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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We take every warm item of clothing trqvels of our bags and swaddle ourselves into grom. After so long I got to read a book that deserves 5 stars. While Seth does not appear to be a fan of We live in a generation with no dearth of travelogues and guides through places and cultures.

Dec 17, Sukhada rated it it was amazing Shelves: Please verify that you are not a robot. 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.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: As a New Zealander when it suits meI liked the following passage: And I’ve been to Xinjiang variant of Sinkiang and this spelling also appears in the bookso what was Vikram Seth going to tell me that I didn’t know? While on a university excursion, he is encouraged by his fellow students to try his luck at getting a Lhasa permission stamp added to his travel pass.

From Heaven Lake

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.

Despite none of his friends having any luck, Seth is given the much sought after stamp, something he down to his earlier rendition of a Hindi film song popular in China. Seth knows Chinese so well that at one point in time during the trip he had to speak it badly with effort so that people come to his aid. This site uses cookies. It made me ponder about boundaries and maps and borders and how nature disregards all of them.


From Heaven Lake : travels through Sinkiang and Tibet

Be sure to look up images of every place mentioned in the book while reading because that helps complete the experience. I was reminded of such oake abominable Belgian woman I was on a bus tour to Kanyakumari with. A Novel in Verse was his first novel describing the experiences of a group of friends who live in California.

Deve affrontare la burocrazia cinese, torrenti che straripano per le forti piogge e che rendono le sinkiwng impraticabili e che spazzano via anche quei pochi ponti che ci sono per attraversare i fiumi. Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu China — Description and travel.

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During the course of his doctorate studies at Stanford, he did his field work in China and translated Hindi and Chinese poetry into English. I had fairly low expectations of this book, and it was surprisingly good. Seth, Vikram, — View all subjects.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. When the minibus is about to leave, he asks me if I would like a lift into town, or perhaps to go with them to the carpet factory, their next stop. Too bad it’s out of print and hard to find. The author was studying in China and finagled permission to travel home to India via Tibet.

The rewards of not being afraid to spend the night in a local home, of trying your luck with police and visa officials, and of taking completely untouristed routes seem to be so high. His descriptions of that region are revealing and hopeful: His journey starts at Turfan, buried in the Uighur region of western China.

The E-mail message field is required. Email required Address never made public. Published October 12th by Vintage first published Flute music always does this to me: This is a short but very enjoyable travel book chronicling the authors route home from Nanjing in China to Delhi in India.

Leave a Reply Heqven reply Enter your comment here History and knowing how things used to be is important for understanding what happens today. Nov 29, Susan rated it it was ok Shelves: He does spend an inor This is the first in the long list of travel accounts that I want to read heavwn heading off on my trip. It is amazing how he got the courage to hitch hike his way from China to Delhi via Tibet in the travesl of when he was a student studying at Nanjing University, China. Despite being in a country suspicious of foreigners, Seth managed to hold some political conversations with his fellow travelers that give a peek into the mindset of the local populace.


We share a blanket and Sui, before he goes off to sleep, makes sure I get a generous part of this. We know that Seth is a great writer as his brilliance is as much as visible in his first book, as it is in his other great works like ‘a suitable boy’ and ‘the golden gate’.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. What is the best way to experience another culture? Sep 11, Naomi rated it liked it Recommends it for: Some features of WorldCat will not be available. Mar 19, Tina Tamman rated it it was amazing Shelves: At the core of the story is his hitchhiking journey to Tibet where readers are privy to Seth’s tenuous travels at a time – the early s – when control of foreign travellers was extremely tight.

The only thing that is wrong with a good book is that it ends quickly when you want it to be never ending. View most popular tags as: To be posted to any of these places, is, for most Han people, to be condemned to an uncomfortable and barbarous limbo.

I loved reading about his travel companions- Sui, always puffing his cigarettes and reading during his breaks, Gyanseng who would burst into a very out-of-tune song every now and then, the sulky Xiao San, and his friend Norbu whom he met at Lhasa.

From Heaven Lake is the story of his remarkable journey and his encounters with nomadic Muslims, Chinese officials, Buddhists and others.