A new edition of one of the best-selling and best-loved books of recent years.
The publication of Wild Swans in 1991 was a worldwide phenomenon. Not only did it become the best-selling non-fiction book in British publishing history, with sales of well over two million, it was received with unanimous critical acclaim, and was named the winner of the 1992 NCR Book Award and the 1993 British Book of the Year Award.
Few books have ever had such an impact on their readers. Through the story of three generations of women – grandmother, mother and daughter – Wild Swans tells nothing less than the whole tumultuous history of China’s tragic twentieth century, from sword-bearing warlords to Chairman Mao, from the Manchu Empire to the Cultural Revolution. At times terrifying, at times astonishing, always deeply moving, Wild Swans is a book in a million, a true story with all the passion and grandeur of a great novel.
©2004 Jung Chang (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
I haven't read the unabridged version of this book, so I don't know if the original is better. This abridged versjon was too much a recital of events without any personality. It doesn't do the story justice.
With the complication of names and very complex story, the abridging wasn't smooth and especially later in the book, developed characters appeared who we were already supposed to know but, I'm assuming, must have been in the bits that were cut. A compelling story and I will now read the book.
"I adore this book"
I read this book a few years ago and was astounded by it. Anna Massey is perfect as the narrator and draws you in to this epic tale. Its just a shame it ends abruptly when she comes to the UK. There is some suggestion that this story is not an accurate portrayal of life in China under chairman Mao however it is told from the point of view of the author and certainly comes across as a credible account. I would highly recommend it.
amazing insights into a history i knew little about or understood even less. i've grown up hearing about the events, but this was a great read to understand the reasoning (or not) behind the cultural revolution, how things changed, and how it affected everyones lives. a great read.
there were several moments that moved me....the suffering of her family and the internal struggles they had with the philosophy. and the physical struggles. make me wonder how i would have reacted if i were in the same situation.
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