Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

Filed under: Books, Culture — Tags: , , , , , — Developer42 @ 17:08

Publisher(s): HarperPerennial
Author(s): Jung Chang
ISBN: 978-0007176151
Link: Amazon; Google Books

Wild Swans is a fascinating story following the author’s family history from her grandmother to herself, covering on some of the most interesting years in Chinese history. The story begins in the time of the great warlords, and brings us up to the death of Chairman Mao. This story is both moving and informative. The author evokes your emotions with tales of the brutal and idiotic violence of the mob mentality created under Chairman Mao, and with accounts of what was being done to her parents during this time. She also made me discover how little I knew about China; I knew it was a communist country, and had heard of Chairman Mao and Tianneman Square, but never knew the stories of how these events came to happen, or understood how they could be allowed to happen. For anyone interested in history, psychology, politics, or the world around them, this is a must read. It’s also great if you just want a gripping novel.



  1. Great review! I’ve been meaning to read this for awhile. I just finished Shanghai Girls by Lisa See and it touched on many periods of world history including the rise of the Communist Party. I’d love to learn more about China’s history, I’ll have to get a copy of this now!

    Comment by Dominique — 2009-10-18 @ 23:52

    • Hey Dominique,
      thanks for your comments; you’re very kind. I had a quick read of your review of Shanghai Girls too, and your reviews put mine to shame. I’ll definitely check it out soon :). However, if you liked Shanghai Girls, from your description, you may also like “Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett. I haven’t yet gotten around to putting a review of it on here, but it’s a fascinating novel, and aside from being based in England in the 12th century, the themes of great contrast between rich and poor, society’s values, and families facing horrific issues are similar.
      Thanks again,

      Comment by Developer42 — 2009-10-19 @ 22:22

      • Thanks for the compliment! They don’t put yours to shame though!
        I’ve heard of the name Pillars of the Earth, but I’ve never checked it out. I’ll have to have a look, thanks for the recommendation. 🙂

        Comment by Dominique — 2009-10-20 @ 05:46

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