The Blue Sky

The Blue Sky

by Galsan Tschinag

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In the Altai Mountains of northern Mongolia, the nomadic Tuvan people’s ancient way of life is colliding with the relentless influence of the modern world. For a young shepherd boy, the confrontation comes in stages. First, his older siblings leave to attend a distant boarding school. Then, his beloved grandmother dies, taking with her a profound link to the tribe’s traditions and their connection to the land. But the cruelest blow is struck when his dog — “all that was left to me” — dies after eating poison the boy’s father set out to protect the herd from wolves. In despair, he begs the Heavenly Blue Sky for answers, but is met with only the mute wind. Tschinag, the first and only member of the Tuvan to use a written language to tell stories, weaves a lyrical account of his people and their traditions.

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ISBN-13: 9781571310644
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication date: 12/01/2007
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 542,773
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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Blue Sky 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
shawnd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The author describes the book as "...the first part of my autobiographical trilogy. It describes my early childhood...". The autobiography is narrated by a pre-pubescent boy and his childhood in Mongolia as a nomad. The boy suffers a disability early in life, and family politics conspire such that the boy is brought up mainly by his grandmother. The book continues as the boy begins to take more and more responsibilities as a shepherd, as his older siblings are the first in his family to go to school. The hardships of a nomadic Mongolian existence are portrayed touchingly. Ultimately, the troubles of the family and environment plague the boy's ability to overcome one of the most challenging physical existences on Earth.
janeajones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Blue Sky is the first English translation one of Tschinag's novels. A Mongolian leader and shaman of the Tuvan people, Tschinag publishes his novels in German, the language of his university education. Katharina Rout's sensitive translation leads English language readers into the world of a child of nature. The narrator is the youngest member of a family of nomadic sheepherders in the Altai Mountains as the Soviet Union is working to transform their ancient lifestyle. The life is harsh but infused with the ties between the herders and their animals, the rituals of inter-generational relationships, and the towering mountainous landscape. The Blue Sky is the first in a trilogy of autobiographical novels -- hopefully Katharina Rout, or some equally gifted translator, will continue on with the story of the making of a 21st century shaman.
meggyweg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is written from the point of view of someone very young (just how young I cannot say, but under eight years old) and it's fairly short, which might lead a person to conclude it's a children's book. But it's not the kind of book children would enjoy. It has no plot to speak of; the narrative simply drifts along. Yet, if you don't mind that sort of thing, there is much here to enjoy. The descriptions are spot-on, and I learned a great deal about the life and culture of the nomadic herders in Mongolia. I knew Mongolia was a very poor country, but I was still slightly shocked over how little the narrator and his family had, when they were considered to be a wealthy family.It says in the back that this book is part of a trilogy. The next book covers the protagonist's later childhood and the third, his adolescence and entry into adulthood. I think the other two books would be worth a read.