinese woman could have written that she The Penguin Food Guide to India replied There are a hundred million stories just like itI must admit I had a little trouble believing her But would Professor Fung have lied to me That seems even less plausible

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Wild Swans Three Daughters of China review ô eBook or Kindle ePUB 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 than ten million copies sold around the world now with a new introduction from the authorAn engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China an unusual window on the female exp. Father is close Mother is close but neither is as close as Chairman Mao A fascinating description of one family s experiences of China s political upheavals across the 20th century focusing on Jung Chang s grandmother mother and then herself Although the family are fairly privileged much of the time they still experience great hardships being a Party member or even Party official was no guarantee of immunity from persecution and sometimes tortureHard to categorise but don t be dauntedIt s part biographyautobiography and part a historical political psychological exposition of how Communist China came into being and how it maintained its hold on its citizens even during extreme hardship such as famine However it has the readability of a novel eschewing sheer horror and dry history uite an achievementThis book can seem daunting because of its size subject matter and fame but it s actually a riveting read and although some of the content is harrowing the writing style is very easy going It is a complex story but it is not confusingIt s subtitled Three daughters of China but it s a story for everyone Strong women are in the foreground but one of the most powerfully drawn characters is Jung Chang s father born poor largely self educated who loved literature was a passionate and principled Communist putting Party before family rising to power as an official but who couldn t cope when he saw his beliefs being violated in the name of the PartyContradictions inherent in the system They verbally attacked each other with Mao s uotations making cynical use of his guru like elusiveness it was easy to select a uotation of Mao s to suit any situation or even both sides of the same argument Although I have read uite a few books about China this one gets to the heart of the contradictions of The Party and how to brainwash a vast nation far better than many others When Jung Chang subseuently wrote a biography of Mao she d already done much of the groundwork in Wild SwansBrutality and hypocrisy of various kinds are described but it s some of the subtler hardships that were especially vivid I find it extraordinary that strong family ties could coexist with couples not allowed to live together and an apparent casualnessresignation of children left to live with wet nurses relatives or in boarding nurseries for years Image Scene from The Red Detachment of Women one of the Eight Model Operas of the Cultural Revolution SourceDuring the Cultural Revolution which began when Jung Chan was a teenager ignorance was glorified even in universities and beautiful artefacts destroyed the family were expelled from the official compound and sent to live in rooms in an old mansion Beauty was so despised that my family was sent to this lovely house as a punishmentUnexpected levityThere is humour too sending those studying English to a southern port to practise by talking to foreign sailors not being able to rename a street whose sign was too high and traffic chaos when it was decided that red was a positive colour so oughtn t to mean stop The extraordinary degree of organisation in some aspects of life and none in others aligned with my expectations but also highlighted contradictions such as being sent to learn from the peasants with no guidance as to what was to be learnt nor account of the peasants not wanting extra mouths attached to not very useful handsFlawsThe main problems are minor but nonetheless irritating Although the political history is explained very well because it is also autobiographical important events that didn t affect the family such as the Long March are barely mentioned and this is where its confused identity between biography and political text book are a weakness People refer to others by relationship my mother my father s mother in law etc which is confusing when different characters talk about their relatives without using names Some passages sound clich d that is partly because I have read many other books on similar subjects but it is also because at times the writing style actually is somewhat banalNevertheless this is an insightful accessible and enjoyable bookHorror and hopeThere are many horrors in this book though generally not graphically described but I didn t find it depressing the indomitable spirit of many of the people coupled with the fact I know Jung Chang is now happy and successful give an air of hopeFreedomChina s people are still far from free but having read this book and travelled round China in 92 and 08 the transformation is remarkable and ongoing It s a crowded country but also one of tranuil beautyImage The calm of Shennong Stream a tributary of the Yangtze April 2008


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