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Wild swans : three daughters of China

Author: Jung Chang
Publisher: London : HarperPress, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : New edView all editions and formats
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"Through the story of three generations of women -- grandmother, mother and daughter -- 'Wild Swans' tells nothing less than the whole tumultuous history of China's tragic twentieth century, from sword-bearing warlords to Chairman Mao, from the Manchu Empire to the Cultural Revolution"--Publisher's description.
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: Jung Chang; Jung Chang
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jung Chang
ISBN: 9780007463404 0007463405
OCLC Number: 762988584
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 volume ; 20 cm
Contents: "Three-inch golden lilies"-concubine to a warlord general (1909-1933) --
"Even plain cold water is sweet"-my grandmother marries a Manchu doctor (1933-1938) --
"They all say what a happy place Manchukuo is"-life under the Japanese (1938-1945) --
"Slaves who have no country of your own"-ruled by different masters (1945-1947) --
"Daughter for sale for 10 kilos of rice"-in battle for a new China (1947-1948) --
"Talking about love"-a revolutionary marriage (1948-1949) --
"Going through the five mountain passes"-my mother's long march (1949-1950) --
"Returning home robed in embroidered silk"-to family and bandits (1949-1951) --
"When a man gets power, even his chicken and dogs rise to heaven"-living with an incorruptible man (1951-1953) --
"Suffering will make you a better Communist"-my mother falls under suspicion (1953-1956) --
"After the anti-rightist campaign no one opens their mouth"-China silenced (1956-1958) --
"Capable women can make a meal without food"-famine (1958-1962) --
"Thousand-gold little precious"-in a privileged cocoon (1958-1965) --
"Father is close, mother is close, but neither is as close as Chairman Mao"-the cult of Mao (1964-1965) --
"Destroy first, and construction will look after itself"-the cultural revolution begins (1965-1966) --
"Soar to heaven, and pierce the Earth"-Mao's red guards (June-August 1966) --
"Do you want our children to become blacks?"-my parents' dilemma (August-October 1966) --
"More than gigantic wonderful news"-pilgrimage to Peking (October-December 1966) --
"Where there is a will to condemn, there is evidence"-my parents tormented (December 1966-1967) --
"I will not sell my soul"-my father arrested (1967-1968) --
"Giving charcoal in snow"-my siblings and my friends (1967-1968) --
"Thought reform through labor"-to the edge of the Himalayas (January-June 1969) --
"The more books you read, the more stupid you become"-I work as a peasant and a barefoot doctor (June 1969-1971) --
"Please accept my apologies that come a lifetime too late"-my parents in camps (1969-1972) --
"The fragrance of sweet wind"-a new life with the electricians' manual and six crises (1972-1973) --
"Sniffing after foreigners farts and calling them sweet"-learning English in Mao's wake (1972-1974) --
"If this is paradise, what then is hell?"-the death of my father (1974-1976) --
Fighting to take wing (1976-1978).
Responsibility: Jung Chang.

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Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular bestseller which has sold more than 13 million copies and a critically acclaimed history of China; a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty and  Read more...

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