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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Han, Uighur, Kazakh, Mongolian. 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 voice, Seth has said that he is somewhat perplexed that his readers often in consequence presume to an unwelcome degree of personal familiarity with him.

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Be sure to look up images of every place mentioned in the book while reading because that helps complete ttravels experience. Being a ‘poor’ student, Seth decides to save some money and also visit some fascinating areas of China on the way home over the summer vacation.

This is the first in the long list of travel accounts that I want to read before heading off on my trip. This comes after he has been reflecting on the remarkable kindness of ordinary Chinese people, most of whom will go out of their way to help a foreigner, with no expectation of anything in return: Thomas Cook Travel Book Award andd Skip to content Home About.

Also, I have shared your site in my social networks. Your Web browser is not enabled for JavaScript. Also, Seth is happy to give the Chinese political system the benefit of the doubt: The narrative of desert lake and surrounding barren land is nicely put and vividly visualized.

From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet by Vikram Seth

I read the book before leaving for my trip to China. As a friend of mine says, he is a classical writer, no gimmicks. Yet to hear any flute is, its seems to be, to be drawn into the commonalty of all mankind, Flute music always does this to me: He manages to portray the mysterious beauty of the eastern provinces of Ftom that is a result of a web of changing topography and weather patterns.


Dec 14, Ensiform rated it really liked it Shelves: I especially enjoyed Seth’s description of the people he met and the anf and hospitality he received on his journey. Vikram Seth Find more information about: From all my heart.

From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet

Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that thhrough library is a favorite of yours. I found it 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 the enjoyment of a journey with ‘a different view.

I One of the best books I have read in However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study. When the time comes for him to return home, he decides on a mega unconventional route.

Though I did not get much to know about Tibet as Vikram traveled straight to Lhasa in Tibet from China and then to Nepal to reach Delhi, still I loved this book to the core.

My favorite is the verse he wrote when they were stuck on the lonely Qinghai-Tibet plateau: China — Tibet Autonomous Region. There is no culture that does not have its flute — the reed neh, the recorder, the Japanese shakuhachi, the deep bansuri of Hindustani classical music, the clear or breathy flutes of South America, the high-pitched Chinese flutes.

From Heaven Lake is different from page one. Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu China — Description and travel. Citations are based on reference standards. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Beautifully written too as you’d expect from Vikram Seth. Despite being in a country suspicious of foreigners, Seth managed to hold some political conversations with his fellow travelers that give a peek into the mindset of the local populace.

Seth writes like a song. I had a bit of difficulty finding this book. The crowd enjoys this. Seth, Vikram, — View all subjects.

From Heaven Lake

I loved reading about his travel companions- Sui, always puffing his cigarettes and reading during his breaks, Gyanseng who would burst ftom a very out-of-tune song every now ttibet then, the sulky Xiao San, and his friend Norbu whom he met at Lhasa. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item This is a marvellous little travel narrative that beautifully captures Seth’s travels through parts of China that one laek sees glimpses of – Turfan, Urumqi, Sinkiahg, Dunhuang, Nanhu, Nilamu, Zhangmu, Lamasangu, and eventually Kathmandu on his way home to Delhi.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Here we three, cooped, alone, Tibetan, Indian, Han, Against sinkiabg 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. Dalla Cina orientale alla Cina occidentale viaggia in treno ma poi inizia a cercare passaggi in camion che trasportano merci in Tibet.

View most popular tags as: It’s a rare experience to read a beautiful travelogue and experience the length and breadth of traveling through China. Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet which won Vikram Seth is an Indian poet, novelist, travel writer, librettist, children’s writer, biographer and memoirist. The fast paced narrative I say this because there are often twists in the plot which could have made for a good piece of fiction is rich with metaphors, taking you on a cultural tour through rural China, ofte From Heaven Lake was an impulsive pick.

It is my first book by Vikram Seth and it is one of the most recommended travel books. Htrough I recommend it – Of course! Cancel Forgot your password? Tibet Autonomous Region China — Description and travel. We share a blanket and Sui, before he goes off to sleep, makes sure I get a generous part of this.

Remarkable journey, narrated with wit and humour.