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Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick

Advantages: Fascinating first hand story of a remarkable woman
Disadvantages: The 'voice' isn't authentic for a poorly educated village woman

Powerful in Pink ‘Warrior in a Pink Sari’ is the story of a remarkable woman called Sanpat Pal, the founder and leader of an Indian woman’s group called the Gulabi Gang. Wearing their distinctive pink saris and carrying lathis (the bamboo sticks typic ...

koshkha 30.11.2013 · Read full review
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"If this is Paradise, what then is Hell?"

Advantages: Fascinating account of life in Communist China
Disadvantages: Unimaginable oppression

Within the last few days, I have realised that when it comes to certain things I am completely ignorant about what is going on in the world around me. This realisation has come about after finishing ‘Wild Swans’ and becoming aware of that fact that an en ...

emmaclaire 29.03.2004 · Read full review
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Wild Swans: Concubines, dictatorship and revolutions in China

Advantages: Riveting, fact-based, easy to read, unique
Disadvantages: Brutal in places

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang is a fascinating and compelling read. The book is a riveting autobiography, written by Chang after fleeing China for safer pastures. She tells three separate but related true stories in the book, the stor ...

lights84 02.05.2011 · Read full review
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Truly Moving

Advantages: Eye opening, moving and beautifully written
Disadvantages: A sad story in places

Wild Swans is a truly exceptional book; few pieces of writing have ever been able to move me in the way this masterpiece has! I never had the chance to study any history about China when I was at school, but have always been very keen to learn about it ...

fluffchillin 18.09.2005 · Read full review
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Truth is more tumultuous than fiction

Advantages: Beautifully written, an incredible true story, ultimately uplifting
Disadvantages: Disturbing

'Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China' is probably the most memorable and emotionally affecting book I have read. It is the autobiography of Jung Chang. It tells the story of three generations of Chinese women, and is thus also the biography of Chang's ...

sandrabarber 03.10.2002 · Read full review
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