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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
Название: Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
Автор:Chang Jung
Оценка: 4.7 из 5, проголосовало читателей - 279
Описание:The forces of history and the exceptional talents of this young writer combine to produce a work of nonfiction with the breadth and drama of the richest, most memorable fiction classics. Wild Swans is a landmark book, with the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic vision of a monumental human saga, which tells of the lives of Jung Chang, her mother, her grandmother, and of 20th-century China. 16-page photo insert.***'Bursting with drama, heartbreak and horror, this extraordinary family portrait mirrors China 's century of turbulence &[Chang's] meticulous, transparent prose radiates an inner strength.' Publisher's Weekly'The story reads like the sweeping family sagas of genre fiction but rises far above the norm. The characters are well drawn, the events are riveting, and the story teaches lessons of history as well as lessons of the heart. It also allows listeners to visit a world unfamiliar to most Westerners. The author brings memories of a foreign life and illuminates them with graceful prose.' Jacqueline Smith, Library Journal'[This] is one of the most intimate studies of persecution, suffering, and fear in Mao's time, before and after his triumph in 1949, and one of the finest &It is the most harrowing and extended account I have read of the years between 1966 and 1976, and the most analytical.' The New York Review of Books'By keeping her focus on three generations of female kin and their practical adaptations to the shifting winds of political power, Ms. Chang gives us a rare opportunity to follow the evolution of some remarkable women who not only reflected their times, but who also acted upon them in order to change their individual destiny.' Susan Brownmiller, The New York Times Book Review'Despite its interesting details, Wild Swans does not tell us much that other memoirs, similarly written from a position of privilege, have not already revealed. One looks forward to an account of China 's recent past which will not merely focus on the experience of the privileged urban elite.' The Times Literary Supplement'[The author] tells stories and anecdotes, in straight chronological order, with little contrivance, providing real-life fables as open-ended answers to the puzzles of 20th-century China &Taken in pieces, Chang's narrative can be prosaic. But in its entirety, the author achieves a Dickensian tone with detailed portraits and intimate remembrances, with colorful minor characters and intricate yet fascinating side plots.' Time'An evocative, often astonishing view of life in a changing China.' The New York Times***Amazon.com ReviewIn Wild Swans Jung Chang recounts the evocative, unsettling, and insistently gripping story of how three generations of women in her family fared in the political maelstrom of China during the 20th century. Chang's grandmother was a warlord's concubine. Her gently raised mother struggled with hardships in the early days of Mao's revolution and rose, like her husband, to a prominent position in the Communist Party before being denounced during the Cultural Revolution. Chang herself marched, worked, and breathed for Mao until doubt crept in over the excesses of his policies and purges. Born just a few decades apart, their lives overlap with the end of the warlords' regime and overthrow of the Japanese occupation, violent struggles between the Kuomintang and the Communists to carve up China, and, most poignant for the author, the vicious cycle of purges orchestrated by Chairman Mao that discredited and crushed millions of people, including her parents.From Publishers WeeklyBursting with drama, heartbreak and horror, this extraordinary family portrait mirrors China 's century of turbulence. Chang's grandmother, Yu-fang, had her feet bound at age two and in 1924 was sold as a concubine to Beijing 's police chief. Yu-fang escaped slavery in a brothel by fleeing her 'husband' with her infant daughter, Bao Qin, Chang's mother-to-be. Growing up during Japan 's brutal occupat
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  1. Jung Chang Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
  2. Authors Note
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. JUNG CHANG
  5. Genealogical Tree
  6. Map
  7. 1. "Three-Inch Golden Lilies"
  8. Concubine to a Warlord General (1909-1933)
  9. 2. "Even Plain Cold Water Is Sweet"
  10. My Grandmother Marries a Manchu Doctor (1933-1938)
  11. 3. "They All Say What a Happy Place Manchukuo Is"
  12. Life under the Japanese (1938-1945)
  13. 4. "Slaves Who Have No Country of Your Own"
  14. Ruled by Different Masters (1945-1947)
  15. 5. "Daughter for Sale for 10 Kilos of Rice"
  16. In Battle for a New China (1947-1948)
  17. 6. "Talking about Love"
  18. Revolutionary Marriage (1948-1949)
  19. 7. "Going through the Five Mountain Passes"
  20. My Mothers Long March (1949-1950)
  21. 8. "Returning Home Robed in Embroidered Silk"
  22. To Family and Bandits (1949-1951)
  23. 9. "When a Man Gets Power, Even His Chickens and Dogs Rise to Heaven"
  24. Living With an Incorruptable Man (1951-1953)
  25. 10. "Suffering Will Make You a Better Communist"
  26. My MotherFalls under Suspicion (1953-1956)
  27. 11. "After the Anti-Rightist Campaign No One Opens Their Mouth"
  28. China Silenced (1956-1958)
  29. 12. "Capable Women Can Make a Meal without Food"
  30. Famine (1958-1962)
  31. 13. "Thousand-Gold Little Precious"
  32. In a Priveleged Cocoon (1958-1965)
  33. 14. "Father Is Close, Mother Is Close, but Neither Is as Close as Chairman Mao"
  34. The Cult of Mao (1964-1965)
  35. 15. "Destroy First, and Construction Will Look After Itself"
  36. The Cultural Revolution Begins (1965-1966)
  37. 16. "Soar to Heaven, and Pierce the Earth"
  38. Maos Red Guards (June-August 1966)
  39. 17. "Do You Want Our Children to Become Blacks"
  40. My Parents Dilemma (August-October 1966)
  41. 18. "More Than Gigantic Wonderful News"
  42. Pilgramage to Peking (October-December 1966)
  43. 19. "Where There Is a Will to Condemn, There Is Evidence"
  44. My Parents Tormented (December 1966-1967)
  45. 20. "I Will Not Sell My Soul"
  46. My Father Arrested (1967-1968)
  47. 21. "Giving Charcoal in Snow"
  48. My Siblings and My Friends (1967-1968)
  49. 22. "Thought Reform through Labor"
  50. To the Edge of the Himahyas (January-June 1969)
  51. 23. "The More Books You Read, the More Stupid You Become Become"
  52. I Work as a Peasant and a Barefoot Doctor (June 1969-1971)
  53. 24. "Please Accept My Apologies That Come a Lifetime Too Late"
  54. My Parents in Camps (1969-1972)
  55. 25. "The Fragrance of Sweet Wind"
  56. A New Life with The Electricians Manual and Six Crises (1972- 1975)
  57. 26. "Sniffing after Foreigners Farts and Calling Them Sweet"
  58. Learning English in Maos Wake (1971-1974)
  59. 27. "If This Is Paradise, What Then Is Hell?-"
  60. The Death of My Father (1974-1980)
  61. 28. Fighting to Take Wing
  62. (1976-1978)
  63. Epilogue


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