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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Their 5 chief components signify Buddhist elements, as prayer flags do, also representing a path to enlightenment.

Mar 29, Kim G rated it it was ok Shelves: Thubron is cooin climber and he was not traveling to the mountain to climb it, but to walk around it in a clockwise direction, and bathe in the waters nearby, which is the goal of all the pilgrims who visit the mountain.

The book’s map shows the towns visited, but the map is cluttered and the trek and drive portions are not labeled. The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends. Felt at points I was supposed to buy into the family tragedy in much the same way that Dickens gave us poor Nell to boost his readership.

To the pious, the mountain radiates gold or refracts like crystal. To touch briefy on the location of his journey – a trek from Nepal up to and across the border to Tibet, and on to a pilgrimage circuit around Mt Kailas, the most cllin of the worlds mountains to the Buddhist, Bon and Hindu religions.

In Chinese myth, the mountain is called Mount Meru.


I loved mountaon part of his writting. Ravana, Hanuman, Nyo Lhanangpa all find a presence in the holy trek. There are snips of conversation that give a profile of the every day life and hopes and aspirations of his cook, guide and people met along the road.

For him, his journey, his kora circumambulation of pilgrimage is for his mother, and while he touches on it a few times, he certainly doesn’t overshare, or make the book about his mother. Their ribs are slashed in chiaroscuro, and their last outcrops pour towards the valley in the fluid, anthropomorphic shapes that pilgrims love. Dec 01, Cat Fithian rated it really liked cllin Shelves: They are usually friendly. He looks for that same meaning.

His mother has passed away, following his father and his sister, who died in a skiing accident in her early twenties. He shows that like the worlds great monotheisms in Europe and the Middle East, Buddhism and Hinduism are synchretic in the Himalayas. Thubron does a magnificent job exposing that, lifting the veil from a place that can be at times harsh, lovely, confusing, brutal, and that has a violent history.

Hoewel Naar een Berg in Tibet als zijn meest persoonlijke boek wordt geprezen, ben ik er pas nu toe gekomen het te lezen. Chortens are miniature Mt. The Pole Star hangs immutable above. During the last thousand feet of a kora pilgrimage climbboth Hindus and Buddhists pass into ritual death. That’s part of what drew me in so much, I think.

To a Mountain in Tibet

He walks over passes through the Himalayas, crosses into Tibet, and arrives ultimately at the foot of Kailas. Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. He draws them out go tact: It feels very intimidating and reminiscent Simply a stunning book. He has written a lot about the Buddhist and Bon religions, and the crossover of Hinduism.


Oct 28, Grady McCallie rated it it was amazing Shelves: If he ever does though, I’ll be first in mounttain to read that book.

To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron – review

He was, at the time, in his late 60s, and the only surviving member of his family, having seen his father, sister, and mother all pass. He longs also to believe. At half light, a herd of goats canter through, each carrying a saddlebag of salt and capering to the whistles of Humla buccaneers in conical caps.

Steering at first by the Karnali river, the group soon swings north-west towards the Nala Kankar Himal that shelves moyntain Tibet, walking under walnut and apricot trees, through silent Thakuri villages and paddy fields, where traders once bartered salt and wool for lowland grains.

How to decide what is to survive, what is to perish? The author excels at describing place and people while keeping intact the mystery that surrounds it all.

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

It is a short book, and over half of it is actually set in neighbouring Nepal, with which I am much more familiar, so I enjoyed that section very much. Na de dood van zijn moeder is Thubron de oudste van zijn familie.

It felt it more like a litany of ramblings when there was a chance for more understanding of culture and the people who inhabit this beautiful but severe land. Samen met Paul Theroux bracht hij me, toen ik nog jonger was, niet alleen reis- maar ook letterkriebels.

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