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Wild Swans

De : Jung Chang
Lu par : Pik-sen Lim
Durée : 27 h et 15 min
Catégories : Biographies et mémoires
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Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller and a critically acclaimed history of China that opened up the country to the world.

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 that is extraordinary in every way.

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"Immensely moving and unsettling; an unforgettable portrait of the brain-death of a nation." ( The 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." ( The Independent on Sunday)

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  • SLW
  • 14/11/2016

Mind-boggling account of Chinese upheaval

Would you consider the audio edition of Wild Swans to be better than the print version?

Not necessarily. I have the print version and consider both valuable.

What did you like best about this story?

Although I was familiar with the outlines of this period in China, I found the personal story of the family that goes through the experiences of drastic changes riveting.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Maybe something like "adapt or die" or "what seems to be true isn't" or "you can't always get what you want and sometimes you can't even get what you need"

Any additional comments?

Amazing story, well told.

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  • Rosanna
  • 20/01/2016

Exceptional Story!

Enthralling story. Well written, beautifully read. Truly an anazing story told across generations intertwined with a balance of history and information.

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  • Alexandro
  • 11/03/2019

A book to prevent history from repeating itself

This is a very interesting book that gives a lot to analyze in regards to the way communist ideologies are presented to populations and how these tactics are still used in modern day politics. I bought this book with the intention of relating the previously mentioned “tactics” to the political panorama of today’s Mexico. And it proved to be very useful in that regard.

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  • Fernanda Orrego
  • 13/11/2019

Emotional and historical.

I was carrried through the country and the lives of this family. Good choise for the audio.

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  • nrg645
  • 11/08/2020

Eye opening, awe inspiring, heart wrenching...

I was on the edge of my seat the whole time... it's a must read if you know as little about the Hitler of China as I did. So respectfully and honestly written. Thank you for your courage!

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  • Em Cheng
  • 22/06/2020

Listen to this version!

There are two highly rated versions of this audiobook and I vastly preferred the narration by Pik-sen Lim, who did a great job empathically narrating, and in general is a more authentic voice for the author.

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  • Jessica P.
  • 20/05/2020

best audiobook I've listened to

Best audio video book I've listened to. Interesting view into China's history through eyes of three generations.

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  • Balarka
  • 16/05/2020

An astonishing gift

What a astonishing gift this book is. So brilliantly written and honest. It is as though I have journeyed to the very heart of China through the experiences if Jung Chang and her family.

I also feel that she has made me look at my own life anew even though I grew up in a completely different world in Zimbabwe in southern Africa. Thank you so much for sharing this with us all.

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  • FPeterson
  • 25/04/2020

Grateful

I am grateful for the honesty. I just finished it while home during the 2020 CoVid-19 lockdown - an occurrence foisted on the world by the duplicity and stupidity of the Chinese Communist Party. This book helps this American understand how very foolish the West has been to allow ourselves to follow the guidance of the CCP into a Wuhan type lockdown and how incredibly misled we have been by our own politicians who encouraged our businesses to move our pharmaceutical and other manufacturing to mainland China which is still ruled by the CCP. This book separates the Chinese people and the CCP. It gives dignity to the former and justified condemnation to the later. I appreciate this well told tale of a family struggling against all odds and amazingly sometimes succeeding. I look forward to her other books.

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  • Judith S. Weitz
  • 28/02/2019

An emotional rollercoaster <br />

A riveting story of three women whose resilience throughout their many hardships inspire others the world over to persevere, never give up and find a way to survive so maybe one day their story can be shared as well.

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  • thomas Arnnold
  • 21/07/2018

Wilde Schwäne

Great book about Chinese history for the last 100 years. The lives of 3 women are described in the book but meant is the suffering of all the Chinese people in that time, especially of the Chines women. Unbelievable that China has still Mao printed on their banknotes. My future visits to China will let me make more sensible. Thank you for this great story.

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