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You feel as if you were there - just not so cold
on 16 February 2016
This is a short book of just under 220 pages, covering the author,s trek to and around Mount Kailas in Tibet. Kailas is sacred to over 20% of the world population and to trek around the mountain - it has never been climbed- provides merit to Buddhists and to Hindus. Full of information about these faiths, their rituals and sacred places, this is also a splendid piece of travel writing that allow the reader to feel as if they were there with the author.
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.