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Climbing , Hiking , VT. Some video of the climb I mentioned: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Sadly, Shan, who usually holds the book together, does very little actual detecting, and spends most of the book in a state of despair and depression. When he finally does his job, other events he has almost nothing to do with are more important to the resolution, which is positive but not entirely believable.
Not helping was the amount of characters to keep track of in a long book. I'm still not entirely sure who killed Drakte, and wasn't the stone eye supposed to go in some statue it had been torn from? What happened to that? I want to keep reading the series, which is incredible, but I hope Pattison kinda pulls it together in future books.
Mar 15, Lee rated it it was amazing. Another stunner by Pattison in his Inspector Shan series. A long book pages in the pb version I read and a slow pace could be the recipe for boring, but Shan and Pattison's other characters are so engaging and the obvious feelings that the author has for Tibet and Tibetans in their struggle against China means that interest does not wane. As with all the Shan books so far it is this struggle both within Shan as he continues to discover his inner deity and of the Tibetans to retain everythi Another stunner by Pattison in his Inspector Shan series.
As with all the Shan books so far it is this struggle both within Shan as he continues to discover his inner deity and of the Tibetans to retain everything that they are against the oppressive forces of the Chinese regime that is as much the crux of the story as is the actual 'mystery' itself.
Oct 08, Lorelei rated it it was amazing Shelves: Absolutely the best book yet by Eliot Pattison. I had a little trouble getting into it, but I think that was because of other things in my life, not the book. I couldn't put it down the last pages, and it was just wonderful. Not technically a mystery, but it's story starts with a murder, and the guilty party is identified in the end. In between, so many things happen! I love reading about Tibet, about the mountains, the animals, the traditions and the people with which Pattison fills his wor Absolutely the best book yet by Eliot Pattison.
I love reading about Tibet, about the mountains, the animals, the traditions and the people with which Pattison fills his world. Mar 07, Ann rated it it was amazing. I think this is the best novel I've ever read. I found this book extremely moving as ever with this series. It was a little long and convoluted at times, but beautiful and its a story that needs to be told. He was exiled to a work camp in Tibet which was otherwise peopled by Tibetan monks and lamas. He learned much from his fellow inmates and when a Chinese official arranged for his unofficial release from prison, he made his way to those monks and lamas on the outside and cast his lot with them.
In the first two books in this series, I felt rather lost in the narrative. It was only with this entry that I began to feel that I could follow what the writer was trying to do, as I began to understand a bit more of the Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. At one point in the narrative, Lokesh, Shan's Tibetan lama friend, says that Tibetans like to walk for it keeps them connected to the earth and gives them time to contemplate.
I am a gardener so I understand about connection to the earth and contemplation. Perhaps I have more in common with the Tibetan Buddhists than I realized. The central story here is of Shan's guarding of a sacred relic which had been stolen from a village and has now been recovered and is being returned. He travels with a salt caravan which has secreted the relic and is carrying it back to its village.
But then, on the journey, the relic mysteriously disappears and Shan must solve the mystery of that disappearance and recover the relic once again. As with all of these stories, Shan's journey in search of the relic becomes a journey in search of enlightenment as he seeks his inner deity, even when he doesn't realize that is what he is seeking.
Along the way, he picks up a mixed group of companions ranging from patriotic Tibetans trying to save their culture from the Chinese to an American diplomat seeking the body of a young geologist who has allegedly fallen to her death in the mountains. Readers with a Western logical bent of mind will find it helpful to suspend their disbelief as they travel through the rugged Tibetan hills and valleys to finally reach Bone Mountain and the centuries-old cave of the "medicine lamas.
This is a complex story that meanders along at a very slow pace. An unnecessarily slow pace, I think. The plotting is really incremental and repetitive. I know the Tibetan way of life is contemplative, but I don't think the telling of it has to be quite so turgid. Moreover, Pattison has his favorite adverbs that he uses over and over and over again. Who was it who said that the road to hell is paved with adverbs?
For example, things always seem to happen "suddenly. A character understands things suddenly. Mountains break apart and rivers appear suddenly.
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Little things like that just drive me mad! This is a promising series about a fascinating culture. This book, however, was too long and too repetitive. I think it could have been made a lot better by a more ruthless editor. Dec 31, Justin rated it really liked it. This is the third novel in Pattison's Shan series. Shan is a former government inspector, an ethnic Han Chinese from Beijing, exiled to Tibet for having the misfortune of being slightly too successful in fighting public corruption.
Pattison's Shan series quickly became one of my favorites last year, along with the superficially similar Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen series. Both series are English language mysteries which involve Han Chinese, and both are really good, but there the similarities This is the third novel in Pattison's Shan series. Both series are English language mysteries which involve Han Chinese, and both are really good, but there the similarities pretty much end. Xiaolong's Chen is a confirmed bachelor, somewhat westernized and worldly having studied English literature at the university , who fights crime and solves homicides as a Shanghai police official.
In contrast, Shan meaning Mountain in Mandarin , although ethnically Han and Taoist, is spiritual and idealistic, and comes to identify strongly with his fellow outcasts, Tibetan Buddhist monks. Unlike Chen, who manipulates the Communist system from within, Shan uses his knowledge of the apparatus as a former government official to affect the system from without, typically in defense of a downtrodden Tibetan. The series - and the novel - are engaging in their own right, with a varied cast of characters, Han, Tibetan, and Foreigners.
This novel, and the two previous novels, are written against the backdrop of the political and spiritual fissure between Tibet, the Communist Party, and predominantly Han provinces. The reader actually learns quite a bit of history, and plenty about both the P. After reading the first three novels Did I mention they were all good? Regardless of your desire to learn about Tibet or Buddhism, the ultimate test of a mystery novel or any fiction is - is it entertaining?
I think if you are giving a novel as a gift to your mother, that speaks for itself. Dec 06, Linda rated it it was amazing Recommended to Linda by: As with every book in this series, Tibet is the main character.
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When I go into these books, I live under their spell for days after - and I've found my worldview being re-evaluated in terms of how the people of Tibet live and believe. Trying to summarize the plot of Bone Mountain - or of any of the Inspector Shan series is something I'll leave to others - because for me, there is no summary possible; let's just say it involves elderly lamas; an "outlaw" ex-Bejing party official who found himself As with every book in this series, Tibet is the main character. Trying to summarize the plot of Bone Mountain - or of any of the Inspector Shan series is something I'll leave to others - because for me, there is no summary possible; let's just say it involves elderly lamas; an "outlaw" ex-Bejing party official who found himself in a Tibetan gulag and befriended by the lamas; events connected to, and generated by their religion; and the efforts of the Tibetans to maintain a way of life that has been unchanged for centuries - in the face of an equally stubborn effort on the part of the Chinese government to eradicate any individual thought or action.
The plot is heartbreaking - a mixture of basic mystery, and the story of a people and their culture being systematically destroyed by conquerors who see the country as nothing more than a giant treasure chest filled with natural resources, and who will do whatever it takes to exploit them. And yet, I don't find these stories sad - I'm usually left with some hope that in the face of Tibet's determination to maintain the old ways, they will survive. Rarely do I read every word of a book - I'm prone to skimming - picking out the relevant parts and moving on.
Eliot Pattison's Inspector Shan series does not allow for such indulgence - you'll lose the whole thread if you skip even a sentence because the you're visiting a culture actually at least two cultures: Tibetan and Chinese and a country, and being introduced to a philosophy of life that are almost the opposite of our own.
We need to read this series - to understand what's happening in Tibet, and to understand how to reconnect with ourselves and with the world on which we live. Aug 13, Joyce rated it really liked it Shelves: But why is the army so desperate to find the When disgraced former inspector, Shan Tao Yun joins a group of reverent Tibetans returning a sacred artefact to its home, it seems he has at last found the peace he has struggled for since leaving prison.
Jan 07, Ilirwen rated it it was amazing. Tibetan culture is something I've been interested in for years, in fact ever since I first read Tintin in Tibet. My love for Tibet only increased when I discovered Tibetan dogs but that's another story. Like the two earlier books in the series, Bone Mountain was fascinating, but sad. Parts of it read like a fantasy because of the incredibly interesting and unique culture and lifestyle of some of the Tibetans. Pattison's 'sleuth' Han Chinese Shan, first came to Tibet when he was deported to a gulag.
He survived the harsh conditions in the camp by embracing Tibetan religion and culture the two are completely interwoven, so it's hard, if not impossible to separate the two. Bone Mountain deals with the desctruction of Tibet's nature, by the Chinese occupation force. Luc , Kris Fiore Getting weather forecast Perched high above the eastern side of interstate 89 is Bolton Valley's most remote cliff band, Bone Mountain. With an approach time of roughly 1.
There are two cliffs on Bone Mountain. The Main Cliff and the Satellite Wall. Many of the routes require both face and crack-climbing skills, and rely on a mixture of natural gear and bolts, a common trait of most routes in Bolton Valley. Visiting Bone Mountain is a climbing treat, and your experience will be very unique one similar to the 82, but considerably more remote for a day scaling rocks in Vermont.
Hopefully with more lines going up and navigation getting easier the good lines will stay cleaner and this crag will gain the popularity it deserves. If you're looking for a day of adventure away from the crowds, you'll find it here. Expect to sweat on the approach and possibly get a little turned around in spots but never dreadfully lost. However, once at the cliffs, you will understand why this is one of the best little-known crags in Vermont. Chris Duca on Sep 26, Updated April Getting There There are two distinct approaches. One takes a steeper, more direct route up past Satellite Wall, the other is a bit longer but much more mellow.
Relatively easy to get lost either way so plan for that your first time.
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The steeper, more direct approach. Better if Satellite Wall is your objective. Roughly 70 minutes to the main cliff if you don't get lost. Easier hiking which brings you to the back of the main wall. Roughly 80 minutes though less elevation than the Sugar Shack. I strongly recommend this way. Only a handful remain and they are high up in the woods and useless for navigation. Nevertheless, this approach is gaining in popularity again and is the recommended route.
Be friendly to the staff here, they seem totally amenable to climbers hiking from their lot which is awesome. There are 3 different initial paths but no matter which way you take you'll get to a hill on your right with a bridge at the bottom. This turn is sooner than it appears on my map. It is 10 minutes from the parking lot. If after you make this turn you see ski trail signs for " C " as you are hiking up you're on the right trail although don't follow the arrows going to it. It's just noteworthy to confirm you picked the right logging road. Do not cut right early on the various trails that look like they head toward Bone.
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You will regret it. It feels weird to be hiking trending North but it's correct. Punch up into the woods on your right on a path that is now marked with orange flagging. Head SSE while trending uphill. In about 1 minute you should run into another obvious logging road. At this point you are even with the cliff and your elevation gaining is more or less done. It's pretty obvious from here but I'll point our further landmarks.
Stay about feet below the ridge on your left as you hike south. When in doubt, stay left. On the way back, when in doubt, stay right through this section.