To a Mountain in Tibet [Colin Thubron] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Colin Thubron is the intrepid, resourceful and immensely talented. There is a telling moment in one of Colin Thubron’s early films. He is travelling with a BBC crew along the Silk Road in China when he. Colin Thubron joins these pilgrims, after an arduous trek from Nepal, through the high passes of Tibet, to the magical lakes beneath the slopes.

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Thubron visits a cave where Yeshe Tsogyal, Tibet’s great saint, spent his last week in a sacred trance. There are snips of conversation that give a profile of the every day life and hopes and aspirations of his cook, guide and people met along the road. Book of the Week listeners.

But it is the local culture and sundry religious views of death that capture his imagination as he treks to the holiest mountain in the world.

I tried to imagine this, but the wrong words swam colon my mind: We’re offered insights into the mystical land of Nepal and Tibet as well as the infinite and venerated customs and beliefs of those who seek nirvana. The best example is the description of Saga Dawa p. This IS a trip TO a mountain Sometimes it was information overload as the flow of the information was coolin natural as per the flow of the story.

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To a Mountain in Tibet

To a Mountain in Tibet is a story about a man undertaking a journey towards the holy peak Kailas after the death of his mother. But on from these lower reaches, Kailis’ s peak rises sacrosanct.

But, and there is a but, because this didn’t maintain his four star quality, it didn’t have the passion, or invoke the colour or excitement that for me his other co,in has. Only their religious beliefs give apparent meaning to the limited number of years and opportunities allotted them.

From Nepal, where his father hunted bear and big cats eighty yea “In the beginning Kailas was just rock—rock and stones.

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Not so much his fiction, but that is another 2 star story. This is a ccolin with great prose and a lot of informed insight, but I had a tough time getting my bearings.

In a travel book, the basic destination or purpose of the trip should be known up front. Thubron does a magnificent job exposing that, lifting the veil from a place that can be at times harsh, lovely, confusing, brutal, and that has a violent history. That’s part of what drew me in so much, I think.

Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The poverty of Nepal and Tibet contract with the West’s imaginings of these places as repositories of ancient wisdom, home of compassion’s icon, the Dalai Lama, now exiled.


Thubron is trying to cope with her death, and as we learn late in the book, the death at a young age of his sister. tobet

To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron: review

InThe Times ranked him 45th on their list of the 50 greatest postwar British writers. He walks over passes through the Himalayas, crosses into Tibet, and arrives ultimately at the foot of Kailas.

And yet, the journey, at least as he recounts it here, does offer a kind of resolution. How to decide what is to survive, what is to perish? For months the papers lie piled, waiting.

This memoir is about the author’s pilgramage to Mt Kailas 22, feet to reflect on his mother’s death. And his economical prose seems perfectly suited to describing the barren landscape around Mount Kailas: De reis is de reis, ot zwaar soms, maar ook verblindend mooi.

Na de dood van zijn moeder is Thubron de oudste van zijn familie. A peak cloin has never been scaled, but a mountain that has witnessed the circumambulation of scores of pilgrims across centuries. I did very much enjoy the beginning of this novel. Nothing of the individual survives.