The theme of religion in the novel to a mountain in tibet by colin thubron

You are left with the desire only that things be not as they are. Thubron notes their happiness without ever offering insights into it. It shines fifty miles away in an unearthly solitude.

The area around the mountain, and through which Thurbon must travel with his guide, porter, translator, and cook--some of these multiple roles are played by a single person--is beautiful, often stark, and Thubron is amazingly gifted in being able to evoke the landscape.

Thubron asks himself how he came to be the kind of person who is most happy alone, and how it feels, now, to be alone in a different way--completely without a family. The dead do not feel their past. He experiences his own body as a microcosm of the secret body of the universe.

Whose pain am I purging? Nonetheless, the narrative is finely structured, and beautifully written, the language rich, verging on the pretentious but never crossing the line, There are the recurring references to cuckoos, which seem tossed off until they explode with meaning when we learn the cosmology of the Bon.

Mentally he takes on his appearance, his language in oft-repeated mantras and even his mind. In a "ghost town" along the way — houses "derelict, their rooms guttered beyond, their windows blocked" — Thubron asks a group of Tibetan women what has happened.

Are there ever any, in life? The south face of Kailas is fluted with the illusion of a long, vertical stairway, as if for spirits to climb by.

To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron – review

Others are surprised by the hardship of the trip to the mountain and driven back, even quitting halfway through the circle and forced to return against the grain. The traveller is untethered from their quotidian assumptions, buffeted from one encounter to the next. He also describes the traditional and still common practice of "sky burial," in which Tibetans take a dead body, chop it into small pieces and let a pack of vultures devour it.

There is a very real sense in which the material world is paving over the mystical. Kailas shortly after his mother died. It has never been climbed. Thubron is no climber and he was not traveling to the mountain to climb it, but to walk around it in a clockwise direction, and bathe in the waters nearby, which is the goal of all the pilgrims who visit the mountain.

To a Mountain in Tibet

With restrained, spare prose, Thubron is a versatile painter of place, capturing the look and the language of locales. Normally audio books tend to go a bit faster, but this one dragged for some reason.

Instead, it is an elegy for everything that makes us human. The writing itself was great and I have a hunch that I would have enjoyed it much more had I read it instead of listening to it. There was not enough first person narrative for me.


Stunningly beautiful, remote and austere, the mountain stands alone, to the west of the Himalayan chain of more famous peaks. He also gives some history of the region and its religions, and some description of Tibetan Buddhism. So the story is also the work of a mature author meditating on grief and on the impermanence of all we love, including ourselves.

Am I all right? There is no metaphysical peace, only the relief of having finished an arduous task. Taklakot is an image of "lunar placelessness" with "the gutted feel of other Chinese frontier places".

He is far too wise a writer to go in for pat endings. He lodged with locals along the way. Thubron admits he has absorbed the romance. In the Amitabha valley, Thubron sees Mount Kailas hanging above, "close and violent", "the whole western face… slung into massive eaves of black rock, tiered one upon the next like a gigantic pagoda".Novelist and acclaimed travel writer Thubron (Shadow of the Silk Road,etc.) chronicles his trek to Mt.

Kailas, “the most sacred of the world’s mountains.” The book opens with the author traveling across northern Nepal toward Kailas, a 22,foot mountain in Western Tibet.

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To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron is a travel narrative that details the author’s journey to one of the world’s most hallowed mountains – Kailas in Tibet. Being sacred to four religions: Bon, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism; Mt Kailas forms a very distinctive domed or stupa shaped peak that lies near the sources of many of the Indian /5(15).

New York Times bestselling author Colin Thubron returns with a moving, intimate, and exquisitely crafted travel memoir recounting his pilgrimage to the Hindu and Buddhist holy mountain of Kailas—whose peak represents the most sacred place on Earth to roughly a quarter the global population.

To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron – review Thubron has crafted a book which beautifully describes one man's experience of loss, and. May 23,  · Colin Thubron, the acclaimed British travel writer, has ventured through Russia, China and Central Asia.

With restrained, spare prose, Thubron is a versatile painter of place, capturing the look and the language of locales.

Book Review: 'To a Mountain in Tibet' by Colin Thubron

His "To a Mountain in Tibet" reads more like an elegy than a traditional.

The theme of religion in the novel to a mountain in tibet by colin thubron
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