Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

by Jung Chang | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0385425473 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingmathgirl40wing of Waterloo, Ontario Canada on 8/12/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by wingmathgirl40wing from Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Thursday, August 12, 2010
This book tells the stories of the author, her mother and her grandmother, as they live through the political changes in China of the past century.

Reserved for ApoloniaX's East Asian VBB.

Journal Entry 2 by wingmathgirl40wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Sunday, August 22, 2010

Released 11 yrs ago (8/22/2010 UTC) at Waterloo, Ontario Canada

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Sent to megami-no-ushi, as part of ApoloniaX's East Asian VBB.

Journal Entry 3 by megami-no-ushi at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Thank you Mathgirl40! The book came in the mail yesterday; I can't wait to start reading it!

Journal Entry 4 by megami-no-ushi at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday, June 14, 2014

Released 7 yrs ago (6/14/2014 UTC) at Calgary, Alberta Canada

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I'm so glad to have finally have the chance to read this memoir! The author is able to personalise three very different eras of China through the lives of herself, her mother and grandmother. She was particularly good at explaining how the process of indoctrination of thought worked and her own thought processes throughout. I have a much better appreciation for the Chinese grad students' position from our Poli Sci 475 seminar for having read this book.

Taking to the June numbers meeting.

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Journal Entry 5 by Eri-Cherry at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Sunday, June 15, 2014
Grabbed at get together

Journal Entry 6 by Eri-Cherry at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Monday, August 8, 2016
This was a very long, but very good read. Occasionally I got a bit confused since although overall it follows chronological order it does go back and forth in time a little bit. Although it focused mainly on three generations in her family, it did touch on her great grandmother as well. It was fascinating how much changed from generation to generation and within their own lives. I thought the author did a good job depicting her family and took the time to make each of their own feelings understandable and their individual trials very real.

It was also a new look at the changes which took place in China before WWI through to after the cultural revolution. A lot of general information which I already knew, though somethings still get me despite knowing exactly what will be said about it (such as the foot binding). She did a good job of depicting a few of the good things that the communists did initially begin to accomplish right after WWII (such as starting some education around women's rights and the elimination of VD) even if not everything stuck in the long run. I thought it also did a good job that whether people were cunning or not, they often didn't fully understand what they were asking of others or how severe the consequences could be for others or themselves.

Thanks for the great read.

Journal Entry 7 by Eri-Cherry at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday, September 10, 2016

Released 5 yrs ago (9/10/2016 UTC) at Calgary, Alberta Canada

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Taken to get together

Journal Entry 8 by agcollett at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Thursday, September 22, 2016
Picked book up at Calgary Meeting at Cravings on Sept 17

Journal Entry 9 by agcollett at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Friday, February 10, 2017

Released 4 yrs ago (2/11/2017 UTC) at Calgary, Alberta Canada

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Will Release at Calgary Craves monthly meeting

Journal Entry 10 by reveredchicken at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Monday, February 13, 2017
Picked up this book at the Calgary bookcrossing meeting at Cravings Market on Feb 11/17

Journal Entry 11 by reveredchicken at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday, May 12, 2018
This book has been sitting on my shelf for too long. I'm so glad I finally read it, I did not know any of what China went through in the 20th Century. Although this reads as a story following three women through the decades it was incredibly informative. I highly suggest this to everyone.

Journal Entry 12 by reveredchicken at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday, May 12, 2018

Released 3 yrs ago (5/12/2018 UTC) at Calgary, Alberta Canada

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I'm bringing this book to the monthly book crossing meeting at cravings market restaurant

Journal Entry 13 by B-Lynn at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Monday, November 19, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (11/19/2018 UTC) at Calgary, Alberta Canada

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Wild Swans depicts the lives of a grandmother, mother, and the daughter and how their lives were affected by the times they lived in and the treatment of Chinese women over the course of their lives. it goes into detail of the horrific treatment of the Chinese under Japan occupation and how these 3 spirited ladies sought to make their own path in a time when it wasn't easy being female.
A great book with lots of history and an insight to Chinese culture.

Journal Entry 14 by L-Marie at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Sunday, January 20, 2019
just got this book at last meeting

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