From Heaven Lake: Travels through Sinkiang and Tibet [VIKRAM SETH] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Key features the popular. From Heaven Lake is a brilliant, classic account of Vikram Seth’s journey through China when he was a 29 year old student at Nanjing. From Heaven Lake: travels through Sinkiang and Tibet / Vikram Seth Seth, From Heaven Lake is the story of his remarkable journey and his encounters with .

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Please enter recipient e-mail address es. But if I were born to the inhuman, dehumanising misery in which the poorest third of our people live, to the squalor and despair and debility that is their life, my answer would tibrt be the same. It’s a rare experience to read a beautiful travelogue and experience the length and breadth of traveling through China. The E-mail Address es you entered is are not in a valid format. The travel aspects are great – speaking good Chinese, Seth as a foreigner is able to converse well with most of the locals, and in areas where other languages were required he ended up travelling with those who could translate – this makes this book a little different to many similar books by Westerners, who I don’t think always get the same level of cooperation or communication with the Chinese.

I especially liked reading about Seth’s stay in Lhasa, where he visited the Norbulingka, the Potala Palace,and witnessed a blood curdling ceremony at the Sera monastery. This comes after he has been reflecting fgom the remarkable kindness of ordinary Chinese people, most of whom will go out of their way to help a foreigner, with no expectation of anything in return:.

From Heaven Lake : travels through Sinkiang and Tibet

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Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet which won Vikram Seth is an Indian poet, novelist, travel writer, librettist, children’s writer, biographer and memoirist. The narrative of desert lake and surrounding barren land is nicely put and vividly visualized.

Want to Read sikniang. Trivia About From Heaven Lake Qinghai, Turfan, Dunhuang, Germu, Lhasa – these are all vague places on the map, but through the book I felt as if I was visiting these very places, and learning about their people.

From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet by Vikram Seth

Very few travelog’ers can take you along like Seth does, on his impulsive, stubborn and ambitious journey as he hitch-hikes his way from Heaven lake in China to Tibet, then Nepal and finally home, Delhi. Jun 26, Mark rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ci parla anche delle condizioni politiche ed economiche della Cina facendo paragoni con la sua patria, l’India, ed esprime anche i suoi pensieri su Mao e la religione.

His perspective as a cosmopolitan, middle class and highly-educated Indian student allows for some distance from his subject matter, without ever veering into a sense of outsider-superiority, and the warmth in his relationships with a great many of the people he encounters en route is tangible but seldom if ever veers into sentimentality.

Cancel Forgot your password? Books have this capacity to surprise me. To hitchhike in a foreign country, especially the one as tightly regulated as China is a difficult undertaking.

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And from there, he proceeds further west on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau till he reaches Fgom, and from there onto Kathmandu and finally Delhi. Like a good story-teller, he covers the breadth of things by not leaving out the associated histories. Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you. Notify me of new comments via email. There are some pages where t What an incredible book and an even more incredible journey! From Heaven Lake is different from page one.

The Chinese people and the Japanese people are very friendly towards each other’ from Everday Language for Hotel Personnel – English Sentences p Tibet Autonomous Region China — Description and travel.


Remember me on heavdn computer. I felt Vikram just ran through the last chapters when he left Lhasa for Tibet-Nepal border. I got the book quite some time back and was lying in a corner of my bookshelf, because I thought i would not find it interesting.

Also, Seth is happy to give the Chinese political system the benefit of the doubt: He wrote all about his feeling, the treacherous paths and the people he met but sometimes less about the place. Editor, writer, traveller, reader, literary critic. Don’t have an account? May 13, Bakul rated it it was amazing. What really makes this book though is the beautifully descriptive writing.

Man does not, of course, live by bread alone, but with so little of it he can hardly be said to live at all. The book is studded with bits of poetry, very characteristic of Seth, and this makes the book even more special. He then drops off to sleep, and tugs it away. Snippets of Seth’s poetry in the prose enhance the effect of the landscape. There is however a persistent lack of books as charming as this one.

From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet

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Too bad it’s out of print and hard to find I had a bit of difficulty finding this book. Mar 19, Tina Tamman rated it it was amazing Shelves: Do I recommend it – Of course! Admittedly, I haven’t been to Tibet.