Book Review Wild Swans

Political unrest caused problems for many in China over the next years. He arranges that a powerful warlord general, Ex. Chi-hen sakes You-Fang as his concubine at age fifteen. The general stays only a few days after the traditional marriage and then leaves, not returning for six years. During his next brief visit, You-Fang becomes pregnant. The general’s household is run by his legal wife and the head concubines. The wife immediately lays claim to You Fang’s daughter, who the general named ABA Sin. You-Fang kidnaps her daughter and escapes from the household.

She lies, saying that the child died during their trip. When the general dies, You;Fang discovers that one of his final actions was to release her from her duties as his concubine. Chapter 2: Soon after, Dry. Ixia, a matured doctor of Manchuria ancestry, falls in love with June* grandmother and the feelings could be felt the same from Jung Changes grandmother as well. The doctor proposes and grandmother says yes. Although not thrilled with the marriage, Jung Changes grandmother’s father agrees to the marriage and sends her daughter off with a traditional wedding.

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When Dry. Xi’s three sons, their wives, and grandchildren hear about the marriage, they’re extremely angry. The grandmother receives quite a bit of harassment from the family and the eldest son even commits suicide, nevertheless the wedding still mutinous. He accepts You-Fang’s daughter, who he renames “De-Hong”, meaning “virtue” and “wild swan”. Chapter 3: China is living under Japanese rule. After moving to a new province of Manchuria, Jung Changes grandmother, now living with Dry. Ixia, begins to realize how terrible life is under the Japanese.

The Japanese rulers are very cruel. The people are only allowed to eat acorn meal and sorghum, as the Second World War drags on, fewer rations and supplies are given to the people in Manchuria as Japan is losing the war. Finally, an American B-52 bomber flies overhead and she realizes that Japan had indeed lost the war. As Japan’s last officers commit suicide or run away, the town is in chaos just like the rest of Manchuria. Chapter 4: The Japanese are replaced by Soviets who were almost as bad. They pillaged and raped, taking what they wanted and dismantling entire factories.

However, they soon leave and the Committing arrives in shining uniforms and rifles. The Committing turns out to be oppressive and ineffective at keeping justice and peace. The remaining Japanese are systematically murdered by the Russians and the Oakum Increase about over t teach been up he De-ho young. Rite economic situation is so bad that the family has no savings and Dry. Ixia, now nearly eighty, is worried about what will happen when he dies. Extortion is rampant, food is scarce, and the money that does exist has almost no value. De- Hong becomes friendly with a Committing general.

Using his military freedom, they travel outside the walled city occasionally and De-Hong leaves messages for her Communist counterparts.. The Communists then start regular bombardment of the city, including one dud shell that crashes into the home of De-hongs family. Chapter 6: De-Hong helps clean up the carnage cause by all the civil war. When the communists take over the town, they do not pillage, rape, or extort as all the there groups of people had done before them. Many are courteous and kind and seem to be the fit kind of soldiers who destroyed the Committing.

When De-Hong reports to receive her first assignment for the communists, she instantly falls in love with a dreamy man, named Wang You, who was a high ranking communist official. He had been on many dangerous missions with the communists and rose through the ranks by being extremely loyal to the party and its ideals of sever equality. The two and several other teachers and students travel by train to another communist held town for fear that the town may be taken by the Committing and there, the two fall in love.

Wang You eventually submits a request to “talk about marriage” to the party leaders and the two are engaged and finally married. Chapter 7: Changes parents join a group of people traveling south. The trip is dangerous as civil war is still raging. The walk is long and hard, walking forty days to reach their destination, Nanjing. Her mother is forced to walk but her father is allowed to ride in a jeep, a privilege he accepts. De-Hong is soon pregnant though she doesn’t realize it until she’s in the process of miscarrying because of the ordeal. She’s very heartbroken and angry at her husband.

After the miscarriage, her parents are separated because of his transfer to WIBNI. It takes her four months to recover and then make the trip to him. During that time, her anger has cooled and they are happy to see each other. Chapter 8: When Changes parents arrive in WIBNI, her father is appointed leader and returns to a form of his former name, Change Shoo-you. He and her mother live together in a mansion confiscated by the Communists. Changes grandmother, Fang-You, despite her bound feet and difficulty walking, makes the long trek from Junior o WIBNI to see De-Hong. De-Hong gives birth to her first daughter, Ixia-Hong.

Chapter 9: This c in Yip herself than a Chant that s suspicion charge During rd Eng f any time devises that most people are “rightists” and need to leave the party, which ruin their lives forever. However, he got help this time and made all of his officials get rid of 5 % of their total participants. In the end, Changes mother was able to get to this quota after many different approaches of convicting people of being a “rightist. ” Chapter 12: A famine strikes the land of China during this chapter. Many people die and tare from this famine all because Mao decides to make this situation look like their wasn’t a famine at all.

Mao wanted to produce steel which led to a drop in production of food which leads to the famine. But, the famine gets cleared after Mao lets others to take charge of the situation. Chapter 13: Change describes life in a compound during this chapter. Moving into a compound was for Change and her siblings to go to a very nice and prestigious school. Living in a compound was very contained with its many entertainment locations. There was no need to go outside the compound for any reason. She also tells of how nice her life was as a child, living in a home where she was a good kid and her family noticed that.

Chapter 14: This chapter describes the event that occurred with the cult of Mao. Many youths were forced into living like Lei Fang, a man who had a huge fondness for “Chairman Mao” and living his entire life revolving around him. Education included studying the words of Lei Fang and viewing the beatings of “class- enemies. ” Chapter 15: After hearing about the collapse of Stalin’s Russia, Mao realized that he represented a Stalin figure waiting to be overthrown by his own people. In order to stop this from happening, Mao endorser’s books called “The Quotations of Chairman Mao”.

This book contained his quotes and would be used to strengthen his popularity with the Chinese. In short, Mayo’s control over China tightened throughout this chapter. Chapter 16: Not until, chapter 16 did Mayo’s rule become apparent. Mao issued the use of Red Guard’s who he said protected and fought for Mao (in other words his own police force). Most of these Red Guards came from the families of high officials and came as teenagers. These Red Guards reinforced Mayo’s word and rule and when money was “betraying” Mao, he or she would be beaten, raided, tortured, or executed.

Chapter 17: Jung Changes father starts to question Mayo’s actions and asks whether if the actions of the Chinese are justified. Eventually Jung Changes father writes a letter to Mao explaining the wrongs of Mayo’s actions (which in the words of Mao, was cousin reverse hem time I out Ii Peking The c brand meet creme were Jung Changes father soon serves time in detention (due to sending another letter to Mao) and his wife makes a trip to Peking in order to speak to Premier Chou Enola, who she believes could help in their situation.

On her way to Peking she tests two lovers Yang and Young who join her. Finally with the help of Premier Chou Enola, Jung Changes father no longer served in detention. However, this does not end well. While in detention the guard watching over Jung Chant’s father plays mind games with him and convinces him that his wife created a conspiracy against him. Things got out of hand causing them to sleep in separate areas and forces Jung Changes fathers mental and physical health to deteriorate (which later, his health improved). Next more denunciation meetings hold misery for the parents.

Chapter 21: Chapter 21 discusses some of the events that occurred within her family. Her siblings) For example, Ixia-he’s becomes a member of a gang and Jinn-mining’s “black market” book experience. Along with these events being told, she tells of people drawing lines between their enemies and friends, sometimes causing friends to betray each other. Luckily her friends did not tell on Jung Change which relates back to the title of the chapter, “Giving Charcoal in the SnoW’, that refers to helping out others when needed. Also in this chapter, Jung Change experiences her first time in a university.

Chapter 22: Within this chapter, Mao institutes the idea of ‘thought reform through labor’. The intentions of this quote made Communists all around China to go to the countryside and work alongside the peasants (Jung Change was sent to Nanning). Mao said that it would make the Communists closer to China. Sadly, at the end of the chapter, the friend’s of Jung Change pronounced her grandmother dead. Chapter 23: To summarize this chapter, Jung Change pursues her career as a “barefoot doctor”. Mao defined barefoot doctor’s as doctors that could be turned out en masses.

However, before she became a barefoot doctor she was relocated to another peasant village, Demand, where she learns of what happened to China before the Cultural Revolution. Chapter 24: With her entire family on the mission of completing “thought reform through labor’, Jung Change decides to visit her parents who can be found in separate locations. Her mother in Buffalo Boy Flatland and her father in a labor camp. While visiting her father, she tries to cheer him up by keeping him company. Eventually other family members come visit which allowed her father to not suffer from suicidal thoughts and whatnot.

In the end, Jung Changes father Apollo Cheap In this facto shortly father Educe with later b on Ma .NET. Moms ions based This chapter gives rise to the death of Jung Changes father. Her father died due to a heart attack which a doctor refused to see immediately. In his honor, an elaborate funeral was held for Jung Changes father. After the funeral, Jung Changes school decides to go on a field trip to the Chinese port, Changing, where the students could practice their English with the incoming and outgoing sailors.

At the end of the chapter, Jung Changes Party secretary announces the death of Chairman Mao. Chapter 28: After the death of Mao, the Chinese become a bit confused on what they should do. The idea of studying in the West became very prominent, as the government ended out scholarships for those wanting to go to the West. The story ends as Jung Change traveled to the West in search of broadening her horizons and experiencing more freedom. 3. Comments loved to read to read this book.

Next to a beautiful story, it gives a great insight in China’s history of the 20th century at the same time. There are almost no similarities between the world these women lived in and the world in which I grew up, what makes it really interesting to read. By reading the lives of these three women you can learn about the different periods of ruling powers of the Chinese people. The writer perfectly interweaves personal tragedy and political situations. This was one of the first books that gave me a lively description about the successes and failures of Amiss.

When the communist defeat the Committing at the end of the civil war, the people were optimistic. They did not pillage, rape or extort like the Russians and the Committing did before. The communist soldiers looked courteous and kind and it felt like there would finally be peace and everybody hoped for a better life. So, a lot of Chinese got into Amiss, because they thought the communist revolution would bring costive change both for them and society. According to this, you could not doubt Mao and you should always be loyal to him and the revolution.

He was almost accredit divine abilities and knowledge, but the book make also clear that, after a while, even communist officials got confused about what was loyal to Mao and the revolution or what not. Junk’s father loyalty even ended him up in a detention camp. People got confused, and fear and hostility authoritative politician and reformist leader of the Communist Party of China Eden_Gapping is also mentioned in the book. He has been the target of red guards, denunciation tenting, harassment, and embarrassment during the Cultural Revolution, like Junk’s parents.

This book helped me to get an insight in how it really was to live in China during the Cultural Revolution; this part was the most appealing to me. Forbid beau privacy ND et shouts accuse opinion who a (But la IS a re lot, she stayed strong. Her attempt to get her husband out of detention during the Cultural Revolution shows her courage. Nobody went to Beijing to ask for something like that, especially not women. Although the history of her family is a reason for complaining and bitterness, Jung Change tells the story in a distant and moieties emotionless way.

Even the famine in the ass’s, when 30 million died because of Mayo’s order to produce steel, doesn’t lead to an outburst at her side. It’s almost unbelievable how she succeeds to controls her emotions when telling about the miser the people of her country had to endure during this revolution. But I appreciate this style, because she gives much information and gives you the change to form your own opinion. And still, it is a very personal and penetrating book. Wild Swans is a beautiful story of 3 women, acting as a lens through which you can gain insight in the turbulent 20th century in China.


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