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In the shadow of Everest, the couple becomes an invaluable witness to a Tibetan culture pushed to the brink of extinction by brutal Chinese occupation for over fifty years. They also discover the human link connecting us all, a link that becomes clearest on a trek that removes the distractions of modern life as it unveils the truths of "deliberate travel. Together, they discover a sense of greater purpose, wonder, a renewed faith…and what it takes to survive. Come along on their physical, spiritual and emotional pilgrimage through the highs and lows in this colorful, candid and classic tale.
What does it take to survive? More than you could fathom. Join a tenacious man, woman and their Tibetan horse as they set off to become the first Western couple to trek an ancient kilometer trail across the wilds of Tibet.
Reviews | Yak Butter Blues | by Brandon Wilson, Author
Their incredible odyssey provides a riveting tale o What does it take to survive? Their incredible odyssey provides a riveting tale of human endurance and an intimate first-hand look at the valiant struggle of the Tibetan culture to survive - as well as at the humanity connecting us all. Recommended for adventure travel and Tibetan culture collections. It is also a highly spiritual story of faith which reminds us that nothing is really impossible Worth a read by any adventure or travel-trekking novel enthusiast. Yak Butter Blues flickers insistently like a flashbulb afterimage in the mind long after the book is tucked away.
It places the reader in the thick of the action every bit as well as Marco Polo transported Italians to China and, as it seems to me, better than Lowell Thomas led readers in the dust of Lawrence of Arabia. This book is a treasure to the Tibetan people and to the rest of the world. It gives us a true glimpse of Tibet and captures a beautiful land and culture that may not be around in years to come. Published November 3rd by Pilgrim's Tales, Inc.
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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Yak Butter Blues , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Apr 04, Harpmary rated it really liked it Shelves: A Tibetan Trek of Faith An engaging and intriguing book that had me captivated.
I finished it in less than 24 hours. The book is more of a travelogue and less a description of a spiritual journey. The author and his wife, who are both professional trekkers is there such a thing as professional trekkers? They experience the adven Yak Butter Blues: They experience the adventure of a lifetime - generous, but impoverished Tibetans, gun-toting Chinese soldiers, gentle monks, freezing snow and ice at passes above 16, feet, illness, fatigue, semi-starvation, and dehydration - all for the sole purpose of experiencing the "trek" in the mysterious country of Tibet.
At times I was dismayed by the author's consistently western attitude toward things. Perhaps I err on the side of being too serious sometimes, but I found the author's habit somewhat bothersome of giving sometimes pejorative nicknames to those he meets along the road. And his descriptions are sometimes tinged with condescension.
For example, rather that simply stating that a Tibetan's hair was greased with yak butter, he describes a young man's hair being slicked back with 'yak butter pomade". The imagery presented with this statement conveys so much more - and perhaps someone reading this book from purely a literary perspective would appreciate it. But, I was bothered by it. This example to me was a way of making fun of a young Tibetan, whose customs and culture are so different from our own. It seems to say: But, with all that being said, the book's story is an engaging one and does have a number of redeeming qualities.
The author recognizes the generosity of the Tibetan people and the terrible things that the Chinese government has put them through. He develops an almost spiritual relationship with the horse "Sadhu" they purchase and use to carry their packs as they trek over the treacherous Tibetan landscape.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading adventure travel stories. But, I wouldn't recommend this book to someone who is hoping to find golden nuggets of spirituality interspersed within the story. Worth a read by any adventure or travel-trekking novel enthusiast. Yak Butter Blues flickers insistently like a flashbulb afterimage in the mind long after the book is tucked away.
It places the reader in the thick of the action every bit as well as Marco Polo transported Italians to China and, as it seems to me, better than Lowell Thomas led readers in the dust of Lawrence of Arabia. This book is a treasure to the Tibetan people and to the rest of the world. It gives us a true glimpse of Tibet and captures a beautiful land and culture that may not be around in years to come.
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Read it now click to open popover Editorial Reviews Review "Wilson observes the impact of the Chinese occupation on the daily lives of Tibetans Author Brandon Wilson and his wife Cheryl challenge the "impossible" and set off on an incredible kilometer mile odyssey on foot across Tibet. Join their adventure from Lhasa to Kathmandu, as they become the first Western couple to make this perilous trek across the unforgiving, windswept Himalayan plains.
What begins as an adventure, quickly turns into much more. Discovering that Tibetans are forbidden to trek this same pilgrim's trail, the Wilsons decide to walk it in their place-and prove to the authorities that it can be done without repercussions in China. Alone, with only their stalwart Tibetan horse Sadhu, the Wilsons face Tibet's ruthless environment head-on: Those conditions are made all the more challenging by exhaustion, hunger, illness, inflexible bureaucrats and trigger-happy soldiers.
The land and climate leave their imprints daily. However, an even more lasting impression is created by the Tibetan monks and generous villagers eager to share what little they possess: Along the path, the couple gains a sense of greater purpose, wonder, renewed faith-and ultimately discover what it takes to endure.
Join their riveting physical, spiritual and emotional pilgrimage, through the highs and lows, across a vanishing land in this classic Tibetan tale. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Learn more about Amazon Prime. What does it take to survive?
More than you could fathom. Join a tenacious man, woman and their Tibetan horse as they set off to become the first Western couple to trek an ancient kilometer trail across the wilds of Tibet. Their incredible odyssey provides a riveting tale of human endurance and an intimate first-hand look at the valiant struggle of the Tibetan culture to survive - as well as at the humanity connecting us all.
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