In una calda estate del 1981 nell’estrema provincia del Nord-ovest della Cina, Vikram Seth si lascia sedurre da un’idea folle, quasi inattuabile per uno straniero: attraversare il Paese in autostop fino ad arrivare a Delhi, in India, passando per il Tibet e il Nepal. In quegli anni lo scrittore è ancora uno studente della Stanford University che, innamorato della cultura cinese, frequenta un corso biennale all’Università di Nanchino. Proprio durante una gita organizzata dall’ateneo decide di intraprendere questo viaggio avventuroso e proibito che, percorrendo vie lontane dai soliti itinerari per turisti, gli permetterà di addentrarsi nella vera Cina. Un viaggio in cui, tra imprevisti, strade dissestate, ostacoli burocratici, si imbatterà in persone straordinarie e paesaggi incantati
- ISBN: 8823527090
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 254
- Data di uscita: 05-11-2020
Vikram Seth's “From Heaven Lake: travels in Sinkiang and Tibet” is an unusual travel book. Steering clear of all Lonely Planet Guides and regular travel routes, Seth manages to sketch a picture of China, Tibet, and Nepal from a hungry (quite literally) student traveller’s perspective. He was at that Leggi tutto
Vikram Seth took nearly 2 months from China to India hitchhiking all the way across and finally giving go to temptation only in Kathmandu when he took a flight to Delhi. He passed through rural China, Tibet and Nepal ..enjoying most of the time and even the frequent inconveniences caused by natural
What an incredible book and an even more incredible journey! Vikram Seth, while studying at Nanjing University in China, decided to take a rather unorthodox route on his return to India during his break. His journey starts at Turfan, buried in the Uighur region of western China. And from there, he p Leggi tutto
3.5 Vikram Seth wanders around Xinjiang and Tibet in this engaging travelogue. His portrait of China in the early 80s is well-rounded and covers economic, social, cultural and political ground realities. I enjoyed his comparisons between India and China, and it is startling to learn how rarely inter Leggi tutto
Excellent travelogue. Unfortunately, I had to abandon this book mid-way as the cafe I was reading it in was closed on the last day of my trip in Himachal Pradesh. If you have an ebook, please let me know. I'd really appreciate.
★★★½☆ This one never felt like reading a Vikram Seth book. The poetic prose was very little. Still quite an enjoyable read for a super adventurous travelogue. Learnt a few things about the Chinese culture, and their strict documentation requirement. Not sure if the strict guidelines are still in pract Leggi tutto
After having lost all faith in humanity by reading A Fine Balance, I asked my boyfriend to recommend a book that would restore that faith. Feigning concern and goodwill, he recommended From Heaven Lake; however, I knew that his ulterior motive was to get me to renounce the “obnoxious” levels of plan Leggi tutto
I received this book as gift. I am not usually a person who reads travel books. This was my first time doing so. This was also my first Vikram Seth book. Frankly, even though I have heard much praise for Vikram Seth's poetry and prose, this being a travel book I didn't have very high expectations fr Leggi tutto
I picked this book for two reasons – it’s a travelogue (very enticing in the middle of a lockdown) and for its author, Vikram Seth. In 1982, Seth was in China performing field research for his doctoral thesis in economics from Stanford. During the Summer Break, he decides to travel back to India by Leggi tutto
I have great fascination for travel books, and for the breathtaking barrenness of Central Asia. Wasn't a wonder that i couldn't put this book down. My only crib about the book is that it could have dwelled a bit more on the history and culture of Tibet. But as a young, and somewhat accidental travel Leggi tutto
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