For those of us in the West it is difficult to understand what it was really like to live through the Chinese cultural revolution. Was it the oppressive regime our news media portrayed? Or did it liberate women and the working poor? This book provides some answers.
Wild Swans is the tale of three generations of Chinese women, starting with a village beauty who has her feet bound to make her more marketable. Thanks to her crushed foot bones she attracts a wealthy suitor who makes her one of his concubines.
The next daughter is a brave revolutionary who risks her life to fight the cruelty of the Japanese invaders. She and her husband are loyal communists set on liberating peasants and women from oppression. At first this daughter is rewarded for her loyalty, but the communist party ends up turning on her and her family.
In the third generation is the storyteller Jung Chang. Surprisingly her story is the least vivid. Was it harder for the author to bring her own story to life? Even so, this is lucid, insightful and incredibly readable. I am so grateful to the author for giving me Chinese history in such a riveting story. Brilliant reading.
- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (5 August 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743246985
- ISBN-13: 978-0743246989
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.8 x 21.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 540 g
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 460,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)