Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular bestseller which has sold more than 13 million copies and a critically acclaimed history of China; a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty and an uplifting story of bravery and survival.
Through the story of three generations of women in her own family – the grandmother given to the warlord as a concubine, the Communist mother and the daughter herself – Jung Chang reveals the epic history of China’s twentieth century.
Breathtaking in its scope, unforgettable in its descriptions, this is a masterpiece which is extraordinary in every way.
”'It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of this book.” - Mary Wesley
”'Everything about 'Wild Swans' is extraordinary. It arouses all the emotions, such as pity and terror, that great tragedy is supposed to evoke, and also a complex mixture of admiration, despair and delight at seeing a luminous intelligence directed at the heart of darkness.” - Minette Marrin, Sunday Telegraph
”'Immensely moving and unsettling; an unforgettable portrait of the brain-death of a nation.” - J. G. Ballard, Sunday Times
”''Wild Swans' made me feel like a five-year-old. This is a family memoir that has the breadth of the most enduring social history.” - Martin Amis, Independent on Sunday
”'There has never been a book like this.” - Edward Behr, Los Angeles Times