Wild Swans - Jung ChangI had always wanted to learn about the vast history of China, and reading Wild Swans is the perfect way to do this without feeling like you’re reading a textbook. The book is a personal history of 3 generations of Chinese women during the 20th century and gives you an idea of what it was like to live under the cruel regime of Chairman Mao: “I was incapable of rational thinking. We were so cowed and contorted by fear and indoctrination that to deviate from the path laid down by Mao would have been inconceivable”. It may be as easy to read as a novel, and at times you will find yourself wishing it was fiction, but the stark reality is that the events described in this book actually happened.

Set in China over the course of the 20th century.

Recommended by Emily Dudgeon. You can find her book blog here: mybookofbooks.wordpress.com

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