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Coming Home to Tibet
TBT177“China drew a blanket of complete silence over Tibet,” writes Tsering Wangmo Dhompa of the twenty years following the 1959 Tibetan Uprising against Chinese presence in Tibet. Since that time, the country has gradually opened to travelers, who discover the formerly isolated state transformed by the Chinese intrusion. For those who have yet to access the border, Dhompa acts as an intermediary. The daughter of a prominent Tibetan nomadic family, born in exile and raised in Nepal and India and now residing in San Francisco, she effortlessly ushers readers across borders and between worlds. Dhompa’s circumstances also leave her at a loss, searching for home and identity in her mother’s country.
Peaks on the Horizon
“Go to Tibet,” the Dalai Lama famously instructs, “and then tell the world about it.” Charlie Carroll has done just that with his new book Peaks on the Horizon: Two Journeys in Tibet. The two journeys, told in alternating chapters, are Carroll’s account of his lifelong fascination with Tibet that eventually drove him to visit “the roof of the world” and the re-imagined story of Lobsang, a Tibetan national who fled to Nepal at the age of five. The chapters carrying Carroll’s travelogue are nicely balanced between Tibetan history and descriptions of its landscape and people.