Into The Land Of Snows

Into The Land Of Snows

by Ellis Nelson


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ISBN-13: 9781938257018
Publisher: Jupiter Gardens Press
Publication date: 02/07/2012
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 0.47(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

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Into the Land of Snows 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
cheesecakeIL More than 1 year ago
"Into the Land of Snows" is a penetrating novel (suitable for young and old alike) that impressively delves into the adventures of a young man, Blake, as he explores the enigmatic and mystifyingly pure domain of the Himalayan region.  Nelson’s book faithfully reflects the true, pristine, raw, deeply reverent -- in terms of seeking the truly sacred -- atmosphere of the region.  Her book reveals how splendidly innocent, caring, down-to-earth, and “immersed in exploring reality” the region’s people tend to be.  Indeed, the Sherpa people of that region have long been known for their physical longevity, kind disposition, and deep religiosity.   Nelson takes us along with the young man… having us share in his baffling and mystical adventures (in a way that enables us to feel as if we are there ourselves, in the midst of the majestic , magnificent universal life forces).  The difficult steps that he takes, concerning adjusting to the steep inclines and ultra-thin atmosphere, concomitantly mesh with his difficult and conflicting thoughts (concerning his relationship with his family, his culture, and his complicated world).  Nelson effectively puts us in his shoes, and we (too) share in the seemingly insurmountable mental difficulties and mysterious (unfathomable) terrains, which Blake must courageously face.   I deeply enjoyed how Nelson reveals how the Himalayas is an unspoiled, innocent region; it contains something that -- unfortunately and regrettably -- our so-called modern, materialistic culture has lost.  Largely (which may coincide with their lofty mountains) the beautiful Sherpa people base their lives mostly around touching and encountering the sacred, the divine.  Our so-called modern culture, conversely, is more enmeshed with material success, flaunting possessions, sticking to details, and “having a good time”.  What we fail to realize is that mere pursuit involving “having a good time” is largely a childish waste of time.  Not perceiving the “truly lofty” is like crudely remaining in the low valley forever.  Change, if you can.  Read Into the Land of Snows.  Climb to new levels; the way to grow is by going up!
AFishCalledAmy on LibraryThing 7 months ago
After enduring his parents' painful divorce and having some disciplinary problems at school 16 year old Blake is sent to spend some time living with his father, a physician working at Everest Base Camp, in Nepal. Just after his arrival at Everest Base Camp a deadly avalanche occurs and Blake's father is forced to send him to safety. With a Sherpa as his guide, and carrying a set of photos that may hold the key to one of Everest's greatest mysteries, Blake undertakes a spiritual journey that will alter his perceptions and change his life.I've spent several months traveling in Nepal, and I really enjoy reading about Buddhism, so when I was given the opportunity to review Into the Land of Snows I was pretty excited. I REALLY wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, quite a few aspects of it fell short for me. My biggest problem with the book was the main character, Blake. I know that he is a high school boy, and high schoolers tend to be pretty wrapped up in themselves (I remember! I was in high school once!), but throughout the book Blake was rude, uncaring, and disrespectful to an almost comical and completely unbelievable degree! He was impossible for me to like. I spent most of the story wanting to slap him! Throughout his entire "spiritual journey" he seemed completely unconvinced by everything he was taught; and his "transformation" at the end of the book seemed less like a gradual transition that was a result of everything that he learned throughout the book and more like the author realizing that she needed to end the story and so Blake better hurry up change his views. It literally happened within the span of a few pages. That, to me, was completely unbelievable. Another issue I had with the book was the poor editing. This book was not self published, and I checked out the author's blog and in several entries she talks about working with her editor, so I was shocked that there were so many glaring spelling and grammatical errors. I definitely don't nitpick , I understand that things happen and the occasional error slips through the cracks (it happens to me all the time!), but there were so many in this book that I found it distracting. When a book is edited by a professional and not self published my expectations for this sort of thing are justifiably higher.There were some things that I did like. I think that the book does a nice job teaching the reader about some of the basic tenants of Buddhism. It also offers some beautiful descriptions of Nepal's magical countryside. In those moments I could really feel the author's love of her subject matter, and that was enjoyable. However, I had many other issues with the book in general that I really couldn't overlook them for the moments that I did like. In it's current state I have a hard time recommending this book to anyone. Maybe teenagers who would like to learn more about Buddhism, but would prefer to read fiction books (as opposed to religious texts) would get something out of it? I'm not sure. I think with some editing it would be a much more enjoyable story, but in it's current state it's just not a pleasant read.
Blackhippiechick on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I was very excited at the prospect of reading a YA that discusses Buddhism, since I'm raising a teen who is Buddhist. I found that I did enjoy the Buddhist principles that were taught throughout the book, but even that wasn't a strong enough influence to overcome the distractions that exist in this novel. As the wife of a therapist that often works with clients who have addictions, I can't imagine any REASONABLE parent shipping their child off to the base camp of Mt. Everest. I literally said, REALLY, several times upon reading that. If a child is already struggling with the acceptance of his parents' divorce, and being uprooted, it would be ridiculous to create more upheaval in his or her life.While I can easily understand Blake's anger, I think his level of rudeness and disrespectfulness is above and beyond the level of acceptable. However, to some degree it is reasonable for Blake to be so ill-behaved; afterall his father doesn't even go with him on his journey down the mountain. Again, what reasonable and responsible parent would essential tell the child: You're on your own,hope your still alive in a few months when we will meet up.
AmandaCharland on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I enjoyed reading this book about a teenager who is forced to visit his absent father who is working as a doctor at Base Camp on Mt. Everest. Blake is sent against his wishes and has a poor relationship with his father. When an avalanche forces Blake's dad to send him away from base camp to safer places, Blake's anger for his father intensifies. The journey with a Sherpa man away from base camp is a life altering one for Blake. He learns much about Buddhism and different ways of life in Nepal. He is transformed by Buddhist philosophy and his experiences there. I would have liked to have read more about his relationship with his dad at the end. I felt like the journey was leading the reader to a place where we would get to know more about how that relationship is strengthened.
kpolhuis on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to read this book. I was drawn in to the story of our protagonist, Blake, and cared much where his journey would take him. I didn't like him very much at the beginning, and it wasn't until close to the end that I had some hope for personal growth within him. I liked how author Ellis Nelson took me through a foreign country and showed me some of it's heart through the eyes of a seventeen-year-old boy, and I can't see anyone not enjoying this adventure without learning something as well.
jadestar31 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The novel starts with Blake being forced to visit his father at base camp at Mount Everest. It was nice that the story started out with a bit of action, but it was almost too abrupt. Blake¿s issues with his father are at the forefront at the beginning of the book. It¿s obvious he blames him for everything that went wrong, but even I found it too much of an overreaction to ship him off to Mount Everest for smoking a little pot. He¿s a sixteen year old boy for crying out loud! There are probably better ways to handle that. To uproot him in the middle of the school year (after uprooting him once already after a divorce) seems like it would be doing more harm than good. It also seemed pointless for him to go all the way to Mount Everest just to be asked to leave.Obviously, it was a necessary plot device to start his trip with Ang and to reach ¿enlightenment¿. On the trip with Ang, Blake and Ang debate philosophy and discuss Buddhist teachings. It¿s an interesting subject to learn about, but all of the conversations seemed forced and weren¿t written very organically. I did enjoy learning about some of the teachings though since I wasn¿t aware of Buddhist principles before.The end of the novel is a little anticlimactic and Blake¿s transformation seemed quite rushed. Perhaps the novel is good to introduce Buddhism to younger readers, but there are probably better books out there for that. Overall, it¿s a mediocre book with a couple of interesting principles thrown in.
TA Sullivan More than 1 year ago
The first thing that intrigued me about the book was the title, “Into the Land of Snows.” I found out later that the title is actually another name for Tibet, Nepal, and the surrounding Himalayan area. What a clever idea by the author to use it as the title of her book, then. Throughout the novel, the Sherpa guide (Ang) consistently tries to engage and educate Blake (the teenage protagonist) in the ways of life. However, Blake, being a self-absorbed, typical U.S. teenager, is hardly interested. That is, until they end up in several harrowing situations that require him to pay attention so that he can learn and understand how to overcome the challenges. During their trek through the mountains, Blake and Ang debate philosophy (primarily Buddhism), encounter differences in social mores, and work through several ethical and moral issues. Having never been to the Himalayas or met a Sherpa, I found the descriptions and societal insights fascinating and educational. However, the conversations on philosophy seemed stilted and unnatural. Overlooking that unnaturalness, though, I did find the snippets of information gleaned from the book helpful and intriguing. Intriguing enough to get me to check out several books on Buddhism from the library. Will this book appeal to young adults? I can’t really say. But as an adult, I found it quite interesting and very informative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ellis Nelson has written a brilliant page turner in her novel Into the Land of Snows. She has captured the essence of the Nepal/Tibet region, its people, and its traditions. Centered around a teenage boy and elder Sherpa who share a journey through this unforgiving land, the story tells the unfolding of forgiveness by a resentful teenager, and the steadfastness of the Sherpa's Buddhist traditions that defy time, place and and circumstance. Nelson brings us into the intimacy of monasteries, the mysteries of spiritual knowledge, with a writing style that not only engages the reader, but makes one want to keep turning the pages throughout the night. Ellis Nelson does not disappoint as many of this genre do. On the contrary, her ending is mature, insightful, and true. And well worth staying up all night to get to! Highly recommended.
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