Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
4 journalers for this copy...
Even though I attended the discussion of this book in May, I hadn't finished it; but now I have. It is an amazing story; and even though told through the filter of a young girl, the enormous pain and suffering inflicted in the Cultural Revolution of the 70's and in the civil war between the Communists and Kuomintang before that, is quite clear. Actually, the suffering inflicted by those in power is evident in the stories of all three women right down through history.
From the women in the grandmother's day to the Kuomintang, the Communists, the non-party members, the Cultural Revolution rebels, life for those out of power, whatever gender or position, was terrible. I'm so glad I didn't have to grow up in that country, even though the propaganda in China tried to paint a sorry picture of life in capitalist countries. The persecution of those merely labeled a "capitalist-roader" or any other label that a vindictive peasant leader or jealous neighbor might want to attach to you just turns my stomach.
A good companion book to Orwell's _Animal Farm_
Two fellow BookCrossers have expressed an interest in reading this, Mofaye84, so I'm taking it to the meet-up tomorrow night. Thanks again.
I'm glad to see this book will be making its way to Asia thanks to rhythm-biscuit!
After I released this Book, I found another copy at a used book store and read it again and gave it away again (not through BookCrossing).
It is one of two books that I have repurchased after releasing and then re-released (in my life so far). The other was "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" by Alexander McCall Smith.
Fly, (not-so) little book! Have adventures with future readers.
I included this book in the Asian bookbox. I hope it finds its reader.
I will replace it with something else and probably finish reading it. Thanks!