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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Please verify that you are not a robot. Please enter your name. Jul 09, Kshitiz Goliya rated it really liked it.

I love it particularly because its an Indian view on china which is so different to any other take on travelling there. It was not all about the sights to see, but about the getting there too.

As a New Zealander when it suits meI liked the following passage:. Choosing to observe including a clear eye on his own foibles more than to opinionate, it is for me exactly what a travel book should be. On the other hand if you are on the upper end of the poverty scale, than India offers a better prospect for future.

I was reminded of such an abominable Belgian woman I was on a bus tour to Kanyakumari with. Being Vikram Seth’s first book, this work marked his arrival on the world literary scene. Citations are based on reference standards.

From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet

I especially enjoyed Seth’s description of the througn he met and the warmth and hospitality he received on his journey. His descriptions of that region are revealing and hopeful: Thomas Cook Travel Book Award What really makes this book though is the beautifully descriptive writing. And whats the best part about the book?

In Lhasa, looking at the tourist sites, Seth tags onto an American tour group so as to be let into one site. Vikram Seth is an Indian poet, novelist, travel writer, librettist, children’s writer, biographer and memoirist. Nov 09, Ben Ballin rated it it was amazing. Written in clear, beautiful prose, Seth’s account anx travels through Western China in the s is sensitively-rendered, affectionate and often gently humorous.


I also notice that I am hungry, which is curious, because during the day I was not; and itchy, which is to be expected after so much unwashed travel; and sleepy, though I cannot sleep for cold and headache and discomfort; and alas, bored out of my mind.

None of the suburban libraries had it SWAN. A Novel in Verse was his first novel describing the experiences of a group of friends who live in California. But the insights he shares from these casual chats are like an extraordinary time capsule giving a sense of how China and Tibet have evolved over the 20th century. I read the book before leaving for my trip to China.

His Beastly Tales from Here and There is children’s tjrough consisting of ten stories in verse about animals. In the 80s, it was still difficult to get a visa for Tibet, and there wwre virtually no strangers there.

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It made me ponder about boundaries and maps and borders and how nature disregards all of them. Jun 26, Mark rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

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. Heaevn we three, cooped, alone, Tibetan, Indian, Han, Against a common dawn Catch what poor sleep we can, And sleeping drag the same Sparse air into our lungs, And dreaming each of home Sleeptalk in different tongues. I had fron low expectations of this book, and it was surprisingly good.


Beautifully written too as you’d expect from Vikram Seth. As a graduate student in Nanjing University, Seth used his vacation to hitchhike home to Delhi via Tibet. When a truck gets stuck, they cheer. If you think this dates it, think again. The Chinese people and the Japanese people are very friendly towards each other’ from Everday Language for Hotel Personnel – English Sentences p One of the best books I have read in This book really is different – as it is so short – and nothing is wasted.

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Post was not sent – check your email addresses! 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. Unlike other travellers, Seth concentrates on the inner journey as much as the outer.

Taking time and money off from the Standford University, Seth stays in China for 2 years. Open Preview See a Problem? What an incredible book and an even more incredible journey!

You may have already requested this item. Just walk across the bridge over the Bhotakoshi and that’s it. Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you. His perspective as a cosmopolitan, middle class and lakr Indian student allows for some distance from his subject matter, without ever veering into a sense of outsider-superiority, and the Written in clear, beautiful prose, Seth’s account trravels travels through Western China in the s is sensitively-rendered, affectionate and often gently humorous.