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To a Mountain in Tibet
 
 
Author
Colin Thubron.
Publisher Harper  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.95 inches
ISBN 9780061768262
Pages/Publication Date 227/2011
Daedalus Item Code 22325
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"Kailas is a sacred, snow-capped mountain of the Himalayas in a remote area of western Tibet. There have been no recorded attempts to climb it, in deference to Buddhist, Hindu, Bon, and Jainist beliefs. Award-winning British travel writer and novelist [Colin] Thubron (Shadow of the Silk Road, 2007) traveled along the Karnali River (a tributary of the Ganges) by foot with only a guide, a cook, and a horse man on a long and often treacherous trek to visit this mystical peak, considered holy by one-fifth of humankind. The journey is the reward, for both writer and reader, in this rich, beautiful account of the landscape, people, culture, and politics of Tibet. Much more than a travel guide or history lesson, this engrossing and gorgeously written book is also a stirring memoir tinged with the author's own grief, reflecting on the joys and losses he's experienced. Thubron is the steward of his father's legacy and keeper of his mother's memories, sharing familial recollections on a pilgrimage toward one of nature's precious jewels, and his own parentless future."Booklist (Starred Review)
 
 
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