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Most readers of this fascinating book will finish reading it feeling that they truly know the Tibetan City.
[Barnett] emerges in these pages as a perceptive and sympathetic observer of a city that has often been described, but rarely understood.
An imaginative and atmospheric book... which will appeal to all those interested in Tibet.
An eloquent account of the changes in the city's geography
[This] rumination on the capital of Tibet is the rare book that can draw tears just with its assemblage of neutral, entirely unpolemical facts.
"Barnett's ruminations on Lhasa in this slim text are eloquently written, captivating reading, and highly recommended.
[A] remarkable book.
A fascinating account of Lhasa.
Barnett's book is a wonderful read... This is a book that will transfix readers.
[A] brilliant rumination on Tibet's capital.
— Lucian Pye
— Isabel Hilton
— Wendy Palace
— Pankaj Mishra
— Pico Iyer
— Tom Grunfeld
— Elidor Mehilli
— Ben Hillman
|1||The unitary view||1|
|2||Foreign visitors, oscillations, and extremes||27|
|3||The square view and the outstretched demoness||41|
|4||The city, the circle||61|
|5||Monumental statements and street plans||71|
|6||From concrete to blue grass||85|
|7||The new flamboyance and the Tibetan palm tree||97|
|8||Mestizo : two narratives converge||113|
|9||The multilayered streets||123|