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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (44 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Canyon Sam Narrator: Donna Postel Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Through a lyrical narrative of her journey to Tibet in 2007, activist Canyon Sam contemplates modern history from the perspective of Tibetan women. Traveling on China's new Sky Train, she celebrates Tibetan New Year with the Lhasa family, whom she'd befriended decades earlier, and concludes an oral-history project with women elders.

As she uncovers stories of Tibetan women's courage, resourcefulness, and spiritual strength in the face of loss and hardship since the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1950, and observes the changes wrought by the controversial new rail line in the futuristic Lhasa, Sam comes to embrace her own capacity for letting go, for faith, and for acceptance. Her glimpse of Tibet's past through the lens of the women - a visionary educator, a freedom fighter, a gulag survivor, and a child bride - affords her a unique perspective on the state of Tibetan culture today - in Tibet, in exile, and in the widening Tibetan diaspora.

Gracefully connecting the women's poignant histories to larger cultural, political, and spiritual themes, the author comes full circle, finding wisdom and wholeness even as she acknowledges Tibet's irreversible changes. The book is published by University of Washington Press.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Malkc | 7/14/2013

    " It is unfortunate that this author largely discarded a collection of Tibetan oral histories in favor of a twitchy and repetitive narrative centered on herself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marjie | 7/6/2013

    " An amazing story. So sad, yet so much hope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eleanor | 11/30/2012

    " I am always moved by books like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shar | 5/7/2012

    " I'm biased, because Canyon Sam (author) is my cousin. But this is an extremely well-written book that will grab your interest and make you care about Tibet. My book club read it and had a great discussion with the author. "

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