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Wilde zwanen drie dochters van China (original 1991; edition 1992)

by Jung Chang

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Member:joucy
Title:Wilde zwanen drie dochters van China
Authors:Jung Chang
Info:Amsterdam Amber 1992
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:China, geschiedenis, familieroman

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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang (1991)

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A good read about the long march and the Cultural Revolution. ( )
  siok | Jan 30, 2017 |
In my mid-20s I read this book along with Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and War & Peace. Three generational histories set on different continents in my grandparents time. I was working at an international airport at the time, and it changed the way I understood all of the thousands of people who arrived and departed every day. When I looked at their ages and nationalities, I started to wonder "what have you lived through? which oppression did you survive? will your children have a better life than you have?"
20 years later, they are questions I still ask. ( )
1 vote andrewlorien | Jan 22, 2017 |
Provided a great insight to ~1900-1980 era of China. Almost impossible to believe people could behave as described - just madness. Interesting question I have is how might one best anticipate and react to something like the Cultural Revolution where both government position and education were not only not helpful but in fact harmful and where personal associations no matter how tenuous might lead to denunciation, torture, or death. Interesting also to think about how this relates to today's United States with regard to the antiintellectual cultural trends and with regard to the ubiquity of social networks such as facebook and government gathering of phone records and the like. Will my grandchildren be punished because I have the wrong friend on facebook some day? ( )
1 vote bzbooks | Jan 4, 2017 |
3 1/2 stars

This was somewhere between a memoir and an autobiography. It told of the life endured by the author and her family, beginning in the days of the Japanese occupation of China, but mostly the time of Chairman Mao.

I recognized so many names from the news reports of my younger years, but I really had no clear idea of how those names fit into the geo-political picture. Just a vague notion of politicians in China. So I think I am clearer now on who was on which side.

Not the sort of thing I would have wanted to read, but I was under the mistaken impression that it was a novel. The fact that it was shelved with Chinese history books ought to have been a clue.

It was well written, but I don't expect to read it again. Will probably give this book away or donate it to charity. ( )
  CarolJMO | Dec 12, 2016 |
Despite the immense praise it received, this didn't strike a chord with me the way most personal stories about Chinese hardships have done. ( )
  datrappert | Oct 18, 2016 |
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Castelli Gair, GianTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Chu-tanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gair, Gian CastelliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To my grandmother and my father who did not live to see this book
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At the age of fifteen my grandmother became the concubine of a warlord general, the police chief of a tenuous national government of China.
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With luck, one could fall in love after getting married
They had been brought up in the fanatical personality cult of Mao and the militant doctrine of "class struggle".  They were endowed with the qualities of youth - they were rebellious, fearless, eager to fight for a "just cause", thirsty for adventure and action.  They were also irresponsible, ignorant and easy to manipulate - and prone to violence.
When I came home that afternoon, I found my father in the kitchen. He had lit a fire in the big cement sink, and was hurling his books into the flames.
This was the first time in my life I had seen him weeping. It was agonized, broken, and wild, the weeping of a man who was not used to shedding tears. Every now and then, in fits of violent sobs, he stamped his feet on the floor and banged his head against the wall.
... My father had spent every spare penny on his books. They were his life. After the bonfire, I could tell that something had happened to his mind.
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Alleen schrijvers met een uitzonderlijk talent lukt het om grote historische gebeurtenissen zo te beschrijven dat de lezer diep geëmotioneerd raakt. Een schrijver moet ook over veel overtuigings- en verbeeldingskracht beschikken om de lezer deelgenoot te maken van de gevoelens die de personages beheersen. Over dat talent beschikt de Chinese schrijfster Jung Chang. In Wilde zwanen, drie dochters van China vertelt zij de buitengewone levensgeschiedenis van haar grootmoeder, concubine van een generaal in het feodale China; en ten slotte het indrukwekkende verhaal hoe zij zelf als jong meisje in China opgroeide. Wilde zwanen geeft een panoramische visie van drie vrouwen op een complexe samenleving in de vorm van intieme memoires, prachtige portretten en verteld als een meeslepende kroniek van het twintigste-eeuwse China. En ondanks de haast onvoorstelbare gruwelen die de familie van Jung Chang ten deel zijn gevallen en die door de auteur op bijna onderkoelde manier worden beschreven, is Wilde zwanen een indrukwekkende getuigenis van optimistisch geloof in een rechtvaardige samenleving met gelijke rechten en gelijke kansen voor ieder individu.
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In 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.

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A Chinese woman chronicles the struggle of her grandmother, her mother, and herself to survive in a China torn apart by wars, invasions, revolution, and continuing upheaval, from 1907 to the present.

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