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From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet

From Heaven Lake Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet After two years as a postgraduate student at Nanjing University in China Vikram Seth hitch hiked back to his home in New Delhi via Tibet From Heaven Lake is the story of his remarkable journey and h

  • Title: From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet
  • Author: Vikram Seth
  • ISBN: 9780394752181
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Paperback
  • After two years as a postgraduate student at Nanjing University in China, Vikram Seth hitch hiked back to his home in New Delhi, via Tibet From Heaven Lake is the story of his remarkable journey and his encounters with nomadic Muslims, Chinese officials, Buddhists and others.

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    About "Vikram Seth"

    1. Vikram Seth

      Vikram Seth is an Indian poet, novelist, travel writer, librettist, children s writer, biographer and memoirist During the course of his doctorate studies at Stanford, he did his field work in China and translated Hindi and Chinese poetry into English He returned to Delhi via Xinjiang and Tibet which led to a travel narrative From Heaven Lake Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet 1983 which won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award.The Golden Gate A Novel in Verse 1986 was his first novel describing the experiences of a group of friends who live in California A Suitable Boy 1993 , an epic of Indian life set in the 1950s, got him the WH Smith Literary Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize His poetry includes The Humble Administrator s Garden 1985 and All You Who Sleep Tonight 1990 His Beastly Tales from Here and There 1992 is children s book consisting of ten stories in verse about animals.In 2005, he published Two Lives, a family memoir written at the suggestion of his mother, which focuses on the lives of his great uncle Shanti Behari Seth and German Jewish great aunt Henny Caro who met in Berlin in the early 1930s while Shanti was a student there and with whom Seth stayed extensively on going to England at age 17 for school As with From Heaven Lake, Two Lives contains much autobiography.An unusually forthcoming writer whose published material is replete with un or thinly disguised details as to the personal lives of himself and his intimates related in a highly engaging narrative voice, Seth has said that he is somewhat perplexed that his readers often in consequence presume to an unwelcome degree of personal familiarity with him.

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    1. Vikram Seth s From Heaven Lake travels in Sinkiang and Tibet is an unusual travel book Steering clear of all Lonely Planet Guides and regular travel routes, Seth manages to sketch a picture of China, Tibet, and Nepal from a hungry quite literally student traveller s perspective He was at that time a student at the Nanjing University Taking time and money off from the Standford University, Seth stays in China for 2 years When the time comes for him to return home, he decides on a mega unconventio [...]


    2. Excellent travelogue Unfortunately, I had to abandon this book mid way as the cafe I was reading it in was closed on the last day of my trip in Himachal Pradesh If you have an ebook, please let me know I d really appreciate.


    3. What an incredible book and an even incredible journey Vikram Seth, while studying at Nanjing University in China, decided to take a rather unorthodox route on his return to India during his break His journey starts at Turfan, buried in the Uighur region of western China And from there, he proceeds further west on the Qinghai Tibet plateau till he reaches Lhasa, and from there onto Kathmandu and finally Delhi Remarkable journey, narrated with wit and humour There are some pages where the writin [...]


    4. This is a short but very enjoyable travel book chronicling the authors route home from Nanjing in China to Delhi in India Being a poor student, Seth decides to save some money and also visit some fascinating areas of China on the way home over the summer vacation Seth travels through the provinces of Gansu, then Qinghai, and on to Tibet before crossing the land border to Nepal The travel aspects are great speaking good Chinese, Seth as a foreigner is able to converse well with most of the locals [...]


    5. This fairly short account started me thinking about what makes a good travel book The author was studying in China and finagled permission to travel home to India via Tibet He comes across as curious, observant, and resourceful, and his account is well written, but somehow the book and trip were disappointing The author s time in Tibet was relatively brief and involved only limited interaction with anyone besides the Tibetan truck driver who took him most of the way I kept thinking it would make [...]


    6. 3,5E il racconto del viaggio in autostop che Vikram Seth intraprende per andare dalla Cina in India attraversando il Tibet e il Nepal.Non avendo abbastanza soldi per un biglietto aereo e dopo aver ricevuto il visto per andare in Tibet rarissimo da ottenere negli anni 80 decide di fare un viaggio pi avventuroso.Dalla Cina orientale alla Cina occidentale viaggia in treno ma poi inizia a cercare passaggi in camion che trasportano merci in Tibet Deve affrontare la burocrazia cinese, torrenti che str [...]


    7. What is the best way to experience another culture Learn their language and then promptly hitch hike your way across This is precisely what Vikram Seth has chances upon It is a gem of a travelogue, and what has won my admiration is that he is a Hindu pilgrim Vikram captures the emotions of his friendship with the Chinese people, especially the tension between the majority Han and minority Uighars, mogols and the Tibetans The travel abroad a truck as it crisscrosses across Sinkiang and Tibet brin [...]


    8. A real gem of a travel book that I somehow overlooked until now.My own trip to Tibet in 1998 was nowhere near as ambitious or arduous as this Makes me a little jealous that I never learned Mandarin well enough to ride as a passenger in these Chinese trucks that Seth takes throughout the journey.Lyrical and fast moving I loved this one.


    9. The best book on travelling in china I love it particularly because its an Indian view on china which is so different to any other take on travelling there Beautifully written too as you d expect from Vikram Seth.


    10. Books have this capacity to surprise me I had fairly low expectations of this book, and it was surprisingly good Surprisingly because it had been languishing on my bookshelf for a long time and I only picked it up because it was a thin volume and I was going on a train didn t want to carry much Surprisingly also because I know what most travel books are like they tell you where the author has been and what he she has seen And I ve been to Xinjiang variant of Sinkiang and this spelling also appea [...]


    11. One of the best books I have read in 2014 Vikram Seth is such an amazing writer yet one of the most under read writers of today This book is a beautiful account of his hitchhiking experience through China on his way back home to India One of my favorite persons from the book is a Chinese truck driver named Sui, he was a delight throughout and so was his other companion in the truck, Ginseng, who for the most part is forgotten because he rarely utters a word except for his occasional singing.It s [...]


    12. From Heaven Lake was an impulsive pick.From Heaven Lake is different from page one 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 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 leav [...]


    13. As a graduate student in Nanjing University, Seth used his vacation to hitchhike home to Delhi via Tibet The result is a wonderful book, full of witty observations, good, clear prose and profound meditations on India and China It s a fresh and interesting perspective to this American reader there is very little comment on the lack of cleanliness or crowded conditions, as travelers in the West often harp about Also, Seth is happy to give the Chinese political system the benefit of the doubt where [...]


    14. Flute music always does this to me it is at once the most universal and most particular of sounds 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 Each has its specific fingering and compass It weaves its own associations Yet to hear any flute is, its seems to be, to be drawn into the commonalty of all mankind, to be mo [...]


    15. Novela que describe un viaje desde China hasta India haciendo autostop Describe con un asombroso nivel de profundidad y detalle todas las vivencias de su viaje, ofreci ndonos una vista nica hacia el interior de culturas milenarias como la china y la tibetana Vikram Seth nos invita a viajar con l y descubrir las maravillas naturales que se encuentran en cada esquina de China y el T bet y la vida de los pobladores despu s de los revoltosos tiempos de la Revoluci n Cultural.Sin dudas, una lectura q [...]


    16. One of my favourite authors writes about one of the most interesting regions I ve ever been to Tibet Based on a travel journal, this is a very personal account of Seth s hitchhiking journey from China, where he was an exchange student, through Tibet to reach Nepal to eventually fly home to his parents in Delhi In the 80s, it was still difficult to get a visa for Tibet, and there wwre virtually no strangers there Seth describes not only the beautiful landscape he his travelling through, but also [...]


    17. I have read this book last december 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 However last december I forcefully started reading and after going through initial pages i got deeply absorbed The narrative of desert lake and surrounding barren land is nicely put and vividly visualized Also one would certainly like the long train journey across China In a short span the author has narrated the land, the floods, th [...]


    18. I read the book before leaving for my trip to China Like travel books by Bruce Chatwin, this is a classic My travel was tame in comparison to Mr Seth s However, I could imagine about the travel he described through his incomparable language and wit as I was making my progress through southern China A must read


    19. Made me want to go on a long and aimless roadtrip, get in trouble with the police, and make strange friends Either that, or I wanted to go make friends with Vikram Seth and bring him a big pot of vegetarian spaghetti or something He s great on an aesthetic level, too.



    20. I had a bit of difficulty finding this book I finally found it at the Chicago Public Library None of the suburban libraries had it SWAN I have read a couple of books about travel in various parts of China by Chinese and by foreigners His personal experiences with hitch hiking, the people he met, the difficulties with bureaucracy made this a fascinating tale It was not all about the sights to see, but about the getting there too Most satisfying Too bad it s out of print and hard to find.


    21. Il viaggio di Seth studente in Cina fino a Llhasa nel Tibet in autostop Il viaggio di un alieno, un viaggio proibito, in una Cina di venti anni fa Seth e gia allora un ottimo scrittore e rende il racconto del viaggio in modo affascinante Tra i libri di viaggio, tra i migliori da me letti.Da qualche anno esiste la traduzione in italiano Autostop per l Himalaya, chissa perche non mantenere il titolo originale


    22. A quixotic, often self flagellating, trek criss crossing China in the early 80 s returning to India overland through Tibet and Nepal made astonishing by the exquisite language and wry but deep observations.


    23. Lo compre en una tienda de segunda mano en Girona Una agradable lectura Simple y humilde no da ni m s ni menos de lo que promete Un interesante acercamiento a la sociedad china y su pol tica respecto a extranjeros, m s un diario de viaje que de aventuras.


    24. A fantastic account of Seth s unique journey back home to Delhi from Northwestern China He doesn t give in to romanticizing or exaggeration, which makes this a wonderful read.


    25. A fascinating personal account of a journey Vikram Seth made from China to Tibet when he was a student Brings back my old hitchhiking days from the 70s.



    26. From Heaven Lake by Vikram SethOstensibly From Heaven Lake is a travel book The description is both apt and limiting It is worth musing on the idea that travel may be merely a way of collecting a pool of nostalgia for future regurgitation But this particular description of the author s journey through China initially west east and then north south in the early 1980s does not seem to have added very much potential fuel to future s recollected fires.At the time it was hardly common for an individu [...]


    27. I think this is my new fav travelogue, which actually made me want to travel to China Rare occasion Seth s descriptions are so gentle and sometimes a little cutting yet somehow wonderstruck, and the slice of place and time he captures is so unique Western China and Tibet in 1981 , that reading each and every page of his is a joy.I ve read some bits of Vikram Seth but this is the book that s made me want to tackle the massive behemoth that is A Suitable Boy Some choice quotations include view spo [...]


    28. Traveling to China and especially to Tibet is so easily achievable now The time that he visited the country it was a nation in transition In a rush to forget Mao s Cultural Revolution and not yet in the full embrace of Deng Xiaoping s Economic restructure Foreigners were rare and needing special permissions to move within the country He captures that China as he completes a mad cap and ill advised adventure to hitch hike from China to India via Tibet and Nepal A travel book written by a person o [...]


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