Jan 27, 2020lukasevansherman rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
"Father is Close, Mother is Close, but Neither Is as Close as Chairman Mao."-Communist slogan
A sweeping, novelistic multi-generational story of life in 20th century China. Jung Chang traces her family history against the backdrop of incredible tumult: the Japanese occupation, the civil war, the Communist Revolution, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution. It puts a human face on history and shows how brutal life was under Mao, whom Chang has also written a book about. I'd also recommend Frank Dikotter's books about China during the Mao era.