Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

-Issy’s Book Club

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Hello everybody! I have A LOT of free time to read now that we are travelling, with my Kindle getting fuller and fuller each week I thought I would take the time to write a short review about book that I loved, those page turners (and not bother with those I didn’t). I remember when I was working I was always on the lookout for interesting new books, the Whitcoulls top 100 lists can be a little uninspiring, so maybe this can inspire you to try out one of these books- you can tell me what you think too!

When I started reading Wild Swans I was hooked. It’s addictive- it makes you forget about eating and drinking whilst you’re reading it as you get lost in the story, reading quickly to find out what happens next, and when you’re not reading you’re thinking when you might be able to sneak away to get a few chapters in.

It’s a captivating historical novel told as a memoir spanning three generations of strong chinese women in a family- the author’s grandmother, mother, and then autobiographical of her life. These women live during the 20th century China before the Chinese communist party took rule under the boxer rebellion, during its establishment, and life under Mao and the cultural revolution up til the 1989 Tiananmen square incident.

“Father is close, Mother is close, but neither is as close as Chairman Mao.” 

The book was first published in 1991 and was the top grossing non-fiction paperback in publishing history, it sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. In saying that, I had never heard of it before and reading the book whilst travelling through China, it shocked me and had a major impact in how I experience our time in the country.

Wild Swans is the best book I’ve read this year so far!

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