It is a pity this book has not been allowed to be published in China. The rest of the world recognises it as a powerful account of a very real country going through change and turmoil . It is told through the eyes of the granddaughter but covers the three generations of women who lived through, and survived , some very difficult and troubled events. Jung Chang now lives in Britain and likes it there. It allowed me to understand a lot more about China and its people. It also allowed me to understand a lot more about our current world. She is straightforward and honest in her account and the journey of three generations of women is astounding. It is a tribute to people who can think, who can carry on and who are very resilient. It can be a difficult read at times because it was a horrendous time in China and people had to withstand so much. Other nations have been through similar things and the stories are just as compelling. Human beings do a lot to harm others but there are also human beings who can rise above it and endure. The over 600 pages go quickly and the whole book was very absorbing and enlightening.