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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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?

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.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A rich, fascinating book. Between state surveillance and natural 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.

What is the best way to experience another culture? Though she quibbled over every last rupee that was spent on her behalf on the tour, she proceeded to buy all sorts of tacky tourist junk along the way, including, memorably to me, some plastic flowers on a string to put in her hair.

That country was on the verge of relaxing its rules towards foreign visitors, but in Seth still needed police permission to travel anywhere in China, even major cities, let alone sensitive areas like Tibet. Salud to the delicious calm of reading Vikram Seth! Advanced Search Find a Library.

Travel writer at www. It has exquisite descriptions of the Turfan underground water system, the deserts of Nunhan, Heaven lake and it’s surreal surroundings, the yaks near the Tangula Range they were so prettythe black and silver landscapes of Tibet turning into green and blue.

Keeping that in mind, Seth paints a beautiful picture of the inner communist China, helped by his exceptional language hraven. The book is studded with bits of poetry, very characteristic of Seth, and this makes the book even more special.


In the 80s, it was still difficult to get a visa for Tibet, and there wwre virtually no strangers there. Finding libraries that hold this item Man does not, of course, live by bread alone, but with so little of it he can hardly be said to live at all.

Sometimes they are the behaviours of others. His account was fairly dry in places but it was interspersed with delightful humour and interesting insights. You may send this item to sinkkiang to five recipients. The wind prises through the cracks in the sides of the windows, and penetrates us to the bone. Lists with This Book. These occurrences produce the best phrases out of the author like Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private.

I finally found it at the Chicago Public Library. Privacy Policy Terms and Conditions. Seth was not just being adventurous but also courageous by putting himself at the mercy of a system which is known to snatch away people’s right whenever it wants to.

Beautifully written too as you’d expect from Vikram Seth. Books have this capacity to surprise me. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Surprisingly also because I know what most travel books are like: Heavwn 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. May 31, Purvi Petal rated lae it was amazing.

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Dopo un inizio di circa 50 inutili pagine in cui non si capisce l’autore dove vuole andare a parare, il viaggio finalmente parte. I found fdom an utterly pleasurable read on a long train journey and would recommend it to anyone wishing to a write their own traveller’s tale or b experience hfaven enjoyment of a journey with ‘a different view. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries snd hold this item A real gem of a travel book that I somehow overlooked until now.


My favorite is the verse he wrote when they were stuck on the lonely Qinghai-Tibet plateau: Seth compares and contrasts the successes and failures of India and China in the second half of the twentieth century: Linked Data More info about Linked Data. He writes about an ugly encounter with a wealthy tourist in Lhasa, and has this to say about it- It is curious how wealth makes some people pleasant, by doing away with worry and petty frustration; and how it makes others abominable.

This is a marvellous little travel narrative that beautifully captures Seth’s travels through parts of China that one rarely sees glimpses of trqvels Turfan, Urumqi, Liuyuan, Dunhuang, Nanhu, Nilamu, Zhangmu, Lamasangu, and eventually Kathmandu on his way home to Delhi.

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Mar 02, Aishwarya Tiwari rated it it was amazing. The only thing that is wrong with a good book is that it ends quickly when you want it to be never ending. He was at that time a student at the Nanjing University. Email required Address never made public.

The travel 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. Please enter recipient e-mail address es. And I’ve been to Xinjiang variant of Sinkianng and this spelling als Books have tbrough capacity to surprise me.

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. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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Seth, Vikram, — View all subjects. I took only a week to accomplish this. Citations are based on reference standards. Do I recommend it – Of course! It is an active account that makes the reader a companion on the journey.