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Buttertea at Sunrise: A Year in the Bhutan Himalaya Paperback – 8 May 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (8 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840244984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840244984
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 893,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Britta Das writes with compassion and understanding. A rare insight into life in this remarkable country -- Alec le Sueur

Buttertea at Sunrise, richness should appeal to anyone who appreciates the capable telling of a fascinating story. -- Jon-Patrick Fadely

Compelling and uplifting... an emotional rollercoaster. Buttertea at Sunrise is a special read. -- Yoga magazine

It's a simple, romantic tale...while cautious not to be overly sentimental. -- Geographical magazine

Through the eyes of Britta Das, we gain valuable insight into the mysterious realm of Bhutan... compelling reading. -- Michael Buckley

About the Author

Britta Das lives in Canada with her husband and two daughters. Buttertea at Sunrise, is her first book.


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Britta not only teaches us about the fascinating country of Bhutan but she also shares her experiences with it's wonderful people ,places and deeply rooted religion.

The friendships and love that Britta finds during her year in Mongar are touching and sensitively written.

This is a great book !
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An outstanding book, especially for a first-time writer. Buttertea at Sunrise is not just a novel; Britta Das innovatively straddles the genres of fiction, travel, biography and spiritual interests with her gritty, evocative and compassionate portrait of her experiences as a physio in Bhutan. My eyes were certainly opened to the beauty, poverty and hospitality of the small village of Mongar and its inhabitants.

Britta's story unfolds amidst this portrait of rural Bhutan, and develops into a subtle tale of love and personal endeavour.

A little treasure of a book with the power to expand anyone's horizons; I thoroughly recommend it!
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Working as a physiotherapist in Bhutan, Britta Das experiences more than any tourist ever could. Das is a great guide: thoughtful, curious, sensitive and deeply committed to the people she is writing about. This is a warm and uplifting story, told with joy and a lot of heart.
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Britta brings this wonderful country to life with vivid pictures of the beautiful people and their way of life. There's such a sense of nostalgia in her writing and it's clear she loved her time there. This could be an advertisment for the VSO because even though she couldn't finish her placement, it's obvious that nothing short of very ill health could have torn her away. Her book is uplifting and warm and well worth reading.
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In this spellbinding book, Britta shares a compelling and moving account of a momentous and transitional time in her life and if you take this journey with her, you will be rewarded. I was tempted to complete it in one sitting, but glad I rationed myself to make it last.

It works on many levels: a journal; cultural snapshot; human observation; tutorial and a yearning love story, executed with an assured and delightfully open use of language revealing sincerity and compassion.

Visually atmospheric episodes are interwoven in the tale of Britta`s engaging interaction with Bhutan`s people and landscape and a gentle humour underscores the weightier issues she has to contend with as a physiotherapist for Voluntary Service Overseas and in coping with her own, traumatic, health problems.

The closing paragraphs of chapters nine and eighteen illustrate the fluency and effortless use of imagery which gives the book its special quality, but there are gems scattered throughout the pages:

".....others are left to silence and destiny"

"No immediate intent guides my way"

"Somewhere in that contemplation of me versus them, the seed of a feeling of strangeness is planted inside me"

And, with a Zen-like insight, two paragraphs (I`ll leave you the pleasure of discovering them) eloquently encapsulate the wisdom and human potential of the Buddhist concept of acceptance.

Six weeks later I am still carrying evocative images and impressions from the story.

If I was stranded on a desert island this is a book I would want to have with me.

Buttertea At Sunrise would translate without difficulty into a screenplay. A film, with sympathetic direction, could be an enchanting and uplifting experience.
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