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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The crowning disc on the sun transmits solar wisdom and lunar compassion into pure truth. Mar 22, Marialyce rated it it was ok Shelves: But Thubron’s pilgrimage results is a far darker book. Thubron conjures the wobble of a tin bridge over a torrent, the “cathedral shadow” of spruce and prickly oak and the two-note song of a Himalayan cuckoo over smooth grasslands. Maar hij blijft tjbet en schuwt de tibt reflectie. Book of the Week listeners.

To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron – review

This sort of travelogue is not my favorite genre. Thubron’s trek is far less a perilous adventure into the unknown than was Newby’s. To a Mountain in Tibet tells the simple story of a secular pilgrimage to the sacred slopes of Kailas in the western Himalaya.

It was a personal journey. Personally, that made it more interesting to me than a standard travelogue. I have often romanticized Tibet in my head, joining the ranks of millions of Westerners who always have done that. A Buddhist monk, in the Tibetan tradition, explains to him that, in reality, there are no gods. Those who come from lowland southern India are often the worst affected, sold cheap trekking tickets by unscrupulous tour operators who make no attempt to give them the time to acclimatise properly.

Understandings that Thubron would like to come to himself, but cannot.

He summons — briefly — the memory of his only sibling Carol, dead in an Alpine avalanche at There is a refreshingly realistic look at the Tibetan Buddhism. Much of the history of Kailas has already been told by Charles Allen in his pioneering A Mountain in Tibetwhose title Thubron echoes.


And so the final chapter finds Thubron at 17,ft, where the coffee goes cold before he drinks it. This is in addition to 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. In the mountaib cave, Thubron notes a spent noodle carton, peeling Sellotape and a torch without a battery.

I needed such a read and it delivered. The area is also incredibly poor, and Thubron wonders again and again–as does the reader–how the people can survive here, how they can profess to be happy. No one has ever successfully climbed Mount Kailas: 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. 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.

To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron

It leapt forth unexpectedly, to great effect, in mountwin memorable first line of In Siberia He enters through Nepal with a guide and a cook. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To a Mountain in Tibet is an excellent read, and I recommend it to anyone interested in Oriental religions and ways of worship.

My mother threw away nothing. The spine and haunches of a massive stone beast, gazing at Kailas, are hailed as the Nandi bull, holy to Shiva; another rock has become the votive cake of Padmasambhava. Be the first to ask a question about To a Mountain in Tibet.

It is also holy to the Jain and to the Bons, an ancient Tibetan religion. To mark this new departure, and to signal the undigested immediacy of a deeply personal journey, Thubron uses the present tense “We come down gently.


A great number punctuate this latest journey, furnishing the creaking prayer wheels and fluttering flags indigenous to Tibetan narratives.

In a travel book, the basic destination or purpose of the trip should be known up front. They are at about 17, feet above sea level. That’s part of what drew me in so much, I think.

In brilliant detail, he recounts his rigorous yet spiritual expedition through this remot “To a Mountain in Tibet” was one of the most fascinating and transformative travelogues I have ever read; a worthy mountaim to Patrick Leigh Fermor’s “A Time of Gifts. Now, in Thubron’s eighth decade, the inner action moves to the lines themselves. This book is both a deeply personal thubrn and a captivating travelogue of a remote, harsh and inaccessible place that most of us will never see.

My ni with the author is somewhat turned upside down. We also learn of the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution and the havoc it wreaked upon the Tibet.

To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron: review

Even a beast — yak or pony — gets half the merit if ridden. Nonetheless, the narrative is finely structured, and beautifully written, the language rich, verging on the pretentious but never crossing the line, There are the recurring references to cuckoos, which seem tossed off until they explode with meaning when we learn the cosmology of the Bon.

It’s a book about a guy who goes to Tibet. It is a short book about three intertwined mysteries: Mar 29, Kim G rated it it was ok Shelves: Kailas after the death of his mother, his last living relative.

Their 5 chief components signify Buddhist elements, as prayer flags do, also representing a path to enlightenment. The author’s struggle both grounds the information he shares about the historical and cultural meanings of Mt.