by Sun Shuyun - £8.99 HarperCollins Publishers (2009)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780007265121 | ISBN 10: 0007265123
Sun Shuyun grew up in China and has always been fascinated by Tibet and by Buddhism. Accompanied by a television crew, she spent a year in a remote town in the Tibetan mountain area and recorded what life is like for the people there.
Despite half a century of Communist rule, the residents of the town of Gyantse have been returning to religion and much of the traditional way of life. But as Sun Shuyun follows the daily lives of a shaman and his family, of monks, a village doctor, a Party worker, a hotel manager and a rickshaw driver, it becomes clear that the community is facing the pressure of change.
Capturing the tensions between Chinese and Tibetans, between an ancient and an alien culture, and between continuity and modernization, this is a rare and vivid insight into Tibet's isolated communities.
"Sensitive and nuanced...what does come through ringing clear is the Tibetan people's remarkable serenity even in the midst of terrible hardships."
"A fascianting account of the year that the author spent in a village in a remote corner of Tibet. A personal and sometimes painful journey."
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