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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. Abandoning all idea of taking a flight out of Xian or Chengdu cities other than Beijing and Shanghai that we are not familiar with. There are no discussion topics on this siniiang yet. Remarkable journey, narrated with wit and humour.

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. Travsls 18, Krishna Sruthi Srivalsan rated it it was amazing. His perspective as a cosmopolitan, middle class and highly-educated Indian student allows for some distance from his subject matter, without laek veering into a sense of outsider-superiority, and the Written in clear, beautiful prose, Seth’s account of travels through Western China in the s is sensitively-rendered, affectionate and often gently humorous.

I especially enjoyed Seth’s wnd of the people he met and the warmth and hospitality he received on his journey.

From Heaven Lake

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 hdaven, Seth has said that he is somewhat perplexed that his readers often in consequence presume to an unwelcome degree of personal familiarity with him. Return to Book Page.


Throough 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. It is a well written travelogue where you will sknkiang be able to put the book down at any moment.

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.

It’s a rare trvels to read a beautiful travelogue and experience the length and breadth of traveling through China. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

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Elen Travel writer at www. In a book of pages he tells a thorough and in depth story, he doesn’t waste any pages, and almost every page contains a sentence or paragraph to be admired. While we can appreciate the peace of a Buddhist monastery anywhere in the Indian subcontinent, the intricacies sinkang the culture and the historical significance of Lhasa cannot be completely deciphered without basic knowledge of its origin, customs and traditions and more importantly, the mutations it has gone through in the years following the Cultural Revolution.

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To ask other readers questions about From Heaven Lakeplease sign up. It is curious how wealth makes some people pleasant, by doing away with worry and petty frustration; and how it makes other abominable. A Novel in Verse was his first novel describing the experiences of a group of friends who live in California. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

May 01, Tariq Mahmood rated it really liked it Shelves: There are young people, returning resentfully to their far-flung outposts after a rare visit home to Shanghai. His journey starts at Turfan, buried in the Uighur region of western China. As a New Zealander when it suits meI liked the following passage: It weaves its own associations.


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

The flow in uninterrupted and he has amazing control over his words. Learn their language and then promptly hitch hike your way across. For example, trsvels compares India and China, the two Asian giants, and how they both have succeeded and failed in their different ways.

Privacy Policy Terms and Conditions. I took only a week to accomplish this. Being an India-scholar if I can get away with calling myself this now, it does seem a bit immodestI am always thrlugh with the inevitable contemporary comparisons of India with China.

What an incredible book and an even more incredible journey!

The lale abroad a truck as it crisscrosses across Sinkiang and Tibet brings about a constant stream of challenges, from police checks, bartering to frequent unwarranted stops when the truck gets stuck in mud. The only thing that is wrong with a good book is that it ends quickly when you want it to be never ending.

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. From Heaven Lake is different from page one. Vikram Seth writes beautifully; he has an observant eye and a feeling heart. Like a good story-teller, he covers the breadth of things by not leaving out the associated histories.