To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron

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“Colin Thubron is the intrepid, resourceful and immensely talented writer who has made a career out of going to out of the way places and then writing brilliantly about them.”—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World 

“Thanks to Thubron, we encounter a world which, in its beauty and awe, exceeds our imagination." —Ryszard Kapuscinski, author of Shah of Shahs and Imperium 

New York Times bestselling author Colin Thubron returns with a moving, intimate, and exquisitely crafted travel memoir recounting his pilgrimage to the Hindu and Buddhist holy mountain of Kailas—whose peak represents the most sacred place on Earth to roughly a quarter the global population. With echoes of Peter Matthiessen’s The Snow Leopard, Peter Hessler’s Country Driving, and Paul Theoroux’s Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Thubron’s follow up to his bestselling Shadow of the Silk Road will illuminate, interest, and inspire anyone interested in traveling the world or journeying into the soul.

 

About Colin Thubron

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Colin Thubron is an acknowledged master of travel writing. His first books were about the Middle East—Damascus, Lebanon, and Cyprus. In 1982 he traveled in the Soviet Union, pursued by the KGB. From these early experiences developed his great travel books on the landmass that makes up Russia and Asia: Among the Russians; Behind the Wall: A Journey through China; The Lost Heart of Asia; In Siberia; and most recently, Shadow of the Silk Road. Colin Thubron is an award-winning novelist as well as, arguably, the most admired travel writer of our time. He lives in London.
 
Published March 1, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 245 pages
Genres: Travel, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, History, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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The author sought to mark the passing of the last member of his birth family by going “somewhere meaningful on the earth’s surface.” The closer Thubron drew to Kailas, however, the more he found himself inexorably drawn into the mystical heart of Tibet’s “death-haunted culture.” Western objectivi...

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Early in his trip, hunched over a map in the dwindling light, Thubron discovers that the Indian hill station where his father once hunted lies just on the other side of these rain-swept mountains, a realization that triggers visions of a Tudor house in Hampshire filled with the “stuffed wildlife ...

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The Guardian

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How did you come to write To a Mountain in Tibet?Uniquely for me, it originated in mourning.

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The Guardian

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Travel writing – or any writing that seeks to express something beyond the bare bones of a journey, to dramatise as well the mind of the traveller – must struggle with certain dilemmas.

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The Guardian

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asks Colin Thubron in his 10th travel book, as he gulps thin Tibetan air.

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Publishers Weekly

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“The mountain path is the road of the dead,” writes Thubron (Shadow of the Silk Road) in this engrossing and affecting travel memoir that transcends the mere physical journey.

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The Wall Street Journal

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Mr. Thubron has spent four decades writing in forceful and respectful ways of foreign lands, and "To a Mountain in Tibet" is no exception.

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New York Journal of Books

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”By 1976,” Mr. Thubron tells us, “out of more than 6,000 monasteries and temples, thirteen remained.” Only recently have some of them been allowed to rebuild, mere shadows now of their former importance, haunted by monks too old to travel elsewhere.When Mr. Thubron straggles down from the highes...

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Los Angeles Times

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"The Tibetan Book of the Dead" is a classic, and Thubron traces its belief that a dead person's spirit takes a well-defined journey of its own in the days after a last breath.

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The Telegraph

* Hugh Thomson’s Nanda Devi: a Journey to the Last Sanctuary is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron 240pp, Chatto & Windus, £16.99

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Christian Science Monitor

The dead do not feel their past.” That may be true, but Thubron feels his past and wants to own it so that he can set it free.

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The Bookbag

This is Thubron's distinctive, authorly concerns showing through, and with his personal elements added to the story the book did become a little too far towards the one he felt he needed to write - and must have done, very successfully - and a little away from the one I wished to read.

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Express

Thubron’s writing is as spectacular as his surroundings so he therefore makes you feel as though you are treading the path with him.

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London Review of Books

(The Hills of Adonis aims ‘to explore the country where love first saw beauty, and to gather up whatever stray garlands have been left behind’.) He’s not uncomfortable dilating on the character of ‘the Cypriot’, ‘the Arab’, ‘the Jew’ and so on, and though current events aren’t skimped – he was in...

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The New York Review of Books

His father had been a British soldier in India, he tells us, and the accounts, recently found by the son, of the father’s hunting trips from Naini Tal “are as detailed and exact as if he were on campaign.” His father’s hand-drawn maps “are meticulous, even beautiful, and his observations sometime...

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Spectator Book Club

Colin Thubron’s new book will disappoint those of his readers who admire him for his reserve.

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