London: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003. First U.K. Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Signed by author. Used - Very Good. Black cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Lower right corners of front board and lower left corner of rear board bumped. Light blue endpapers. Signed by author in blue marker on title page. Text block toned from age but otherwise clean and unmarked. Binding tight and square. B/W plates. Index. 15.5 x 24 x 6 cm. 666 pp. / Very Good. Corresponding bumps to corners as per boards. Light wear. Mylar protective cover applied. Item #11459
The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history—a bestselling classic in thirty languages with more than ten million copies sold around the world, now with a new introduction from the author.
An engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love, Jung Chang describes the extraordinary lives and experiences of her family members: her grandmother, a warlord’s concubine; her mother’s struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents’ experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution. Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then worked as a peasant, a “barefoot doctor,” a steelworker, and an electrician. As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, moving—and ultimately uplifting—detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history.