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While not in the class with Harrer's inspired Seven Years in Tibet, this will provide that market with another worthwhile exploration of a fabulous land. Dr. Migot, a much traveled Frenchmen, whose interest in taking this journey was inspired by desire to study a faith at first hand, turned toward the close of 1946 toward the Eastern border of Tibet via Western China. His spiritual adventures and material misadventures, his penetrating travelogue and individual opinions, combine to form a book which sparkles from many facets. The precision, wit and verve of expression as he shares his unique journey form part of the delight of the book. Traversing the far reaches of Sikang, he comments bitingly on the flourishing opium trade. In vivid terms, he reports ""a slight case of banditry"", which stripped him as well as the villagers in a desolate valley hamlet. He recouped some of his losses from the Governor of Sikang, anxious to save face. He entered Tibet, and there in a lamasery received religious instruction, but, unable to accept the Buddhism promised him, felt goded to continue his journey. He expounds the of Buddhism; his view of the Tibetans is colored by his concentration on spiritual devotion, and he makes an attempt on itself disguised as a Mongolian beggar and accompanied by a bona fide pilgrim. Turned back, he seized a chance to reach Koko Nor, then Lanchw and elping. In the Ming Tombs, he was captured by Communists, and after three weeks behind the lines was freed unharmed. His comments are sparked by a decisive, vigorous mind. A book the serious traveller will know best how to evaluate.

Pub Date: June 9th, 1955
Publisher: Dutton