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Sky Burial
by Xinran | Travel
Registered by wingcatsalivewing of Rooty Hill, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by catsalive): permanent collection


13 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingcatsalivewing from Rooty Hill, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, February 15, 2005

10 out of 10

Sky Burial by Xue Xinran
In the early 1960s a rumour circulated through China that one of its soldiers in Tibet had been brutally fed to the vultures. Xinran was a little girl: the tale frightened and fascinated her. She knew nothing about the Tibetan custom of laying out corpses so that sacred vultures could carry their souls to paradise - indeed few Chinese at the time knew or understood such rituals. But thirty years later, Xinran met a Chinese woman who could tell her the astonishing story that lay behind a legend. Her name was Shuwen and she had spent most of her adult life lost on the Tibetan plateau. In 1958, Shuwen was twenty-six. She and her husband Kejun were young medical students, fired with the hope and enthusiasm of the early Communist years. It was this idealism that led Kejun to join the army as a doctor. But, only a few months after her marriage, Shuwen heard that her husband had been killed in action in Tibet. Refusing to believe the news, she too joined up as a doctor and set out for Tibet in search of him. To her horror, instead of finding a Tibetan people welcoming their Chinese 'liberators', she walks into a bloody conflict. Before she can know her husband's fate, she is taken hostage and embarks on a life-changing journey through the Tibetan countryside - a landscape that nothing had prepared her for in all its beauty and brutality.

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I'm not sure how to describe this book. It's fascinating, as is the way Xinran found the story.

I visited Tibet in 1995 & found that the Chinese had done their best to wipe out the Tibetan culture altogether. There are few monasteries left & all the wealth that was contained within has since found its way to Chinese coffers. Having read this book, there was obviously some sympathy for Tibetan culture among the Chinese at some time, but the Party wanted it wiped out. Luckily, it's not all gone & the Potala still stands - most of its treasures gone, but it's still there.

There were a couple of lines from the book that I wanted to quote here, but you'll just have to read it yourself. I think I'll have to read The Good Women of China at some stage.
 


Journal Entry 2 by wingcatsalivewing from Rooty Hill, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, February 15, 2005

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Once I've read this book I'm going to open it up for a BookRing. This is particularly for those who need an X author for the A-Z Challenge.


Participants - AU/NZ only:
sally906, NT
amberC, NT
tantan, QLD
groovyjoss, VIC
gwilk, NZ
Pluisje, NZ
JessVB, NZ
gabbysmum,QLD
cathyinoz, VIC
jackiea, NSW uncontactable
jubby, NSW
Funkybamboozle, NSW removed by request
celestewa, WA
Purple-lilly, SA has own copy now 3/5/6
Sujie, NSW
star1978, ACT too busy
catsalive, NSW arrived home 13/10/6.


Will be posted to sally906 on 18/2/5. 


Journal Entry 3 by sally906 from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Tuesday, February 22, 2005

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Whoo Hoo - my X book for the a-z challenge and a story set in a part of Asia that has long fascinated me. A double whammy :)

Looking forwards to reading this 


Journal Entry 4 by sally906 from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Friday, March 04, 2005

10 out of 10

Wow - this book is great. Such a moving story - I shed a little tear at the end. What a fascinating part of the world.

Thank you catsailve for sharing this - and like you I am going to look for her other book The Good Women Of China

Will pass this on to amberC at our mini-meetup on the 12th 


Journal Entry 5 by sally906 at Jamaica Blue Coffee Shop in Casuarina, BC meetup -- Controlled Releases on Friday, March 11, 2005

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Released 9 yrs ago (3/11/2005 UTC) at Jamaica Blue Coffee Shop in Casuarina, BC meetup -- Controlled Releases

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Handing on to amberC 


Journal Entry 6 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Friday, March 11, 2005

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received from Sally over coffee this morning. 


Journal Entry 7 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Monday, March 14, 2005

9 out of 10

i'm not sure how to describe this book.

it is one womans extraordinary journey from China to Tibet and back. a story of love, loss, loyalty and above all survival.

i would love to know the rest of Wen's story.

my daughter (16) is also reading this book. she wasn't going to, picked it up, read a few pages and didn't want to give it back.

will be posted to tantan as soon as i have an address. 


Journal Entry 8 by tantan from Townsville, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, March 29, 2005

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Received in the mail today thanks to amberC. I've got a couple in front of this one, but it looks like it should be a quick read once I get to it. I'm looking forward to this book. 


Journal Entry 9 by tantan from Townsville, Queensland Australia on Saturday, May 07, 2005

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My apologies for holding this bookring up. I have started this book today, and it shouldn't take me long to get finished. Sorry!! 


Journal Entry 10 by tantan from Townsville, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, May 10, 2005

10 out of 10

Wow!! I absolutely loved this! Shu Wen's story is absolutely amazing, and I just hope that one day the author will be able to find more information about where she is now. Shu Wen is an incredible woman!

This will be heading off to groovyjoss as soon as I have an address. 


Journal Entry 11 by groovyjoss from Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Thursday, May 19, 2005

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Recieved today, will attempt to read ASAP.
GJ 


Journal Entry 12 by groovyjoss from Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, June 28, 2005

8 out of 10

I will pm gwilk now and send this on asap.
This was a really great book and read it really quickly. 


Journal Entry 13 by gwilk from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Monday, September 12, 2005

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Received this book in the mail - thanks. Looks fascinating. 


Journal Entry 14 by gwilk from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Wednesday, October 05, 2005

10 out of 10

Unbelievable story - literally. If you gave it to me and told me it was a work of fiction I would not have liked it because it is too far fetched. As it is, the story just blew me away. The universe, once again, is stranger than I can suppose. 


Journal Entry 15 by gwilk from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Friday, October 14, 2005

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Posted yesterday to Pluisje. 


Journal Entry 16 by Pluisje on Friday, October 21, 2005

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I have read a few books about China-Tibet lately, but have particularly been looking forward to this book.
Thank you for sharing catsalive. 


Journal Entry 17 by Pluisje on Sunday, November 06, 2005

9 out of 10

I loved this book. I would not know how to describe it.
This is definitely a book I would like to read again at some stage or would love to have myself to share with friends.

Thank you very very much for sharing Catsalive

I pm-ed the next one on the list and will send it as soon as I receive the address.

10/11/05 Mailed out today to JessVB 


Journal Entry 18 by JessVB on Wednesday, January 25, 2006

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Apologies for the tardy entry - I received the book just before we headed off on a 2 month trip through Vietnam and it completely slipped off my 'to do' list before we left.

Having just travelled in that part of the world I'd love to read this but will pass it along as I've had it for far too long already, and I'll try to find a copy locally. Sounds like it'll be well worth it from the other entries! 


Journal Entry 19 by gabbysmum from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, March 01, 2006

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Received just now.Will start reading it this afternoon. 


Journal Entry 20 by gabbysmum from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Friday, April 21, 2006

10 out of 10

I really loved this book.Wen's unfailing love for her husband and the lengths she went to looking for him.She never gave up hope and her love never failed.


 


Journal Entry 21 by gabbysmum at Bookring Controlled Release in Controlled Release, --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases on Friday, April 21, 2006

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Released 8 yrs ago (4/21/2006 UTC) at Bookring Controlled Release in Controlled Release, --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases

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So sorry for the delay,my memory is hopeless but it is now on its way to Cathyinoz. 


Journal Entry 22 by cathyinoz from Warrandyte, Victoria Australia on Thursday, April 27, 2006

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This arrived safely in the post yesterday, thanks. I'll be onto it when I've finished my current novel. 


Journal Entry 23 by cathyinoz from Warrandyte, Victoria Australia on Sunday, May 07, 2006

8 out of 10

This story has all the elements of an Arthurian legend or one the Irish quest story rings (Eg. The King of Ireland's Son). In fact it is so like those legends I am left thinking this is not a true story. A wonderful tale nontheless and I enjoyed reading it very much. I'll contact the next person on the list and will journal when I send it off. Thanks so much for sharing.

POSTED: 26/05/06 


Journal Entry 24 by jubby from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, June 03, 2006

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I started reading this book this evening.
I actually received this book during the middle of a busy working week, and I has been waiting patiently on the table for me...

I'm finding that I am having a bit of a 'Tibet' period at the moment - thanks to Tantan. I've got 'Seven years in Tibet' in my tbr pile, and recently read 'Hotel on the roof of the world'.

A fascinating place - Tibet that is. And what a story! I love my husband, but I doubt I would have the stamina or courage to live such a story! I adore the wonder writing style and format that Xinran employs.

Have PMed celestewa for postal details.
Plan to finish reading this weekend, and post/journal on Monday. 


Journal Entry 25 by jubby from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, June 04, 2006

9 out of 10

This was such a moving story.
I wouldn't say that I greatly enjoyed it, but it was incredibly moving.

What love!
To give up everything, and just follow a brief message to find the one you love - and for years too.

I'm off now to google Shu Wen and see if Xinran ever did find her again.

Thank you for sharing this story with me. 


Journal Entry 26 by jubby at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, June 04, 2006

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Released 7 yrs ago (6/4/2006 UTC) at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Popped into the post for Celestewa. 


Journal Entry 27 by celestewa from Perth, Western Australia Australia on Wednesday, July 26, 2006

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Soryry, I didnt realise that I hadnt logged receiving this book. Will try to get to it ASAP, had a pile of rings arrive at once 


Journal Entry 28 by celestewa from Perth, Western Australia Australia on Sunday, August 06, 2006

8 out of 10

Just finished this book. It was a very interesting read. I know very little about Tibet and its people, a very fascinating insight.

Have posted this off. 


Journal Entry 29 by Sujie from Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, August 29, 2006

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Have just received this (yesterday) in the post. Look forward to reading it. 


Journal Entry 30 by Sujie from Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, September 10, 2006

8 out of 10

I haven't been to Tibet but loved the descriptions of the grassy plateaus and the hard, simple life of the Tibetan nomads. The story sometimes seemed far-fetched to me, almost a fairytale and told with the dream-like detachment of a religious parable, but it was haunting nevertheless, and I would love to know what happened to Shu Wen. Will she ever contact Xinran? That loss and separation seems more heartbreaking and real than Wen's separation from Kejun to me.
Contacting Star1978 for address now. Thank you, catsalive for making this book available. 


Journal Entry 31 by Sujie from Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, October 03, 2006

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Heard from star1978 today that she is too busy to accept this book so shall post back to you, catsalive when I get address. Thanks again! 


Journal Entry 32 by wingcatsalivewing from Rooty Hill, New South Wales Australia on Friday, October 13, 2006

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Thanks everyone for making this a successful bookring. Everyone seemed to enjoy it & now my book looks well-read & well-loved. 




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