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Yak Butter Blues: A Tibetan Trek Of Faith-reviews
Phayul[Friday, December 09, 2005 19:40]
Yak Butter Blues: A Tibetan Trek of Faith
by Brandon Wilson
2nd edition published by Pilgrim's Tales, November

Here are some short reviews of the book

"Yak Butter Blues: A Tibetan Trek Of Faith is the story of Brandon Wilson and his wife Cheryl, who went on a 1000 kilometer trek along an ancient Tibetan pilgrimate trail that took them from Lhasa to Kathmandu. Their journey put their endurance to the test, and even brought them into an encounter with the Chinese Army, but also showed them the wonder and beauty of the land itself, and the remnants of a gentle Buddhist culture on the verge of extinction,evidenced in the kindness of strangers who share yak-butter tea. A moving and emotional testimony, and a travelogue that is the next most vivid experience to hiking upon the trail oneself." ~ © Midwest Book Review, the Buddhist Studies Shelf

"Travel in Tibet is rough, but attempting it Tibetan-style–and with winter approaching--amounts to sheer lunacy. Brandon Wilson and his partner Cheryl–along with a trusty pack-horse named Sadhu--set off on the ultimate trek: to walk an ancient pilgrimage and trading route from Lhasa to Kathmandu. Their zany adventures leap from the pages of this book–getting showered in dust, coated in snow, hammered by the wind, getting lost, getting shot at.More to the point, this gruelling form of travel brings them close to the extraordinary people and the breathtaking landscapes of the Tibetan plateau. Told with humour and insight, this vivid narrative allows you to vicariously experience life at true Tibetan pace, one step at a time: so close, you can almost smell the yak butter." ~ Michael Buckley, author of Tibet: the Bradt Travel Guide, and Heartlands–Travels in the Tibetan World.

"Brandon Wilson is masterful in describing the hardships and trials of his 650-mile journey across Tibet. He's equally adept at describing this harsh yet wondrous, high landscape known as the 'roof of the world'. Wilson is at his best, however, when he talks about the enchanting warmth of the Tibetan people who, as he and his wife crossed on foot, took them into their homes and shared their culture. Hardly a holiday sightseeing safari, Wilson calls his trek a "walking meditation" in which the couple sees through the dust storms and freezing winds to learn the good will and kindness that has survived generations of oppression.In this strange paradise, Wilson finds commonality with the Tibetans, yet mourns the continuing disappearance of their culture, noting that soon little will remain of it but their ancient yak butter tea. Fortunately, so will his book." ~ Andrew F. O'Hara, author of The Swan: Tales Of The Sacramento Valley.

"…a wonderful and wild read. Brandon Wilson treats the distant worlds of Tibet as places that exist not only in the mathematics of geography, but also in the terra incognita of our imaginations. His writing is charged, alive, and a little threatening. Yak Butter Blues flickers insistently like a flashbulb afterimage in the mind long after the book is tucked away…." Richard Bangs, Executive Producer of Richard Bangs ADVENTURES/world-adventurer

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