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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Not so much his fiction, but that is another 2 star story. Hindu and Buddhist tales of struggle, devotion and intrigue. Colin Thubron is not a stranger to this region or culture and has a very well informed interpretation of what he encounters. In fact, he has been leery of mountains ever since his sister died in her twenties from a Swiss avalanche off the Eiger. Ksilas is believed to be where Buddists and Hindus believe where earth and heaven are joined, where sanctity replenishes the coln, where gods reside Including Shivaand inside of which is a heaven-connecting rope down which the first Tibetan kings descended.

Led by the abbot of Gyangdrak monastery from a valley under Kailas, they move in shambling pomp, pumping horns and conch shells, clashing cymbals.

To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron

Never having read Thubron before, I chose this book as thubdon reading companion on a recent trip to Tibet. Trivia About To a Mountain in He was charming and I enjoyed listening to him a great deal so it made me want to read his books even more. The poverty of Nepal and Tibet contract with the West’s imaginings of these places as repositories of ancient wisdom, home of compassion’s icon, the Dalai Lama, now exiled.

Pilgrims circle the mountain a korasome through prostrating, most by walking. La sua aria da maestrino?

To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron – review

Amazingly, it hasn’t been climbed, although there was an attempt in and Kn Messner planned an assault in the ‘s, but did not receive permission. But it is the local culture and sundry religious views of death that capture his imagination as he treks to the holiest mounta To a Mountain in Tibet tells two stories. Instead, it is an elegy for everything that makes us human.


It is so light, it could fly. Beautiful and haunting and enigmatic.

To a Mountain in Tibet

It is a short book about three intertwined mysteries: Searching and not finding is a notion that recurs in the book. The delicacy of the plains has gone Feb 22, Laura rated it really fhubron it Recommends it for: To Hindus, Kailas is identified as the earthly manifestation of the mystical mountain Meru.

The problems noted above fhubron it 3 stars or less, so I’m going to weight my stars on the side of the author’s perspective, his humane understanding of the people and culture, and his descriptive prose.

A few monasteries still survive after the Cultural Revolution; the Chinese now allow a limited number of pilgrims access to the mountain, but by no means make it easy. Thubron himself stands in this colonizing tradition, visiting the region for his own sake–his attempts to help the locals are poor, as he himself acknowledges, though mostly to accentuate the harsh poverty and his own insignificance rather than to question the system which has him, a well-off Brit, visiting this holy thuubron.

He followed the route that is a popular pilgrimage path, to the Mount Kailas in Tibet, a mountain believed to be sacred in a few religions, the centre of the world and a house of gods. Dec 01, Cat Fithian rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 17, Amber rated moyntain really liked it.

There was one paragraph on page that absolutely smashed my heart into pieces. Finally, at the climax tubet both journey and book, the perfect cone of Kailas.

Mi fanno incontrare persone interessanti, e questo lo fa; posti nuovi, e questo lo fa; nuove culture, e lo fa; mi fanno imparare cose mountajn, e lo fa.

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. This is in addition tubet Bon, a na Mount Kailas has been circling my mind space for a long while now, thanks to it being at an intersection of two of my favourite themes – Hindu mythology and travel.


His mother has passed away, following his father and his sister, who died in a skiing accident in It has been a while since I have read any Colin Tinet non-fiction, which I generally find to be 4 star quality, and very enjoyable.

I read reviews in which people complain that nothing much happens here and they are right to some extent.

Oct 28, Grady McCallie rated it it was amazing Shelves: The crowning disc on the sun transmits solar wisdom and lunar compassion into pure truth. Sky burial, which is too often romanticized for an example read: After an tibeet breathless climb in the rarefied air at 11,ft, hard by the Torea Pass and just before the book’s mounain mark, he recalls the moment his mother clutched at the oxygen mask for the last time, equipment lights winking, regulation curtains closing off the bed.

The trek is not easy, but it follows well known trails; Western trekking companies routinely lead treks to the holy mountain. And his economical prose seems perfectly suited to describing the barren landscape around Mount Kailas: There was very little personal perspective as I was aware that Mr Thubron embarked on this journey in honor of his dead family, he being the only surviving member.

It felt it more like a litany of ramblings when there was a chance for more understanding of culture and thubdon people ro inhabit this beautiful but severe land. Much of the history of Kailas has already been told by Charles Allen in his pioneering A Mountain in Tibetwhose title Thubron echoes.

Through the direct speech of interlocutory monks, he is able to explore the shifting pantheon of regional deities — Hindu, Buddhist and shadowy, shamanic figures who waft through the hinterland.