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Review: Wild Swans by Jung Chang November 1, 2012

Posted by Geek 20/20 in Books.
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Wild Swans by Jung Chang

This book was introduced to me in a conversation I had with a fellow bookworm. Several weeks later I asked him to lend me his copy. That first night I was up until 2am. I like my sleep so I was surprised when I saw the time.

I’ve read several books set in 20th/21st century China. Harry Wu’s Troublemaker, Mary Wang’s story and Gladys Aylward’s biography Small Women. But these hadn’t prepared me for the huge stage on which this was set. Jung Chang writes about individuals while interweaving History and explanation of Chinese culture. It’s a seamless transition and adds so much.

I could connected with these three women (Grandmother, mother and daughter). Their characters and personalities were parallel to the many women in my life, mother . I was happy with their triumphs; smiled at their love interests;longed to share their loneliness and was wrath by their persecution. My main thought  throughout was this could be me especially as Jung Chang and I have similar temperaments. It’s been a while since a book has caused me to draw out large funds from my emotional bank.

Here is my final word: I will be very careful about how I use the word epic from now on.