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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Mar 17, Nancy rated it it was amazing.
However, From Heaven Lake is not your usual travelogue; it deals with much more than just one specific journey; it provides a picture of China in Seth describes not only the beautiful landscape he his travelling through, but also the people he encounters — many of them friendly and helpful — and the often stupid and random bureaucratic hurdles set up by the Chinese government, some of which are still in place today.
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Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you. The E-mail Address es you entered is are not in a valid format. Seth describes not only the beautiful landscape he his travelling through, but a One of my favourite authors writes about one of the most interesting regions I’ve ever been to: Citations are based on reference standards. His perspective as a cosmopolitan, middle class and highly-educated Indian student allows for some distance from his subject matter, without ever veering into a sense of outsider-superiority, and the warmth in his relationships with a great many of the people he encounters en route is tangible but seldom if ever veers into sentimentality.
I kept thinking it woul This fairly short account started me thinking about what makes a good travel book. Preview this item Preview this item. In a short span the author has narrated the land, the flood I have read this book last december. This comes after he has been reflecting on the remarkable kindness of ordinary Chinese people, most of whom will go out of their way to help a foreigner, with no expectation of anything in return: Snippets of Seth’s poetry in the prose enhance the effect of the landscape.
The fast paced narrative I say this because there are often twists in the plot which could have made for a good piece of fiction is rich with metaphors, taking you on a cultural tour through rural China, often leaving you with a feeling of surrealism, as you stand by the road-side when his truck breaks down in the middle of a road that barely exists or as you hold your breath, guessing how he would get to Nepal with all the rains and washed away roads.
Mar 02, Aishwarya Tiwari rated it it was amazing. Reviews User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. He comes across as curious, observant, and resourceful, and his account is well written, but somehow the book and trip were disappointing. He jockeys for space, and I am forced to lean forward. Qinghai, Turfan, Dunhuang, Germu, Lhasa – these are all vague places on the map, but through the book I felt as if I was visiting these very places, and learning about their people.
China — Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu. Dec 17, Sukhada rated it it was amazing Shelves: She later accused him of wanting to pocket her change when he suggested that rather than all of us line up individually to buy tickets to a palace we were visiting, he could collect our money and do it himself.
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Your list has reached the maximum number of items. Finally the description of central and southern Tibet, the mountains, the high passes, the valleys and the people takes one in a good tour of the mind.
He was at that time a student at the Nanjing University.
Seth is really very talented. The much-vaunted heating of the truck is ineffectual. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Published October 12th by Vintage first published The crowd enjoys this.
Taking time and money off from the Standford University, Seth stays in China for 2 years. This voluptuous vision, rather than making my present condition seem even more insupportable, actually enables me to escape for a while from the complaints of my suffering body. However, I could imagine about the travel he described through his incomparable language and wit as I was making my progress through southern China.
It is an active account that makes the reader a companion on the journey.
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A nice little book. None of the suburban libraries had it SWAN. Keeping that in mind, Seth paints a beautiful picture of the inner communist China, helped by his exceptional language skills.
To hitchhike in a foreign country, especially the one as tightly regulated as China is a difficult rhrough.
From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet
Either that, or I wanted to go make friends with Vikram Seth and bring him a big pot of vegetarian spaghetti or something. Vikram Seth is such an amazing writer yet one of the most under-read writers of today.
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