Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet

Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet

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Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet by Xinran

It was 1994 when Xinran, a journalist and the internationally acclaimed author of The Good Women of China, received a telephone call asking her to travel four hours to meet a woman who had just crossed the border from Tibet into China.

Xinran made the trip and met the woman, called Shu Wen, who recounted the story of her thirty-year odyssey in the vast landscape of Tibet. In Sky Burial, Xinran has re-created Shu Wen’s journey, painting an extraordinary portrait of a woman and a land, each at the mercy of fate and politics. It is an unforgettable, ultimately uplifting tale of love, loss, loyalty, and survival.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400095643
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/08/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 257,805
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Xinran is the author of The Good Women of China, a seminal work about the lives of Chinese women. She was born in Beijing in 1958, and by the late 1980s had become a successful Chinese journalist. In 1997 she moved to London, where she currently writes a regular column in The Guardian.

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A love story that opens in China in 1959 when the Peoples Liberation Army was still somewhat idealistic and people were choosing between Mao and Chou-En-Lai. Two doctors meet in medical school, then fall in love and get married. Three weeks after the wedding the heroine's husband leaves with the Red Army to serve in Tibet in what was supposed to be a war of liberation. Almost as soon as he arrives with his Army unit in northern Tibet her husband is killed. When the heroine is notified she gets posted to Tibet with another Red Army Unit and gives up the next 30 years of her life in pursuit of him. A moving love story and a fascinating narrative of the Tibetan culture and people.
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Normally I read a book and pass it on to others. Not so with "Sky Burial." Our book club chose it as one of our selections and it was unanimously agreed that it was one of the best books we'd read since our inception nearly a year ago. Shu Wen and her husband Kejun met as medical students in Nanjing, China during the days of Chairman Mao. Upon completion of their studies the two decide to marry and have a proper Revolutionary wedding with the Chairman's portrait looking down at them. Three weeks later Kejun is called to serve as a military doctor on the border of Tibet. When she receives word that he has been killed, Shu Wen resolves to find the truth of his death or, hopefully, learn if he might still be living, and determines to travel to Tibet. This quest forms the core of the story. During her search, she meets unforgettable people such as Zhuoma, a young Tibetan woman who serves as her intrepreter during the thirty years she spends in Tibet, many of those years with the nomadic family that rescued them from certain death. What she finally learns about her husband seems almost immaterial to what she has gleaned about the family she lived with, their customs and day-to-day lives. The mountains become visible to the reader through her eyes so not only was the book a treat for the mind but for other senses as well. The culture and spirituality of the people comes through strongly in this book and as a result I have gained new understanding of the struggles they face and respect for the people of Tibet, their survival and endurance. This has led me to read biographies and histories of the people and culture as well as to learn more about the religion of that beautiful country. When I finally finished the book, it was one I hated to put down so it went on my bookshelf to be read and enjoyed again and again.
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As a Year 12 student, studying a text based around genocide and foreign affairs and regimes is bound to be on our booklist, but no other memoir that I have studied compares with this text. Although at times Xinran can paint a seemingly bland picture, and not provide as much analytical depth in her text as another author may have, the overall structure and integrity of the novel depict an epic journey for one woman which can both enthrall the reader, as well as educate them. We have managed to gain insight into the lives of not only the Chinese soldiers who try to 'unite the Motherland' with Tibet, but also the Tibetans themselves, ranging from the peaceful nomadic Saierbao, to the educated and noble Zhouma. The text is set about in third person, but focuses purely on Shu Wen's journey, and how she came to be where she is today- and although there is lacking evidence to prove that such a character ever existed- it is the journey and the quintessential ideal that 'love can conquer all' that is left with the reader after closing the final page.