37 journalers for this copy...
Lovely book from London-based author Xinran who is originally from Beijing and was a successful journalist and radio presenter in China.
The book is based on the memoirs of a Chinese woman Shu Wen who spent many years in Tibet, living with Tibetan nomads for much of that time, whilst attemtping to track down her Chinese husband who came to Tibet as a army doctor in the late 1950's/early 1960's.
From meeting with Shu wen over two days in the 1990's, the author has documented the memoirs of Shu Wen's life in Tibet, her will, her strength and her love.
A wonderful book about life, love, religion, spirituality, culture and the strength of a woman ...
Definitely worth the read.
There seems to be some interest from other people in reading this book, so I’m offering it up in a bookring for others to read. I hope it is enjoyed by all.
What to do when you receive the book:
1. Log onto the BookCrossing site when you receive the book and add a journal to let us know that you’ve received it ok.
2. Private message (PM) the next person in line to get their mailing address so there won’t be any waiting once you finish the book. If they don’t respond within 10 days, PM the next reader in line (and me too so I know they are no longer interested or will be moved down the line)
3. Read the book within 4 weeks and then add a journal with your thoughts on the book so we all know what you thought of it.
4. Send the book to the next person and journal that you’ve sent it on it’s way.
What if I’m the last in line? PM me and I will send you my mailing address for you to return the book.
What if you’re too other swamped with book commitments and it is almost my turn!? If you find yourself in this situation PM me and I’ll move you a few notches down the list(if it’s feasible).
Order of Reading is:
(Sydney, NSW) - post Australia - from wishlist
(London, UK) - post UK/Europe or surface i'nat - from wishlist
(Cambridge, UK) - post UK/Europe - from wishlist
(Nottinghahm UK) - post UK/ship international
(Wales, UK) - post anywhere surface
(Dublin, Ireland) - post international - from wishlist
(Vienna, Austria) - post international/Europe preferred
(Israel) - post anywhere - from wishlist
(Wisconsin, USA)- post surface international - from wishlist
(California, USA) - post international
(California, USA) - post US only - from wishlist
(Pennsylvania, USA) - ship anywhere
(London, UK) - post anywhere
(St. Albans, UK) - post UK only - from wishlist
(Surrey, UK) - post internat surface (from wishlist)
(Fukuoka, Japan) -post surface i'national - from wishlist
(Balingup, WA) (from wishlist)
(Alexander Hils, Qld)
* Back to aleonblue
(Brisbane, Qld)& post off overseas again
(Dublin, Ireland)- from wishlist (i'national postage ok)
(London, UK) - from wishlist (i'national postage ok)
(Utrecht, Netherlands) (I'national surface)
(Ohio, USA) (US postage preferred)
(Colorado, USA) (i'national ok, USA preferred)
(Colorado, USA) (i'national ok)
(Washington, USA) (i'national postage ok)
(North Dakota, US) (US postage preferred)
(Maryland, USA) (from wishlist) - post anywhere
(Leicestershire, UK) (post international)
(France) (can post international)
(Leiden, Netherlands) (Can post international)
(Bangalore, India) - post internationally)
(Gymea, NSW)(** BOOK IS HERE **)
(Sydney, NSW) (from wishlist)- skipping for a while
(Portugal) - post to Australia - from wishlist (to be skipped at this stage)
(Berlin, Germany) - post anywhere surface (Skipped - studying hard!)
SKIPPED - HAVE OWN COPY OF THE BOOK NOW
(North Carolina, USA)
Received in the mail today. It seems to have had a leisurely trip from Brisbane! Have just finished a book and have been perusing Mt TBR for my next read. This arrived just in the nick of time!
Finished this in record time (for me!). This is apparently a true story, and if so, is an amazing tale. I would love to know what happened to other people mentioned in the book but fear that anyone who may know their fate would now be dead. Guess that we may never know...
Released 13 yrs ago (9/29/2005 UTC) at
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Posted to Rossella05 in London today. Happy reading!
Journal Entry 5
on Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Arrived this morning, thank you awaywithfairies, lovely postcard by the way. I've just started reading another book that's traveling on a ray, "Sky Burial" is next.
Journal Entry 6
on Monday, October 24, 2005
A beautiful and unusual love story, I enjoyed every minute. I have Fluffy-Owl's address and will send the book tomorrow. Thanks again.
Received yesterday in the post, thank you!
This was absolutely excellent, and I read it in only a few hours. Had my attention all the way through. I know it's a true story, and truth is often stranger than fiction, and life is incredible, but sometimes the details just seemed too well remembered. But then, it is an amazing tale of what happened to Shu Wen, so maybe she has remembered it all amazingly well. That's my only negative feeling about the book, but it's definitely remained with me. I just hope that everyone in the book found happiness somewhere, sometime.
Posted off yesterday to YowlYY.
Journal Entry 10
on Thursday, November 10, 2005
Journal Entry 11
on Wednesday, November 30, 2005
I have four rays that should be read before this one, but because I am the last in all of them, I decided to give precedence to this one, as there are a few readers waiting. I am starting it today and if all goes well it should move next week to Wales :)
I will update this JE once I've read the book, and add my comments. Photo courtesy of tsc_traveler; Smileys courtesy of © Camilla Eriksson Update on 4 Dec 2005:
This book is probably the most beautiful fiction work (even if it is a true story) I've read this year. A heartwrenching story throughout the chapters, it catches your breath and never lets it go.
I've followed the story of Wen, interviewed during two days by the author, from the early days of her marriage, to her departure to Tibet, in the hope of finding out what had happened to her husband, who was given for dead by the Chinese army. The most incredibly wonderful part is her joining the Tibetan nomad family, and with time passing by, the shedding of her identity to become more and more a Tibetan herself. Would it have been any easier if she hadn't been the well educated woman that she was?
Her quest for her husband never stops, and at the end, when we learn what happened, it is also the point of reunification of Wan with her lost country. However, China has changed a lot since her departure, and she seems to be now a stranger in her own homeland.
Xinran, who did not get the chance to meet Wan again, is still looking for her. Hopefully one day she will be able to read this book.
"No one likes crying, but tears water our souls."
Many thanks to the ringmaster for this gem... I've already ordered my own copy to keep.
The book leaves tomorrow to visit Xanthe-pup.
Recieved this morning. Looking forward to it.
Quite a short read, and like most things in real life, incomplete and in someways unsatisfying. It does read like fiction - How many of us truly discover what has happened to people we've lost along the way? But there are plenty of strings left hanging to make it more believeable.
Very well told book, with just a quick hint of life in Tibet - which left me wanting to know so much more about this culture.
This is a good read about how strong love can be - although I am not convinced that Wen was the same person searching for the romance she lost. Perhaps it was just the one thing from her past she could cling on to so she didn't feel completely lost in a strange land.
Will be on its way to nordie this weekend.
Sorry for holding this up, Christmas just got in the way!
On its way to nordie today.
Hurrah! Caught on the last day of my "Christmas Holidays" in the UK. Back to Ireland today, so good book to read in the airport. Thanks!
Short read - did it in a day or so. Having seen some footage of Tibet, it's easy to visualise part of her stay in Tibet.
Sending to mihi in the next few days.
Arrived some days ago with the mail, had no time to journal until now, will read it as soon as possible.
A wonderful story full of love and mutual understanding, makes me long for a simple life in a simple world.
很謝謝你 aeonblue for sharing this wonderful book with us.
its here! thanks mihi - the packaging is very cool!
hope to start it today.
finished it today.
wow. one of the best books i have read in the past few months. will be keeping my eye out in the second hand bookstore for my own copy.
one of the 'stranger than fiction' books that makes you think about how things sometimes have to happen in their own time.
but i really really want to know if Shu Wen found her sister again, what happened to Zhuoma, the family of Gela. I certainly hope there will be more to this story one day.
in its own time.
thank you aleonblue for sharing this with me.
i plan to send it off in the next few days.
First of all, my apologies--I received this book last week but forgot to journal it AND forgot to PM the next person in line. I was so excited, I just read it right away!
For such a short book, there is a lot of story and a lot to think about. Shu Wen's determination to find Kejun over so many years was amazing to me. I am sure I would have given up after a year or so. On the other hand, time appears to pass differently in Tibet, at least for the nomads, who think in terms of seasons. And since it seemed to take Shu Wen so long to get from one place to another, it makes more sense that so many years elapsed and she got sucked into the culture and religion.
I wondered about Shu Wen and Zhuoma staying with Gela and family for so long. When and how did it happen that they went from being travelers visiting the nomad family to being part of the nomad family? I found it interesting how Gela and family accepted these women to stay with them so matter-of-factly. Shu Wen was a liability for a while; she had to be fed yet she wasn't able to complete chores as the Tibetan women could. The concept of "imposition" never was an issue. I wonder if there was ever a conversation cementing the relationship, or if the women just kind of blended in over time.
I knew next to nothing about Tibet before reading this. Getting a glimpse into Tibet and its citizens was the best aspect of this book, for me.
I think Shu Wen will be okay.
Arrived today. I just finished a book so I will get started on this immediately. Thx.
Incredible story! I read "The Good Women of China" and was anxious to read this book. Hard to imagine what Shu Wen endured. She was such a strong woman. Thank you for sharing this book. I'm mailing to tomsmama tomorrow. Thx!
The book arrived safely today and is up next to read.
Can't wait to get started!
Thank you so much for starting this ring.
What an incredible book! All the more so as it's a true story. As much as I love my husband I don't know whether I would have had the fortitude to face what she went through.
Mailing out today to LyekkaMarengo.
Now I'm off to find a copy to put in PC!
Received 04/01/2006 in State College, PA. It will go on the bookring stack that I am now making good progress on after finally finishing one I was struggling with.
Very touching and moving story, beautifully told, about a Chinese woman who lived in Tibet while looking for her missing/presumed dead husband. Her slow arc from the modern outlook to adopting Tibetan philosophies of life was fascinating to follow. To have lived such a life and experience the things she did seems almost impossible to believe.
Sending on to cloggy - Xeyra asked to be skipped.
Got here this morning. Thanks LyekkaMarengo and Aleonblue for sharing. I have a few bookring books ahead of this one - they always come in fours I think - but I should get to this book fairly soon (and it's not that thick)
What an extraordinary story. Strongly reminiscent of the writing by Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Isabel Allende, magic realism, but instead it is a true story. So amazing.
In the post to naturallybear
Recieved in the post today thank you!! Will be my next TBR and will send on its way again ASAP.
This is a great book. It is a quick read but a great insite into another culture as well as an inspiring story. Will post to wubbaducky
Journal Entry 34
from not specified, not specified not specified on Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Arrived safe and sound in the post today - many thanks. I'm really looking forward to reading this!
Journal Entry 35
from not specified, not specified not specified on Friday, June 16, 2006
I really loved this book! It was incredibly poignant and it was impossible not to sympathise with Shu Wen and feel her pain and suffering as she patiently searched for her lost husband. I'd read The Good Women of China and really enjoyed that but this was something else! Taking Wen from a mysterious stranger to a woman whom you wanted to cry for, this book was absolutely wonderful. I'd recommend it to anyone!
I already have tototroandmei's address and hope to post it out early next week.
Journal Entry 36
from not specified, not specified not specified on Monday, June 26, 2006
Many apologies for the posting delay - work's been crazy recently and only managed to get to the post office today! But it's on its way to Totoroandmei now! Many thanks for sharing...
Thanks so much! With the railway to Tibet just started I have been thinking about the people, culture and my travels there. The book has come at perfect timing. I can't wait to read it!
Thanks for sharing aeonblue. This is an amazing story and gave me a better idea about the people, culture and customs. When traveling, I always wonder about people's "stories" and I was so curious in Tibet and only wished that I had the means to communicate with the people.
Sending to Meganh tomorrow
Wow, what a well travelled book. This arrived in the mail last night - I feel honoured to be part of this very international bookring which has been highly acclaimed by most of the readers.
This book was written in a very easy to read style. I read it in one lazy day in front of the fire. A remarkable story of love and endurance. The years that Wen spent with the nomadic Tibetan family were very interesting but I was a little perplexed that she took so long to learn any of their language. What an amzing family they were for treating her as one of their own for all those years! I only wish I knew if she found her sister and parents again.
This will be off to c-a-m next.
Received today - I have two others to read before this one but will get to it asap...
Wow! As everyone else has said, an amazing book. I have read many many books about China and Tibet and this does ring true, but some photos would have helped...
Posted to crimson-tide today...
Received today - thanks to all thus far.
Number three on the stack I think.
Such an incredibly story. Simply but beautifully told, so as not to distract from the essence of Wen's words. It seems to me that Wen had a number of the Tibetan Buddhist qualities - patience, dedication and perseverance - even before she reached Tibet. I wonder if she remained in China, or went back to the Tibetan plateau eventually. I hope she went back.
Off to Tiddley on Monday.
Picked up today at the Brisbane monthly meetup. froggirlwendy asked to be skipped so have sent c-a-m a PM. c-a-m also asked to be skipped for now.
A touching story of love and devotion. It is hard to imagine spending so many years living such a spartan existance in search of your lost love. Passing this book to Ribit today.
Just a quick note to say that the book has passed fleetingly through my hands when it was on it way to frangipani08, and I must thank eveyone for adding such beautiful stamps to the envelope in the book - they will be very very much appreciated by a friend's daughter who collects stamps.
It looks like the book will continue its journey back overseas as soon as it's finished with the local Brisbane readers, so if you know anyone else who would like to read the book - let me know!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, an example of true love and devotion which is rare, and an insight to Tibetan customs. thanks Aleonblue for this book ring, Passed to Frangipanni8 at meetup.
The book's made its way back to me (temporarily) and I'm going to read it again quickly before it heads over the Ireland to continue to bookring.
I've had a quick reread of the book and loved it again.
I'm sending the book on a little journey to Canberra with a friend from work over Christmas when she can read it at her leisure.
It arrived today Yay! I'll get started on it straight away. Thanks for sharing :o)
Loved this book. I've nothing to add to what already has been said. I found it both heartbreaking & heartwarming. My thoughts will be with Shu Wen for a long time to come.
I've PMed skribble, hope to send this book off to them by the end of the week.
Thanks so much for sharing!
So sorry about the delay. I had problems the PM's! The book is on it's way to the UK now.
It's here safely with me, sorry if I caused a hold-up. I received and replied twice to mirp, but I'm guessing only the second got through.
Will get on to reading it asap...
A beautiful story - thanks for sharing. I loved the descriptions of daily life with the nomadic family.
Am sending it on to Joanazinha today.
I received this book today. Looks like a nice read! Will comment on it later.
I just finished this book. What a lovely, heartbreaking story of Shu Wen, but also of Zhuoma and Tiananmen. I especially loved the insight in local Tibetan life; it's a part of the world I knew nothing about.
Thank you aleonblue for sending this beautiful book around the world.
Barbieq233 and azuki let me know they have found their own copy of the book; I'm going to mail this book to the next person as soon as I have an address.
In the mail to Thursday5 today. Happy reading!
The book arrived in the US safely. What a lovely treat is was to find this book in my mailbox after a busy day. I enoyed reading about all it's travels and look forward to reading it myself. Thank you Joanazinha for sending it.
This book made me cry-what a sad but beautiful story. I enjoyed the glimpse into Tibet and China in that time period.
I will PM rhythmbiscuit and get it sent out as soon as I get the address.
Thank you! This book arrived recently. I plan to take it with me on vacation and journal it once I have finished.
Picture of Tibetan countryside courtesy of my mom.
Wow! This book has made an amazing journey of its own. Xinran says how she wants Shu Wen's story to be told around the world, and she hopes that someday Shu Wen sees the book and contacts her. It's neat that we have been part of the story's journey. I happen to be in Greece as I write this journal, so the book has traveled on an unexpected leg.
Like many of you, I was moved by Shu Wen's amazing tale, and at times it seemed like a work of fiction because people were miraculously found who were lost. I was astounded at how Shu Wen continued to search after decades; time seems to move very slowly in Tibet, especially in the remote regions where the nomads live. I tried to put myself in Wen's place and to imagine the patience and tenacity that life must have required.
I thought this was a beautiful story, one that will stick with me for a long time. I too hope that Wen found her sister.
I will contact the next person on the list.
Journal Entry 63
Fellow Bookcrosser in Bookring to next reader, --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Released 11 yrs ago (6/12/2007 UTC) at Fellow Bookcrosser in Bookring to next reader, --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases
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I mailed this book to Joanthro today. Enjoy!
The pictures you see are from my mom's trip to Tibet in August 2005. This one is of Lhasa.
The book arrived safely in Denver yesterday. Thanks Andrea for the beautiful postcard!
As many have said before, this was a haunting story, very beautifully written, but unsettling for me. I was struck by Shu Wen's devotion and the kindness of the people who helped her, but if true, I was also struck by how powerless she was in her life. Sure, she chose to look for her husband, but it seemed that her entire life was waiting for some guy to help her to the next part of her life. (This includes her husband who helped her through med school.) Only at the end did she seem to be making her own decisions. If this was a metaphor for women's lives in China during the years covered in the book, I think it was powerful and ultimately more true than the story told.
I pm'd legbamel twice and had no response. Then I reviewed the guidelines for this ring (whoops!) and moved the book along to the next person in line. Thanks so much aleonblue, for making this book available! An excellent and thought-provoking read.
Mailed to bartonz earlier today. (delivery confirmation #0306 0320 0003 2056 1634)
I received it and it was such a quick read, I am finished. I''ll reserve it for legbamel and send it when I get their address. This is a profoundly beautiful tale of love, endurance hope and loss.
after many unsuccessful attempts to contact legbamel, I got the address for the next person - UnwrittenLibra and sent it on its way.
Received the book safely yesterday here in Massachusetts. Hopefully I'll get to it soon...this is the 2nd bookring I have right now, so it might not be as quick as expected, but I'll do my best to get it read!
Fiction or not (I can't tell), this is an outstanding book. Shu Wen is a very sympathetic character, and what she went through is incredible. The line between fact and fiction is blurred wonderfully, creating a very surreal world out of a true-life conflict between Tibet and China.
I finished it two days ago and will send it off to Tanamo in the UK sometime this week, whenever I can get to the PO!!!
Sent the book off to Tanamo yesterday. Go, book, go!
Safely received today and I will get to reading it as soon as I can. I've got 2 ring books in front of it.
Lovely book. I've pm'd the next participant for their address so I can get the book travelling again.
Received today !
I love Asian literature. I'm presently reading a really huge bookray (more than 900 pages!) but I will put it aside to read this bookring !
I'm glad to join this already well-traveled book \o/
Thanks to you all !
Happy BC :*
It's a wonderful book ! It's the epitome of Asian books : a simple writing, a few words to express so many emotions.
THANK YOU !
I'm really glad to be part of this bookring !
Arrived safely in Brussels, thanks to bilbi!
What an extraordinary and moving story!
On its way to Fifna. Happy reading!
Arrived safely today, thanks iliotropio!
A beautiful and heartbreaking story! There is not much more I can add really that hasn't already been said. I loved reading it, thank you for sharing, aleonblue! Just waiting for Wijntje's address and then it will continue its long journey.
Sent to Wijntje today, should reach her in a day or two.
Received! thanks Fifna :)
Unfortunatly I didn't found the time to read this book. I'm going to send it to the next in line.
This one popped in for a brief stay on my bookshelf before being summarily devoured and sent on.
First of all, sorry for keeping this one hostage for so long. I got stuck on the bookring in front of it which took for.....ever to read. I took this one on vacation with me and finished it up in Singapore.
I found the story fascinating and loved the book. I have read The Good Women of China and liked it, but this one was even better. I loved the description of Tibet and life there. Considering I live in the area (somewhat) and was traveling around the Orient while reading, I found it a wonderful addition to my experiences. Wen was a very brave woman, and I admire her for her fortitude in finding her husband. I don't know that I would be able to search for somebody for thirty years without losing hope like she did. And then, when we actually found out the story of her husband, I admired him even more. I think it is amazing how one person can affect the lives of so many.
An excellent read! I would recommend it to practically everyone. It should go out to the next reader as soon as I get an address.
Journal Entry 85
Post Office in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Postal Release -- Controlled Releases on Monday, June 23, 2008
Released 10 yrs ago (6/23/2008 UTC) at Post Office in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Postal Release -- Controlled Releases
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Mailing off to -Bodhi- as Carole888 asked to be skipped. Happy reading!
I received this today in a very exotic looking postpack all the way from India. I love getting exciting things in the mail. Yay for Bookcrossing! I just finished The Celestine Prophecy today so I will start reading this one tomorrow :)
I had actually forgotten signing up to this bookring so when I received the PM from arugh48187 I was pleasantly surprised, and when I had finished the book, immensely grateful that I had been given the opportunity to read this incredible fictionalized account of a true story. Thank you to aleonblue for offering it up and for all the lovely bookcrossers who kept it going until it reached my hands. I'm not sure if c-a-m wants to be skipped so I will PM them and then I think the book has reached the end of its adventures on this bookring!
This little book has returned home again for a 2nd time after travelling around world twice and being read by 37 different people - and it's in remarkable good condition! Thanks to all for taking part in the bookring and thanks to Bodhi for the lovley little notepad that accompanied it home. I'm going to add it to the little library next to me at work - it's already been read by a few workmates already, so may find some more readers here.
Have moved jobs and more new readers of this book from my "new work diary"
Spoke to the author last year at a book launch of a new book and she said that she's heard of lots more women with similar stories to Shu Wen....
The book is still on the move - no one who will journal it - but more appreciative colleagues - glad this book is being enjoyed so much by so many people...
Journal Entry 91
Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Sunday, September 05, 2010
Sadly this well-travelled little books appears to be lost - but then again, that's what BookCrossing is all about! Lent to a colleague, but it was relent and that person has left the organisation.
Hope it continues on it's travels....
I'll be looking for another copy to keep in my PC and re-read again later.