Her father was a watchmaker and jeweler of French Huguenot descent. From the age of ten she took piano lessons; when she was fifteen her father gave her a typewriter to encourage her story writing.
Read the records of the 20th century totalitarian states, and the number of lives destroyed numbs the brain. Eleven million in Germany, twenty million in Russia -- such a mass of suffering is too large to grasp.
Distill that suffering into three lives, however, and it is conveyed with intimate efficiency.
Wild Swans uses the family history of three women -- a concubine of a warlord, a young Communist, and an untrained doctor turned untrained electrician turned writer in exile -- to deliver a history of China's brutal 20th century. Although a three-part biography, the real weight of of the book lays in the middle, in the lives of the author's mother and father.
Her response was to escape, faking illness so she could smuggle her daughter and herself out. Chang's grandmother married a Manchu doctor, a connection that came in handy after the Japanese invaded northern China and created a Manchurian puppet state.
Chang's mother, growing up in this environment, looked to the Communists as poor heroes against the imperial Japanese and the utterly corrupt Kuomintang.
Eventually she would meet and marry a young official, who was even more ardent than she. Together, they would witness the triumph of the war against the Kuomintang: The dream would not last long.
Chang's father was a New Communist Man through and through: Devoted to the republic, he stood on principles absolutely, time and again choosing the party before his family.
He was assigned to another province? Very well, his wife would have to wallk; her rank in the party didn't merit riding in a truck. She would have to work until the delivery, because peasant women didn't have the luxury of taking it easy.
Had he been given a ticket to a play for his daughter? Yes, but she would need to trade it for an inferior ticket. It wouldn't do for a young girl to take a front seat just because her father was a senior official. Chang's father was a hard man, but he believed that after centuries of imperial corruption, a new China needed to be built on the foundation of principled citizens.
As puritanical and cold as he could seem to his family, readers can only praise him after living through the Cultural Revolution via his family.
There's no shortage of brutality, inhumanity, and mass terror in this book: As the biography develops, however, more and more of the problems have one man at their root: But with the cultural revolution, Mao would top himself. He would make Hitler the mean kid on the playground, make Stalin look like a common gangster.
Mao, facing resistance from the Party itself, decided to destroy the party, destroy what institutions had been built upon since his victory, and destroy everything from China's past.
The Chinese would be set against one another and their own past, creating an atmosphere of constant abuse, paranoia, and savagery. At first was was merely bands of students harassing teachers, but their numbers grew and the Party was dumped from power in favor of the new student groups, they began fighting against one another.
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Chang's father lost his sanity after one period of detention, and when he died it was a consequence of a long period of constant abuse. Chang could only wonder, as she witnessed her parents' emotional destruction at the hands of the regime -- if this was Paradise, what could hell be like?
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