This is a story about women of three different generations; the author, her mother (a Maoist revolutionary), and her grandmother (foot-bound). It is a great piece which reads like a story while giving a view of communist China. While I had already read some books about China before going there in 2012, her perspectives on life and her stories where not told in the West until very recent. I could guess that many facts perhaps still haven’t seen daylight in parts of modern China. Interestingly, this book gives a Chinese view on why someone would adore Communism and a leader like Mao. However, after researching the political, economic and social aspects of the Mao period, it continues to be hard for me to understand this devotion.
“Wild Swans” by Jung Chang
by Sanne ⋅