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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It ends abruptly but in a way it suits the topic of the instability of everything in our life.

Some very touching scenes and memories in the book. Thubron ha To a Mountain in Tibet is a story about a man undertaking a journey towards the holy peak Kailas after the death of his mother.

My mother threw away nothing. Overall, it is a beautiful, respectful, and sober book.

The highest lamas are embalmed, while less grand lamas are cremated and their ashes put in chortens. Only about one third of the book really includes the circling of Kailas – the kora. Yet another set of cruel and un justified stories of the annexation of Tibet by China. It took me till near the end of the book to actually get my bearings. That is how we learn of the mythical kingdom of Shang shung, the attitudes of different monks towards their faith and life in general, there’s an interesting anecdote of monks getting furious after a Manchester United loss, and another of monks collecting money from pilgrims in a box labeled Budweiser!

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Colin Thubron calls it Mount Kailas.

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In my view, it has effected the way he has written. These are at least partially fueled by a recent personal loss.

How to decide what is to survive, what is to perish? He turns aside and enters the desert for a moment of meditation; a moment that is recorded by the film crew, who are presumably still beside him.

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

So in essence, this book was not for me, although I did enjoy the description of scenery and the harshness of its life. His journey is fairly short, and far from epic, but he observes and describes the landscape and people he meets with such care, that the story expands and commands attention.

The mountain is considered holy by two among the world’s biggest faiths – Hinduism and Buddhism. Buddhists interpretations z the soul, the sometimes sordid and almost always confusing reality of the temples cannot help Thubron understand his place in the world, or the meaning of death. X 27, Don rated it liked it.

To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron: review

The destitute are often put in rivers. In this thuvron short page book, travel writer and tibef 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. These chortens, found throughout Tibet, may contain funerary remains, but more often scriptures and relics that are too damaged to be used, but too holy to throw away.


La sua aria da maestrino? The country has long held the west in thrall, the very image of an inaccessible otherworld, an exalted sanctuary and a realm of ancient learning. Personally, that made it more interesting to me than a standard travelogue.

May 21, Jennifer rated it really liked it. There’s so much more to it than that.

To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron – review

Montain 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.

They are at about 17, feet above sea level. It was hard to make out for sure where the author was actually going, but it appeared to be more than “to” the mountain.

Even a beast — yak or pony — gets half the merit if ridden. You have become the guardian of their past, even its recreator. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Mar 17, Amber rated it really liked it.