All liars ... lie to protect themselves, to shield their egos from the raw pain of truth.
If you want to know a country, read its writers.
War had the effect of encouraging people to try to stay alive. Poverty, too. Survival was simply too hard-won to be given up lightly.
What ultimately happened is that my country had a war. I think it would be extraordinary, as a writer, not to want to write about that.
I was brought up in a household where you stood up to be counted.
Jung Chang was the first person to tell a grand historical, political story through a personal narrative.
The Watch is a powerful tale, courageous both in concept and creation: an ancient tale made modern, passed through different narrators in extraordinary shape-shifting prose that makes this not just an important novel, but a remarkable read.
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