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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Seth is really very talented. Deve affrontare la burocrazia cinese, torrenti che straripano per le forti piogge e che rendono le strade impraticabili e che spazzano via anche quei pochi ponti che ci sono per attraversare i fiumi.

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. 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.

Seth compares and contrasts the successes and failures of India and China in the second half of the twentieth century:. Mar 02, Aishwarya Tiwari rated it it was amazing. My travel was tame in comparison to Mr. Want to Read saving….

I kept thinking it woul This fairly short account started me thinking about what makes a good travel book. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Email required Address never made public. Refresh and try again. The wind prises through the cracks in the sides of the windows, and penetrates us to the bone.


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. Remarkable journey, narrated with wit and humour. Our guide suggested we eat lunch at a certain place in town, a decent, cheap hotel with local food. Your Web browser is not enabled for JavaScript.

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Published October 12th by Vintage first published I have read this book last december. Open Preview See a Problem?

Remember me on this computer. You are commenting using your Twitter account. I would have loved it more if he had slowed down with the details.

Travel libraries that hold this item It strikes me how descriptive of its meandering course is its Chinese name, the Silver River. Deve affrontare la burocrazia cinese, torrenti c 3,5 E’ il racconto del viaggio in autostop che Vikram Seth intraprende per andare dalla Cina in India attraversando il Tibet e il Nepal.

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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. His journey starts at Turfan, buried in the Uighur region of western China. This is a marvellous little travel narrative that beautifully captures Seth’s travels through parts of China that one rarely sees glimpses of – Turfan, Urumqi, Liuyuan, Dunhuang, Nanhu, Nilamu, Zhangmu, Lamasangu, and eventually Kathmandu on his way home to Delhi.


Despite their close proximity, the mutual understanding between Indians and Chinese is slim, and this is something that Seth meditates on, a bit. He was at that time a student at the Nanjing University. I took only a week to accomplish this. While he expresses his opinion on various things Chinese, both political and cultural, at no point of time does it turn preachy or philosophical!

As a friend of mine says, he is a classical writer, no gimmicks. Vikram Seth writes beautifully; he has an observant eye and a feeling heart. Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: You are commenting using your WordPress. Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you.

From Heaven Lake : travels through Sinkiang and Tibet

I really liked the fact that the book had a very objective view; not once did I detect an ounce of being judgemental or prejudiced. Lists with This Book. And he is Indian, a foreigner in China.

Please create a new list with a new name; move some items to a new or existing list; or delete some items. There is however a persistent lack of books as charming as this one. Fluent in several languages, he is able to do a rare thing though not so rare amongst Indians, it seems: 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.

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