Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wild Swans

Today is smoke-free day 374, and Janet tagged me for a different kind of meme, and one that, thankfully, requires little thinking, which is good because my mind has come to a complete but brief halt anyway.

The rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you. (Or, Maggie-style, invite any and all to play and link here to any who do!)

One day Shu bade farewell to my mother: she and the man she was secretly in love with were running away to join the Communists. 'They are our hope,' were her parting words.

It was about this time that my mother became very close to Cousin Hu, who had realized that he was in love with her when he found that he was very jealous of young Mr Liu, whom he regarded as a dandy.
This is from Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang. It's a long read, and it's been years since I've read it, but it was technically nearest to me in the bookshelf, and so here it is.

This award winning and many times translated book is autobiographical and covers the lives of the authors grandmother and mother as well as her own in 20th century China with the political changes as a backdrop, but it is much more engrossing than that might sound. I recall being unable to put it down back when I read it. More about this book can be found here and here and here.

I tag all who want to play, and I will link to you here if you choose to play. It's kind of fun!


  1. Mags,
    Cool meme. I am at work so I can't play. :(

    I love your design by the way!;)

  2. I love my design, too, because you are awesome! :)

  3. I've never heard of this book! It sounds like one that is right up my alley. One of my fav. reads is an autobiographical one about an unwanted Chinese daughter. Also a long read, but I could never put it down :)

    Thanks so much for the link!

  4. that book is on my list of ones to read! Thanks for playing :-)

  5. Ooooo look @ your fancy quote box! I want your site!


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