I would in case I may have missed some information.
The information on China before Mao's time.
I'm not certain.
A terrific reading voice, she was able to keep up interest even though there was little dialog.
A Chinese women's odyssey - from bound feet through communism to the present.
Information filled, and epic, I consider this tome an important contribution to history. Literature? Maybe not. This book has very little dialog. It is a long journey, most of it "told"; very little "shown".
early modern historian
Frightful, sad, courageous
The stories of the author's mother, desperately trying to be a good communist and to believe in the ideology, but at every turn harassed and thwarted by an irrational state and her husband.
She tells the stories in a believable way. She handles the Chinese names and words well.
There were dozens. It is appropriate that this is one of the biggest best-sellers of all memoirs in English. 16 million sold. Everyone should learn about China in the 20th century, and this is a good start to learn about it. I'll be assigning the print version for my world civilization students, at the college level.
Heart wrencing, historic and hopeful!
It is hard to beleive this is non-fiction. I can not fathom the life that the people of China has undergone even in the 20th century.
Yes, I would recommend this to some friends with similar interests
She has a very harsh tone. Soften it a bit please. It is hard listening to her for long
I liked the fact that the political and family dynamics were explained well. For someone such as myself who had very little exposure to modern Chinese history it was great that the author explained this. If she hadn't, I doubt I would have understood why her family was treated the way they were
One reviewer earlier put it that it was like having a teacher read to you. THis description is apt. I think it both assisted in the educational aspect of this autobiography, while removing the emotional components.
This book made me angry, particularly toward the middle, where the obvious betrayal of those who gave all for the government were summarily betrayed. The ending was fitting, hopeful, and the epilogue helped explain what happened later, which didn't leave us hanging
An important family history, wonderfully descriptive. Worth the read if the narration doesn't distract you.
I started reading eight years ago. I like medical, legal, and historical fiction. Biographies are sometimes interesting too.
This was an eye opener into the history of China and the changes in government that impacted the lives of the Chinese. A very good insight into the beliefs and values of these people as well as their strengths in facing their many trials.
Not like a history book but very informative. I was drawn into the book immediately.
Joy's voice in telling the story. It seemed that I was sitting in her living room and listening to her tell a story.
I liked the way the author intertwined her personal story with the history of China
This is a "must read" if you are traveling to China and want to understand how the country evolved to where it is today.
Good story, good reader but writing did not keep my attention. Listened to the book on the way to China, on plane, and while there; even with that connection, lost interest because of writing style.
The Q :While I drive, on public transportation, when there is a need to tune everyone out and transport myself to another place, another time...
This is just an eye-opening read. I knew nothing of China - and now have some insight into a closed world. One can not imagine a family traversing such change, personal challenge, physical and mental strife - and it is not a single moment in their lives but a day after day, year after year for decades. It is one of the most intense human dramas I have ever read.
The relationship between the generations of the women. Although all 3 lives were amazingly different - , there is this bond of diamond strength between them. One instinctlively knows they could not possibly have agreed or even understood, the decisions made, yet there is a deep understanding, respect and support. I came across admiring each for their personal strength and courage during the most dire of times and events. Their life's course is something that is completely foreign to me - yet I was absorbed, absorbed, absorbed. I would read and think, it can't get any worse, and then this family would take another hit. Ms. Chang writes so wonderfully, even though this is her story, she seeks not sympathy but understanding with historical perspective and personal experience.
The story of the famine period was just shocking. A continuation of man's inhumanity to man. I am saddened by my own ignorance of Mao's China.
Haven't listened to any of Joy's other performances - would like to. Liked her pace and inflection.
Simply surviving in their world takes warrior strength.
Young women should read to get an intimate understanding of what women have had to go through to survive. Especially in Western culture we take our freedoms for granted and need to be more reflective of what came before us. These women's stories take place in the not so distant past, and we need to understand their decisions, and honor their struggles.