To a Mountain in Tibet Hardcover – 3 Feb 2011
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This transcendentally gifted writer is of course one of the two or three best living travel writers - in some ways probably the best (Jan Morris)
I would rather read Colin Thubron than any other travel writer alive on central Asia (John Simpson)
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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 10 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 17 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 18 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 18 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 20 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 23 months ago by John P. Jones III