Jung chang builds her story, an account of china's tumultuous history during the 20th century, around the lives of three generations of women - her grandmother, mother and herself, the wild swans of the title. Wild swans: three daughters of china is a family history that spans a century, recounting the lives of three female generations in china, by chinese writer jung chang first published in 1991, wild swans contains the biographies of her grandmother and her mother, then finally her own autobiography. A mish-mash of personal memoir, family saga, history, feminist literature, and global and chinese politics, wild swans: three daughters of china covers it all vividly the book covers the life of jung chang's grandmother, her mother, and herself over the course of a china that was constantly changing in response to the changing times and the.
Jung chang says she does not enjoy arguments, but the latest book from the writer whose works are banned in china is proving to be typically contentious the wild swans author has offered a. October 13, 1991, page 007014 the new york times archives wild swans three daughters of china by jung chang illustrated 524 pp new york: simon & schuster $25 mao zedong was dead and the. Wild swans is still banned in her native country and, not surprisingly, mao won't be published there either, though chang is working on a chinese translation and is confident that, like wild swans. - wild swans wild swans is a novel expressing the history and tradition of the chinese culture through the eyes of one, jung chang jung chang tells the story of a struggling china dealing with communism through three generations of women: her grandmother, her mother, and herself.
My most recent time-traveling trip took me back to 1909 and through to 1978 in china while reading jung chang's memoir wild swans, three daughters of china my friend, cheryl, picked up this book on a bargain hunting shopping spree after the title caught her eye. Chang rose to fame after writing wild swans, a memoir binding together the experiences of chang's own early life in china with that of her mother and grandmother published in 1991, it ignited in many readers a lifelong fascination with the complex and deeply chequered country. Jung chang might be the best known female author about communist china during the rule of mao zedong (tse-tung) she was born into communist china and lived there during the cultural revolution and the height of the cult of mao. Few books have had such an impact as wild swans: a popular best seller and a critically acclaimed history of china that opened up the country to the world through the story of three generations of women in her own family - the grandmother given to the warlord as a concubine, the communist mother, and the daughter herself - jung chang reveals. 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.
It's testament to the esteem in which jung chang is held by the public that, having not released a new book since her biography of mao in 2005, her second after the 13-million-selling wild swans. The story of three generations in twentieth-century china that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history—a bestselling classic in thirty languages with more than ten million copies sold around the world, now with a new introduction from the author. « wild swans three daughters of china » by jung chang was published in 1991, two years after the tiananmen square events i just finished reading this immensely successful book. Through the story of three generations of women in her own family - the grandmother given to the warlord as a concubine, the communist mother, and the daughter herself - jung chang reveals the epic history of china's 20th century. Jung chang was born in yibin, sichuan province, china, in 1952 she was briefly a red guard, and then a peasant, a ââeâ~barefoot doctorââeâ(tm), a steelworker and an electrician.
Wild swans is a memoir of three generations of women growing up in 20th-century china chang, the author, is the final link in this chain the story reads like the sweeping family sagas of genre fiction but rises far above the norm. The book is still banned in china, as it is wild swans, but slowly the two tomes (sitting at 992 and 720 pages) have sneaked their way in to the still closed society the book is published in hong kong (although officially a part of china, the island is in practice, a very separate society) and many copies have been sneaked on to the mainland. At the beginning of wild swans, the author jung chang provides a useful chronology of the book's contentsfamily and personal histories are documented against the general history of chinese.
The best-selling author of wild swans, an account of three generations of women in her family, chang gained a following for her frank portrait of life in china in the 20th century. Wild swans by jung chang [a review] wild swans is, simply put, a masterpiece it is a memoir of three generations of author jung chang's family, principally told around the lives of her grandmother, mother and herself.
It is 35 years since jung chang arrived in britain from communist china and 22 years since the publication of wild swans, her bestselling memoir she is 61 now and yet the figure picking her away. In 2003, jung chang wrote a new foreword to wild swans, describing her early life in britain and explaining why she wrote the book having lived in china during the 1960s and 1970s, she found britain exciting and loved the country, especially its diverse range of culture, literature and arts. The book: wild swans: three daughters of china, by jung chang in short: this is a memoir sharing the incredible, true story of three women in china—from a warlord's concubine born in 1909 to her granddaughter, a product of the cultural revolution who became the first chinese person to receive a doctorate (in linguistics) at a british.