Fire Under The Snow: True Story of a Tibetan Monk (Panther) Paperback – 15 Oct 1998
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"In writing this enduring memoir of extraordinary suffering, resistance and endurance, he has testified not only to the pain of countless individuals but to the devastation of a nation" (Judith Shapiro New York Times)
"Every household in Britain should have a copy of Fire Under the Snow" (Patrick French Sunday Times)
"This is a book with glory and filth, innocence and murder, wisdom and madness, and at this moment the filth, murder and madness are taking over" (Bernard Levin The Times)
A wonderfully constructed account of bravery and resolve in the face of brutal injustice.See all Product Description
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One question: Has the world forgotten Tibet and her invasion by China?
It reminds me of Primo Levi's 'If This Is A Man', the account of his time in the Nazi concentration camps. Gyatso suffers because of his religious beliefs, as well as his refusal to 'reform' to communist ways.
What is most amazing is the apparent belief of the Chinese authorities that a culture could simply be 'educated' into a different way of living; that those who resisted could, by brute force, be persuaded to change their beliefs. But then, a similar process of 'education' is no doubt going on in the world now, as nations try to 'democratise' countries they occupy.
Unlike Primo Levi, however, Gyatso's book seems to be missing an element of self-reflection. In under 240 pages you get a strong sense of events and terrible cruelty, but only briefly does he mention that he too had to denounce his fellow prisoners. Nowhere does he address the problems of the feudal system that the Chinese so hated. I get the impression that in trying to make a case for a free Tibet, the story has been trimmed of some of the nuances that might have made it less a story, and more enlightening. Having said that, it certainly is an eye-opener, and inspires you to find out more about the recent histories of Tibet, China and Asia in general.
The immensely rich Tibetan culture, as it existed fifty-five years ago is on the verge of extinction, but just like some rare bird can be saved by some direct action followed by many years of nurturing. Contact your government now and lobby them to take action against China's continuing illegal occupation of Tibet.
With regard to our own Queen's recent refusal to meet the Dalai Lama; she should hang her head in shame!
Protest when and wherever you can.
In response to the Chinese reviewer, no I don't take your comments seriously. Maybe you think you speak the truth, but I'm afraid it's the truth of Chinese indoctrination and propaganda.
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A real eye opener. Brutal, tear-rending revelations of how one portion of humanity is treating another, told with a steady and enlightened perspective. Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2008 by MYB74
I could not put this book down once I started reading it. The account is clear and succint enough to put tears into the eyes of readers. Read morePublished on 16 July 2006 by pearlymark
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