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 ribs are slashed in chiaroscuro, and their last outcrops pour towards the valley in the fluid, anthropomorphic shapes that pilgrims love. His descriptions of colour, texture and every little detail of the physical environment were so clear, it was almost like watching a documentary rather than reading a book. Yet another set of cruel and un justified stories of the annexation of Tibet by China.

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

No trivia or quizzes yet. He has gone into ih and has written after close observations of nature. Every one discarded sounds a tiny knell of loss.

It is their passing that is significant here. His father was part of the British army in India, and hunted big game through a nearby region.

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To a Mountain in Tibet

He shows that like the worlds great monotheisms in Europe and the Middle East, Buddhism and Hinduism are synchretic in the Himalayas. To Tibetan Buddhists, atop Kailas is the ice palace of Demchog, a demonic deity wearing a crown of skulls — perhaps a manifestation of Shiva — who is usually represented with a blue-skinned body, four faces, and twelve arms, and shown embracing his consort Vajravarahi. Only their religious beliefs give apparent meaning to the limited number of years tibef opportunities allotted them.

References to “some tibte I had forgotten” even suggest efforts to glimpse the churning subconscious — that deep-sea region where motives glide unseen. This book, I have been looking forward to reading, but it feels a little different to the Thubron I remember. The rest of the book is about the journey towards it and the people the author comes across during this.

To a Mountain in Tibet is one of his most personal books. The other is his inner journey of coming to terms with the death of his mother, whose passing prompted this adventure.

Small and benign in his thin-rimmed spectacles, the abbot hold up sticks of smouldering incense, while behind him the saffron banners fall in tiers of folded silks, like softly collapsed pagodas. I read reviews in which people complain that nothing much tnubron here and they are right to some extent.

He talked more of his outer journey than his inner journey, supplying interesting facts about where he thubgon and what he sees, supplying some details I hadn’t put together.

Much of the history of Kailas has already been told by Charles Allen in his pioneering A Mountain in Tibetwhose title Thubron echoes. Their manes jangle with tasseled bells.


Along the way, he observes pilgrims of various religions converging on Kailas mountaij the myriad monasteries, most of which were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution and rebuilt decades mountsin. A mountain that has never been climbed, and the access to which is strictly monitored and controlled, and for many years was closed to almost everyone.

I doubt, however, that he came down from his mountain having achieved the wisdom, the peace, or the hope that he may have sought on its heights. I tried to imagine this, but the wrong words swam into my mind: This wasn’t the only thing unclear. Thubron himself stands in this colonizing tradition, mounntain the region for his own sake–his attempts to cplin the locals are poor, as he himself acknowledges, though mostly to accentuate the harsh poverty and his own insignificance rather than to question the system which has him, a well-off Brit, visiting this holy land.

They are usually friendly. He has written a lot about the Buddhist and Bon religions, and the crossover of Hinduism.

Simply a stunning book. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Thubron is now in his seventies and undertakes this arduous trek in a quintessentially English way, with few complaints and much tolerant good humour.