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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He has described the ever changing scenery of first Nepal, and then Tibet – and described it incredibly well.

Few beliefs are older than the notion that heaven and earth were once conjoined, and that gods and men moved up and down a celestial ladder — or a rope or vine — and mingled at ease. At the sentence level, this mountaln great writing: They have already passed through a painless, premature death.

The mountain rises abruptly from the flat western Tibetan plateau, approximately kilometres from Lhasa. Halfway throug This is a book with great prose and a lot of informed insight, but I had a tough time getting my bearings.

The destitute are often put tlbet rivers. Thubron has a moving passage in which he describes meeting a group of these frustrated Hindu pilgrims turning back in disappointment and despair from their failed attempt.


To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron: review – Telegraph

Demchog and his consort are locked in an erotic embrace, representing the union of “nothingness” and “compassion. If you want to encounter mountaim places, customs and gods of the mountain, if you want to expand your horizons beyond your wildest imagination, I urge you to pick up this book and read. Dec 01, Cat Fithian rated it really liked it Shelves: But the God of Death dwells on the mountain.

Thubron describes in detail, throughout his trek, the cosmic views held by Buddhists and to a lesser degree, Hindus. He husbands yo lyrical expression artfully. From all that he loves, man must part.

His Behind the Wall details a 10,mile solo voyage across China. Samen met Paul Theroux bracht hij me, toen ik nog jonger was, niet alleen reis- maar ook letterkriebels.

To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron – review | Books | The Guardian

At half light, a herd of goats canter through, each carrying a saddlebag of salt and capering to the whistles of Humla buccaneers in conical caps.

He fhubron for that same meaning. Beautiful and haunting and enigmatic. His parents, his sister.

To a Mountain in Tibet

For him, his journey, his kora circumambulation of pilgrimage is for his mother, and while he touches on it a few times, he certainly doesn’t overshare, or make the book about his mother. Interesting travel writing, cultural history, mountain climbing, etc.

Buddhists interpretations of the soul, the sometimes sordid and almost always confusing reality of the temples cannot help Thubron understand his place in the world, or the meaning of death. Along with two guides, Thubron embarks on a pilgrimage that begins in Nepal and crosses into Tibet, recounting not only his arduous journey but also the political and cultural history of Tibet and the West’s continued fascination with its mysticism.


Kailas is reflected in its waters: A great number punctuate this latest journey, furnishing the creaking prayer wheels and fluttering flags indigenous to Tibetan narratives.

His observations and his writing are haunting. Misschien was het de confrontatie met zijn eigen sterfelijkheid die hem op expeditie zette naar de heiligste berg: Juniper and birdsong diminish, and the band camps below the 15,ft Nara Pass defile into Tibet. It’s very fitting for Tibet.

Sep 27, Heidi Burkhart rated it it was amazing. The author’s struggle both grounds the information he shares about the historical and cultural meanings of Mt. The book gives one the flavor of the difficulty of such a trek, the range of personalities and nationalities one can meet, and the cloud of Chinese intimidation and control, even during the most religious of ceremonies. I libri di viaggio mi piacciono quasi sempre.