Jupiter, an American drifter down on his luck, finds himself wrapped around the finger of a retired French heroin smuggler. Circumstance quickly leads him across the globe searching for clues to the smuggler’s secret. He lands headfirst in Nepal, a country still reeling from civil war, and is befriended by Maya, a British diplomat’s daughter with connections and attitude. Before Jupiter can get his bearings, Jack, the last remnant of the heroin ring, surfaces unexpectedly. On a dimly lit back street of Kathmandu their lives are endangered. Suddenly the trio is on the run, making their way for the remote border of western Nepal. As they climb higher into the Himalayas, they battle for survival and encounter danger at every turn. Gradually the true meaning of Samsara begins to unfold, becoming more apparent as they toil towards possible safety. Samsara details the tragic historical events surrounding the resistance movement of the Tibetan Freedom Fighters, a band of brave soldiers who fought against Chinese occupation of Tibet for over fifteen years. Trained in secrecy at US army bases through a covert CIA operation, they eventually established a base in Mustang, an isolated kingdom in the far reaches of Nepal. An abrupt shift in political climate suddenly left the Tibetan guerillas abandoned. When juxtaposed against current US policy, it echoes an all too familiar precedent. This novel is a commemoration of their remarkable yet heartbreaking tale.
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This was one of those books that had me so invested in the characters that I wanted it to go on. As though I knew them and lost touch after the book ended. The journey, inevitably, becomes an inner one for all parties involved, which draws one even deeper into their character, and makes them even more endearing. Having known virtually nothing about the history of Nepal, I also found the book incredibly educational. Can’t wait to see what Abramczyk has in store for us on his next go.
I took my time with Samsara. Historically informed, Abramczyk explores the turmoil of Maoist tensions in Nepal and the Tibetan struggle. As the storyline unfolds, you become drawn into the world of erratic ex-drug smuggling Jack and the unfolding love-hate relationship of Jay (Jupiter) and fiery Maya . Action-packed, raw and almost autobiographical in nature, I would highly recommend Samsara. A fantastic read - intuitive, sensitive and graphic, it explores the life of ex-pats and Nepalese alike in Nepal with gritty detail. Abramczyk has a deep understanding of Nepalese custom, spirituality and language. A complex and well-thought out storyline. Looking forward to the next book.