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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Like a good story-teller, he covers the breadth of things sunkiang not leaving out the associated histories. Seth compares and contrasts the successes and failures of India and China in the second half of the twentieth century: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Yet to hear any flute is, its seems to be, to be drawn into the commonalty of all mankind, Flute music always does this to me: Oct 06, Marcy rated it really liked it.

Apr 30, Geevika Bhatia rated it it was amazing. Your request to send this item has been completed. Reading Seth is always a pleasure: The wind prises through the cracks in the sides of the windows, and penetrates us to the bone. Just wanted to mention keep up the fantastic work! He’s great on an aesthetic level, too.

He then drops off to sleep, and tugs it away. Beautifully written too as you’d expect from Vikram Seth. His descriptions of that region are revealing and hopeful: Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you. Return to Book Page. 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 throygh a feeling of sinkianb, 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.


Want to Read saving…. Your Web browser is not enabled for JavaScript. There is no culture that does not have its flute — the reed neh, the recorder, the Japanese shakuhachi, the deep bansuri of Hindustani classical music, the clear or breathy flutes of South America, the high-pitched Chinese flutes. He begins to snore. The E-mail Address es you entered is are not in a valid format.

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It is curious how wealth makes some people pleasant, by doing away with worry and petty frustration; and how it makes other abominable. He was at that time a student at the Nanjing University.

If you have an ebook, please let me know. Remarkable journey, narrated with wit and humour. Being Vikram Seth’s first book, this work marked his arrival on the world literary scene. Sep 11, Naomi rated it liked it Recommends it for: Very few travelog’ers can take you along like Seth does, on his impulsive, stubborn and ambitious journey as he hitch-hikes his way from Heaven lake in China to Tibet, then Nepal and finally home, Delhi.

His personal experiences with hitch-hiking, the people he met, the difficulties with bureaucracy made this a fascinating tale. I especially liked reading about Seth’s stay in Lhasa, where he visited the Norbulingka, the Potala Palace,and witnessed a blood curdling ceremony at the Sera monastery.

I finally found it at the Chicago Public Library. I got the book quite some time back and was lying in a corner of my bookshelf, because I thought i would not find it interesting.

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Seth knows Chinese so well that at one point throuyh time during the trip he had to speak it badly with effort so that people come to his aid. And from there, he proceeds further west on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau till he reaches Lhasa, and from there onto Kathmandu and finally Delhi. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Editor, writer, traveller, reader, literary critic.


From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet, Vikram Seth (1983)

Vikram Seth writes beautifully; he has an observant eye and a feeling heart. Read this as a part of weekend theme in IR challenges, and am happy thst I did. Like travel books by Bruce Chatwin, this is a classic. Our guide suggested we eat lunch at a certain place in town, a decent, cheap hotel with local food. What is the best way to experience another culture? I have read a couple of books about travel in various parts of China: Despite their close proximity, the mutual understanding between Indians and Chinese is slim, and this is something that Seth meditates on, a bit.

May 01, Tariq Mahmood rated it really liked it Shelves: I read the book before leaving for my trip to China. Unlike other travellers, Seth concentrates on the inner journey as much as the outer. Lists with This Book. What an incredible book and an even more incredible journey! 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.

The flow in uninterrupted and he has amazing control over his words.

Vikram Seth is an Indian poet, novelist, travel writer, librettist, children’s writer, biographer and memoirist.