Wild Swans

  • by Jung Chang
  • Narrated by Pik-sen Lim
  • 27 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 the epic history of China's 20th century.
Breathtaking in its scope, unforgettable in its descriptions, this is a masterpiece that is extraordinary in every way.

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What the Critics Say

"Immensely moving and unsettling; an unforgettable portrait of the brain-death of a nation." (The Sunday Times)
"Wild Swans made me feel like a five-year-old. This is a family memoir that has the breadth of the most enduring social history." (The Independent on Sunday)

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Memorable, moving and saddening

This is one of the most memorable books I’ve listened to or read. The 20th history of China is told through the personal experiences of three generations of women, including the author, who writing in the first person, brings the suffering and enormous social upheavals painfully to life. Lives made so grim by the injustices heaped on the women and their families that I felt fury on their behalf. I was engrossed throughout by the bravery and tenacity of victims of the different regimes the worst of which by far was that of Mao. I knew that he’d ruined the country by his extreme version of communism but hadn’t realised quite how vicious he and his henchmen were during the cultural revolution. Hitler and Stalin are rightly vilified, but, I think Mao outdid them in his megalomania. It’s sad how the early optimism that Mao’s take-over of the country would create a more equal society degenerated into a highly hierarchical regime of fear and cruelty, a ruined economy, mass starvation and millions of deaths. A period of madness that also obliterated much of China’s proud cultural heritage and scarred the lives of a generation.

I unreservedly recommend this superb and well narrated book.

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- Kirstine

History

I have never read anything about China, I am so happy I have read this. It has explained so much that I had no knowledge about. I am looking forward to learning more especially if it means that Jung Chang has written it. Thank you for sharing your family's amazing story .
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- Nick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-04-2015
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd