Worth every millisecond of the 27 hour, 15 minute audiobook. I have so much love for this book, and so much admiration for the three women whom the story revolves around. It's extremely hard to read (or listen to!) in places, as the hardship, abuse and torture experienced is just diabolical and it's hard to believe that this is not fiction but actual fact.
A definite 5🌟
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A huge thank you to Litsy introducing me to this book! It is Jung Chang‘s memoir of her life, her mother‘s life, and her grandmother‘s life in China. I learned so much about Communist China that I never knew before. I was also struck by the similarities between Mao and Donald Trump… Fantastic read!
Nonfiction is not usually my thing, but I absolutely loved this sweeping story of three generations of women in 20th century China. It‘s fascinating and reads like a great novel - but this all happened to these women. Really excellent.
I don't read a lot of ya for #yawednesday but when talking about diversity for younger readers I think this would be an amazing option. I hated history at school, mainly because they teach you stuff that can easily be tested so lots of battles and bleugh.
This though is a amazing book to teach you about some Chinese history in a personal way spanning three generations. It's huge but doesn't read like its a large book. @TheFunkyBookworm
This was a joy to read - a literary telling of historical truth by the daughter (and grand-daughter) of the women who lived through it. Absolutely mesmerising and offers a rare insight into the secrets of Communist China.
Horrifying and astounding and thoughtful all rolled into one. I loved it.
1. Pushing my nephew Ted on his swing at his farm. The flies are so bad he has to wear a screen. He never tries to take it off. 2. No! The only show I watch is Gardening Australia. 3. I loved The Dry by Jane Harper because it kept me entertained on the long bus trip home to visit this gorgeous boy. I read it in a weekend. 4. I have enough book marks and totes. I am also a page folder! 5. The tagged book from St. Paul‘s Thrift shop Stockton.
Chang‘s memoir/biography of her life in Mao‘s China, as well as her mother‘s and Grandmother‘s, both before and during Mao‘s control. Depressing, infuriating, and frustrating—these women (especially her grandmother and mother) went through a lot during these years. As did others all over China, and many starved or were killed. Unbelievable bad policy and cruelty as people tried to survive. #1001books #reading1001
Trying to finish my last March group read. I was doing great til about page 275. I swear the writing changed, but maybe it‘s just me. 150 pages to go, aiming for25 a day. #1001books #reading1001 #goingtofinish
An incredible book—if you are like me and haven‘t read much about life in communist China in the 20th century, this is an excellent place to start. The story of three generations of women and everything their families endured through war and then Mao Zedong, it‘s depressing and horrifying, but the resilience and heart of these women are uplifting.
This book should be required reading for anyone living in a free country.
Loooooong road trip since we made a last minute decision to go to the hockey game. 3.5 hours each way means I will probably finish this book in the wee hours...
Let‘s go Blues! 🏒💙
I picked this up at the thrift store today for 50 cents!!! It is one of the books on the list 1001 books you should read before you die that I really have wanted to read. Man is it a chunckster tho!!! For those of you who have read it what were your thoughts?
An oldie but a goodie. Wild Swans tells the story of three generations of Chinese women - from a concubine with bound feet, to a member of the Communist party, to a Red Guard who is sent to live as a peasant in the Cultural Revolution. Each generation is affected by the one before and their #historystickstotheirfeet
This is a classic of bio/memoir writing. And a page turner!
This book is beautiful, the stories of a grandmother, mother and daughters lives and struggles in communist china. The author draws you into her family, you'll laugh, cry and feel exhausted as she did. My sister recommended this book to me, and I recommend it to whoever reads this.
A book that blew my doors off and taught me about China's history in the last century is Wild Swans by Jung Chang. The author chronicles her family history from her grandmother's life as a concubine to her own struggles during the Cultural Revolution. It's heartfelt and moving - and still banned in China.
My #10books: I've read and enjoyed 9 of these true stories. Which one is the lie? 1. The Glass Castle 2. Bossypants 3. The Killing of Karen Silkwood 4. Cleopatra, A Life. 5. Wild, From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail 6. Infidel 7. The Paris Wife 8. Brain on Fire 9. Long Walk to Freedom 10. Wild Swans
So glad I found this book at the thrift store last week! Real life story of a family of women in China over three generations. 🔥 #haveagoodnight
One more time, happy #worldbookday to all my daring Littens 💜 Here's a photo of a #bookhaul from a few weeks back that I'm sharing now because I'm currently taking apart my shelves to fit these and other new books in and my room is a disaster area right now. Just wanted to move around a few books to fit my new ones in, have ended up overhauling an entire shelf 🙃 #thebookishlife #thebookishstruggle
This is a difficult but important book to read, difficult because of the descriptions of torture, the treatment of ordinary people and the use of accusations to get back at old enemies. Important because these descriptions are true people actually lived through this and the outside world had little idea what was going on.
Mao's China reminds me of the world in Orwell's 1984 and modern day North Korea a really scary place to live.
The women in Jung Chang's memoir are as great at parenting as they could be in spite of a society that seemed to work against them. Yu-fang made many sacrifices and lied to keep her daughter with her. Bao Qin eventually put family before the Communist Party, knowing of the potential danger. #octphotochallenge
I've recommended this book on Litsy before, it's on sale today on Amazon Kindle.
"At the age of fifteen my grandmother became the concubine of a warlord general, the police chief of a tenuous national government of China." #dumbledwarf #bookgnome #jungchang #wildswans
Before this book I hadn't read that much about China's history. It was an eye opening book in that sence and I think I'll continue on this path and read more books like this. I loved the Wild swans and recommend it to anyone who is interested in history or human rights. There is a lot of those in this book. This book is based on true life so at the same time it's interesting and awful. The story will stay with you long after the reading is done.
Wild Swans was absolutely my favourite book of 2002. Read most of it on a train to Kunming, China and was enthralled. Maybe should have looked up once in a while to take in the landscape 😳#booksetinasia #septphotochallenge #somethingforsept @RealLifeReading
These two are adorable and made for one another.
At this point in the memoir, the Communists sound really nice relative to the Kuomintang, Russians, and Japanese.