To a Mountain in Tibet [Colin Thubron] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Colin Thubron is the intrepid, resourceful and immensely talented. There is a telling moment in one of Colin Thubron’s early films. He is travelling with a BBC crew along the Silk Road in China when he. Colin Thubron joins these pilgrims, after an arduous trek from Nepal, through the high passes of Tibet, to the magical lakes beneath the slopes.

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The area around the mountain, and through which Thurbon must travel with his guide, porter, translator, and cook–some of thubrln multiple roles are played by a single person–is beautiful, often stark, and Thubron is amazingly gifted in being able to evoke the landscape. From all that he loves, ln must part. I found myself frequently re-reading passages, paragraphs, pages, only in part to assure that I had gotten what had just crossed my eyes.

Hij wordt geconfronteerd met boerse bedevaartgangers, verdwaasde monniken, de onvermijdelijke westerse toeristen en Chinese agenten, maar ook met zijn eigen geschiedenis. He has tried to write about every possible detail of Tibet jumping from one topic to another. This memoir is about the author’s pilgramage to Mt Kailas 22, feet to reflect on his mother’s death. Sometimes the four seek refuge on the mud floor of a home, at other times they pitch tents, greeting, round the camp fire, stocky smugglers in bobble hats driving buffalo freighted with Chinese cigarettes.

Leading up to the Tibetan frontier, Thubron and those in his small party walk, scrtamble, struggle over scree and old avalanches.

If he ever does though, I’ll be first in line to read that book. It felt it more like a litany of rambli I was looking forward to this book as I love things relating to the Tibetan culture.

Instead, the devotees who come here circle around the mountain in what must be one of the toughest pilgrimages in the world, crossing a pass at 18,ft and often enduring severe altitude sickness. Pilgrims circle the mountain a korasome through prostrating, most by walking.

The book’s map shows inn towns visited, but the map is cluttered and the trek and drive portions are not labeled. And yet, to read this book is to gain a sense of the sacredness of the space traversed, and the changes wrought by time and political change.


There is a refreshingly realistic look at the Tibetan Buddhism. Open Preview See a Problem? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There is a mountain in Western Tibet — far off the usual tourist routes around Lhasa — that is considered sacred by Buddhists, Hindus especially worshipers of ShivaBons, and other Asian religions. Thubron visited a charnal ground, explaining that holy law only permits burial to criminals and plague victims — sealing them to prevent their reincarnation and eliminating their kind for ever.

In some ways this was a success, but not so much in others. The spine and haunches of a massive stone beast, gazing at Kailas, are hailed as the Nandi bull, holy to Shiva; another rock thubroh become the votive cake of Padmasambhava. The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends.

The trip is also as much an internal as an external pilgrimage; Thubron took this trip some mont In this relatively short page book, travel writer and novelist Colin Thubron recounts a trek from Nepal to Tibet, where he ultimately circles Mount Kailas, a holy mountain sought by Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, and Bon pilgrims.

Compared with most of his contemporaries, Thubron has, throughout a garlanded career as a grandmaster of the travel game, taken trouble to construct an elusive persona — throwing up a smokescreen, if you like. His dual career as a travel writer par excellence and a novelist has left us with incomparable writing.

Oct 28, Grady McCallie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Colin Thubron calls it Mount Kailas. To ask other readers questions about To a Mountain in Tibetplease sign up. But he tells us almost nothing of his relationship with either person. The writhing image of Demchog — the union of “nothingness” and “compassion” — leaves him neither at peace with his mother’s death, nor at ease contemplating his own.

They are usually friendly. Refresh and try again. If anyone is interested in knowing more about that mysterious part of the world, I would suggest this book as a place to start. It is so light, it could fly. Ravana, Hanuman, Nyo Lhanangpa all find a presence in the holy trek.

To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron: review – Telegraph

Their dispossession strikes me at once as freedom, and a poignant depletion. The destitute are often put in rivers. You sift and preserve for whom? So the story is also the work of a mature author meditating on grief and mountajn the impermanence of all we love, including ourselves.


To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron: review

Oct 23, Louise rated it really liked it Shelves: In the wake of his mother’s death, Thubron sets off to Mount Kailas moubtain Tibet, a peak sacred to one-fifth of the world’s population and the source of four of India’s great rivers.

Be the first to ask a question about To a Mountain in Tibet. Kailas — over and over, stations on the pilgrimage around the mountain are meant to reinforce the pilgrim’s awareness of his or her impermanence — and also creates a tension that drives the book, since Thubron, as a skeptical Westerner, cannot hope for the cosmic salvation experienced by the real pilgrims traveling alongside him.

For the author’s scope and the beautiful prose this is 4 to 5 star book.

The breathless ascent will release them to new life. Nov 16, Linh rated it liked it. It would be a good idea to keep a dictionary handy as there are sundry new words to learn. It feels very intimidating and reminiscent Simply a stunning book. Are the desperately poor Nepali and Tibetans whom he meets making their way through just one more incarnation on the road to ultimate enlightenment?

To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron

Halfway throug This is a book with great prose and a lot of informed insight, but I had a tough time getting my bearings. Nevertheless, I enjoy travel books and dolin about journeying, and whilst this is not as good as his Siberian jaunt, I closed my eyes and pictured those timeless still lakes.

Kailas is one of the holiest mountains in Brilliant. Those who come from lowland southern India are often the worst affected, sold cheap trekking tickets by unscrupulous tour operators who make no attempt to give them the time to acclimatise properly.