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I didn’t finish it. As the Revolution progressed, her work for the party helped her rise through the ranks. She was allowed to visit her parents’ home, but never allowed to spend the night. While the details did tug my heartstrings like the woman sold as a concubine who had to fear the servants it was so depressing that I didn’t see the point in having to read all the extra unnecessary dates and facts Stopped on page After a wedding ceremony to the General, who already had a wife and many concubines, the young girl was left alone in a wealthy household with servantsand did not see her ” husband ” again for six years.

Want to Read saving…. As Mao’s personality cult grew, life became more difficult and dangerous. He was not aware that Chang’s mother was pregnant. Eventually she married a much older doctor Dr.

I read 72 pages of this boring book. Cisnes Salvajes by Jung Chang A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition.

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The focus of the book now shifts again to cover Jung’s own autobiography. Yes it is very informative and the facts and lifestyles that are explained are very important and we should we aware of this history but it is just so dull.


I fell asleep many times chng to read this. Mostly, our story focuses on the author and her mother. Best Selling in Other Books See all. Like thousands of other young people, Chang was sent down to the countryside for education and thought reform by the peasantsa difficult, harsh and pointless experience.

So thoroughly depressing, slow, and not engaging, in audio format at least. The descriptions and overall feel of the book were very cold and emotionless, resulting in myself really not caring for the characters or the outcome of the book.

With them, we learn all about Mao and the Cultural Revolution. Too many ‘characters’ real people to keep up with and too many sections of boring history with no story to liven it up. Stopped on page I love books who can capture my attention the moment I open the first page and keep me interested till the end. The last generation of Chinese women to have their feet bound, she displays dignity, gentleness, and love through all the adversities of the time. Rachel Lail Chang is writing about the lives of herself and her family members, so she definitely fully develops them as human beings.

Wild Swans by Jung Chang 4 48 Jun 20, Very boring and filled with too much political detail for me. It’s unfair to put it on my Read list since I haven’t finished it. The author describes her life in China as a hardship; and then again when she goes to UK, everything changes for the better. I have to agree with some of the comments that the writing is “dry”.

Now that you know that, you can probably understand why I was not thrilled with this book. Gave up after the first two discs. Last time I read it was a month ago and I got stuck, that book was so boring but maybe that’s because I’m young, I don’t really think it’s wow. The spine may show signs of wear. Ok I got it, she hates Chairman Mao because she blamed him for her father’s downfall and subsequently her own falling from a Princess surrounded by servants and admirers to a “black kid”.


The whole nation was shocked in mourning, though Chang writes that: When it come to the describe of herself, her life, I can’t help but feel the self-promotion self-boasting. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions.

Whose Boat Is This Boat? I am from China, so my perspective is not looking at exotic culture, but trying to read for enjoyment. I really try hard to read any book suggested by the ladies of my club! At ThriftBooks, our motto is: So was the book. Wild Swans – Jung Chang.

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Kiranmai Bhamidi It is a tome. I couldn’t finish the book.

Jung Chang simplified Chinese: Got about half way, and quit. No ratings or reviews yet. No wonder there was no unemployment – everyone was a spy, a prison guard or in charge of reeducation meetings.

I feel like such a loser. I don’t have the stamina to keep reading it.

But the, I can’t do Bronte, either.