To a Mountain in Tibet Paperback – 5 Jan 2012
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"Given that Thubron has shown himself over a lifetime's work to be our finest, is seems fitting that what is as much memoir as travel book should have as its setting the greatest spiritual pilgrimage the East has to offer" (Daily Telegraph)
"A master class in travel writing that's also infused with the author's "shadowy melancholy" of ageing and grief...Thubron showcases here all the skills that have earned him the champion's belt as Britain's best living travel writer" (Sunday Times)
"Exquisitely written, To a Mountain in Tibet is not just a travelogue; it amounts to a heart-felt hosanna to the travails of walking... Colin Thubron takes us back to the days of exploration when the going was rough. To a Mountain in Tibet, a matchless work of literary travel, confirms Thubron as a wise and discriminate prospector in the affairs of man" (Ian Thompson Irish Times)
"Daring and brilliant. Thubron has crafted a book which beautifully describes one man's experience of loss, familial love, and even the state of mortal indeterminacy itself - how we all keep our memories, consoled and bewildered by turns, the sun on our faces, and the birds carrying above" (Joanna Kanvenna Observer)
"This is a bold and brave journey, an elegiac book by a master of prose at the height of his powers" (Justin Marozzi Evening Standard)
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To a Mountain in Tibet describes the author's journey as embarks on a pilgrimage to sacred Mount Kailas, encountering on his way a fascinating cross-section of Nepalese and Tibetan society.
Shorter than usual but movingly personal, profound and highly evocative, this is a book (like all of Thubron's) which deserves to be read again and again.
I enjoyed the focus of the book being about the landscape and its references to Tibet's culture and beliefs and it has helped me realise that if I am to go, I should study even more beforehand so I can really SEE the symbolism surrounding Mount Kailas.
A previous reviewer didn't like the lack of human relationship in the book, but for me this was liberating - I often get put off going to a place when a travel book focuses on connecting with the locals - this doesn't really happen much for the passer by and when it does it is a deep shared moment often made lightweight when shared in the pages of such a spiritual landscape.
I think the journey in this book reflects well the understanding that all things are transient. I also felt the author seeing the amplification of beauty within landscape that one can only experience if or when one has lost a parent, sibling or partner. A beautiful inspiring book.
Tibet comes over as a sad place, where the Buddhist faith is largely repressed, and where poverty, real grinding poverty is a way of life for so many. There is a happiness too in the people who Thubron means and the stoicism with which they face life's challenges.
This is a beautifully written tale of a very arduous journey, undertaken when the author was certainly no longer young. He seems to have found some peace in Tibet, and to have seen some remarkable sights.
This time however something is added and something taken away. The addition is of moving thoughts on the death of loved ones that will strike a chord with many. As you might expect with this author these are understated, which gives them all the more power. The missing bit is the usual level of interactions with people he meets on his travels, gaining insights into their lives and circumstances. There are some in this book but they do seem less deep than usual. Some of this may be the circumstances of the walk - physical tiredness and oxygen depletion don't lend themselves to deep conversation, but I think it is likely to be because he has chosen to keep the focus more firmly on himself for once. My guess is that has not been easy for this writer, who is so used to keeping himself in the background. I had a real sense of almost doing the pilgrimage along with Thubron, so vivid were his descriptions, and was sad when it was over.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I came across Colin Thubron recently when he was being interviewed on a TV program. He sounded interesting so I bought this book at a discounted price to see if I liked it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Herr Holz Paul
A very special book which fills the reader with respect for what Colin Thubron achieved in reaching his destination - and with awe for the sublime prose with which he tells his... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Laila Spence Embelton
Beautifully -- poetically -- written. Full of wonderfully observed description but with great spiritual depth. He is a great travel writer indeed. Now want to read all his books. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mrs E A Sandbach
I know that it is a true story, but has a really weak narrative, poor structure and no story to it. It felt like reading a disjointed and terribly linear diary at times.Published 19 months ago by MR E PERCIVAL
A long and difficult journey for the reader too... The story is a mixture of bits of history, religion, personal experience and biography... But very little of the latter. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sasha
Colin Thubron is probably the best known living British travel writer. Regrettably, I have only heard of him recently - when this book was offered via the Amazon Vine program - and... Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2014 by John P. Jones III