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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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It certainly helped that he spoke Chinese! The only thing that is wrong with a good book is that it ends quickly when you want it to be never ending. History and knowing how things used travles be is important for understanding what happens today. I would have loved it more if he had slowed down with the details. The narrative of desert lake and surrounding barren land is nicely put and vividly visualized.

Makes me a little jealous that I never learned Mandarin well enough to ride as a passenger in these Chinese trucks that Seth takes throughout the journey. This is a short but very enjoyable travel book chronicling the authors route home from Nanjing in China to Delhi in India. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to travelz. However, I could imagine about the travel he described through his incomparable language and wit as I was making my progress through southern China.

Write a review Rate this item: Reviews User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. Please choose whether or not you want other throuhg to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours. But if I were born to tubet inhuman, dehumanising misery in which the poorest third of our people travles, to the squalor and despair and debility that is their life, my answer would not be the same.


Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. To make it all worse, both he and Gyanseng sleeptalk. And I’ve been to Xinjiang variant of Sinkiang and this spelling also appears in the bookso what was Vikram Seth going to tell me that I didn’t know? I found it very interesting to get this Indian perspective on the region, not filtered through the west as I am used to hearing, though by now From Heaven Lake is over thirty years old and likely rather out of date.

May 01, Tariq Mahmood rated it really liked it Shelves: Based on a travel journal, this is a very personal account of Seth’s hitchhiking journey thrpugh China, where he was an exchange student, through Tibet to reach Nepal to eventually fly home to his parents in Delhi. The name field is required. The author was studying in China and finagled permission to travel home to India via Tibet. The much-vaunted heating sinkiqng the truck is ineffectual.

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.

An unusually forthcoming writer whose published material is replete with un- or thinly-disguised details as to the personal lives of himself and his intimates related in a highly engaging narrative voice, Seth has said that he is somewhat perplexed that his readers often in consequence presume to an unwelcome degree of personal familiarity with him.

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. It is amazing how he got the courage to hitch hike his way from China to Delhi via Tibet in the year of when he was a student studying at Nanjing University, China.


Please enter your name. China — Tibet Autonomous Region. Oct 18, Krishna Sruthi Srivalsan rated it it was amazing. View most popular tags as: In Lhasa, looking at the tourist sites, Seth tags onto an American tour group so as to be let into one site.

From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet

Man does not, of course, live by bread alone, but with so little of it he can hardly be said to live at all. Qinghai, Turfan, Dunhuang, Germu, Lhasa – these are all vague places on the map, but through the book I felt sinkianb if I was visiting these very places, and learning about their people.

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In a short span the author has narrated the land, the flood I have read this book last december. What is the best way to experience another culture?

From Heaven Lake : travels through Sinkiang and Tibet

The flow in uninterrupted and he has amazing control over his words. Don’t have an account?

The sheepskin on the seat cuts out a bit of the cold rising from below. It is a gem of a travelogue, and what has won my admiration is that he is a Hindu pilgrim. Dec 17, Sukhada rated it it was amazing Shelves: His descriptions of that region are revealing and hopeful: Sep 11, Naomi rated it liked it Recommends it for:


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