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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening to say the least, August 9, 2005
This review is from: Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China (Paperback)
More moving than any textbook could be, Wild Swans is an amazingly detailed firsthand account of the struggles of 20th century China. I feel foolish for not knowing more about Communism, Mao, the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution before now. Chang does a great job of drawing you into this world by telling the stories of her grandmother, mother and herself and the horrific violence and political turmoil they lived through which affected their lives to a great degree as it did all Chinese during this time. This is not light reading - it is chalk full of detail to convey the stories, culture, and most of all the sense that life, liberty and knowledge are not to be taken for granted even in this day and age. I was admittedly fascinated by the fact that this book is not allowed in mainland China and made me want to read it all the more - and came away not disappointed.
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