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Onastery where hill people have gathered for a celebration of the Dalai "Lama s birthday Local herders bring in a body of one of " s birthday Local herders bring in a body of one of own and claim that he was murdered by godkillers Then Surya a monk who is a talented artist and an old friend of Gendun s appears covered in blood and announces that he has killed a man and that therefore he is No a monk No a human Confusion eigns and the ensuing investigation brings Shan s old nemesis and savior Colonel *Tan Into The Picture Before *into the picture Before each the Nomadische Lebenswelten Und Zarische Politik: Der Aufstand In Zentralasien 1916 resolution of the mystery murders will beevealed and will occur one of them in far away Seattle And the source of all this evil will be The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of Rumpelstiltskin revealed to be greed for the possession of art and the theft of the uniue art from some of those aforementioned decorated caves Shan finds himself teamed with an FBI agent named Corbett in trying to solve the crimes and bring a little justice to both their worldsOne other spanner thrown into the works here is the introduction of Shan s son Ko whom he had not seen since he was a small child He is now a young man of nineteen and a criminal sent to work coal mines in Tibet Shan is promised an opportunity to meet him if he will aid the investigation but when he does meet him he seems to be a cruel sociopath with noedeeming ualities More pain for a father who has already borne so much pain In the end things are if not totally The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog's Life Quality and Longevity resolved at least moved forward and yes a kind ofough justice is achieved The ending between Shan and his son is actually uite movingThe character of Shan is a sympathetic one and Colonel Tan is intriguing and so I do find myself caring almost against my will about what happens in these books In the past I have given the author a pass on the confusion of his plots putting it down to my unfamiliarity with the philosophy of Buddhism but that pass has expired I No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History read books all the time about cultures I m not familiar with and have no problem understanding them when they are clearly written Obfuscationather than enlightenment though seems to be the aim of Pattison in this series and that is annoying The other possibility is that he s just not a very good writer I have a theory the first of these novels has a lower average Close to the Land: The Way We Lived in North Carolina, 1820-1870 rating than the later ones Not I think because it s worse than the others but because while many may pick up the first book of this series only the ones who like the first book stick with it I know I know but did I say it was a groundbreaking theory And youeally should Berlayar di Pamor Badik read these books in theight order And I think if you love this series you Marked as a mystery Beautiful Ghosts does have some sort of mystery but the other parts of the plot the setting and the characters are so convoluted and twisted that the murder and the theft got lost at least in my brain Nonetheless I enjoyed it Knowing little about Tibet and aware of the protests that have accompanied the Beijing Olympics torch L. Munatius Plancus relay I was especially interested in that setting and the culture It s another world from mine almost likeeading one of Ursula LeGuin s worlds The book also sent me back to Lost Horizon James Hilton s 1933 novel that originally mythologized this distant place for westerners Description In an earlier time Shan Tao Yun was an Inspector stationed in Beijing But he lost his position his family and his freedom when he Münchhausen's Pigtail, or Psychotherapy Reality ran afoul of a powerful figure high in the Chinese government Released unofficially from the work camp to which he d been sentenced Shan has been living inemote mountains of Tibet with a group of outlawed Buddhist monks Without status official identity or. Former home in Beijing he's lived with the forbidden lamas for the past year But now there's apparently been a murder in a uined monastery and the very officials who exiled Shan are after his help In a baf. .
The freedom to The Pink Pearl return to his former home in Beijing Shan finds himself in the midst of a baffling series of events During a ceremony meant toededicate an ancient and long destroyed monastery Shan stumbles across evidence of a Migrant Resistance in Contemporary Europe recent murder in theuins Now Shan is being torn between some officials who want his help to search the uins while others want him to disappear back into the mountains with one group holding out the tantalizing prospect of once again seeing *the son from whom Shan has been separated for many years In a baffling situation where nothing is what it appears *son from whom Shan has been separated for many years In a baffling situation where nothing is what it appears be where the FBI high anking Beijing officials the long hidden monks and the almost forgotten history of the Fairy Tales are True: Silent Reach from the Dunes to the Khumba Mela region all pull him in different directions Shan finds his devotion to the truth sorely tested Traveling from Tibet to Beijing to the US he must find the links between murder on two continents a high profile art theft and an enigmatic long missing figure from history5 The Skull Mantra Inspector Shan 1 5 Water Touching Stone Inspector Shan 2 5 Bone Mountain Inspector Shan 3 5 Beautiful Ghosts Inspector Shan 4 Bettie s Books This is the second Inspector Shan book that I haveead and I am hooked on this series Inspector Shan is a disgraced former Beijing Inspector who lives without stats or official identity with forbidden llamas in Tibet He is told by Chinese officials to investigate a murder in a Galaxies in the Universe: An Introduction remote monastery site and the investigation uickly leads him to the world of Buddhist art as essential to teaching theeligion and way of life Shan must carry out his work while continually aware of the tensions between his assigned job the needs of the Tibetan people and his own tenuous life without official status Pattison writes very well and the story moves along intriguingly His characters are highly developed without the use of cliches His book is infused with the effect of the invasion and occupation of Chinese forces into Tibet on the people and culture of that country I usually don t care to Dying to Be Ill: True Stories of Medical Deception read detailed descriptions of settings other than what s needed to place the characters and story in a mystery Pattison weaves descriptions of locations and Buddhist artworks into the story beautifully and without them Beautiful Ghosts wouldn t be the book that it is This very very goodead makes me want to learn about Tibet it s people and Buddhism as well as to Octavio's Journey read all of the Inspector Shan series An Inspector Shan mystery set in TibetIt starts off in the same muddled and confusing way that Iemember from The Skull Mantra but it improves the 2nd half of the book is well plotted and tense the ending is very movingThe story involves art theft and the looting of ancient places in Tibet an ancient uined monastery a Chinese emperor and his nephew of than 200 years ago and most intriguing Shan s son who he has not seen since he was a small boyI was interested in the mudras Which Are Symbolic Gestures Made By Arranging are symbolic gestures made by arranging hands and fingers in prescribed patterns to epresent a specific prayer offering or state of mind This seems so simple but powerful a way for the Tibetans to hold on to who they are The fourth in the series of Inspector Shan mysteries by Pattison was good but seemed contrived to me than some of the others in the series As usual I enjoyed being transported to the borderlands between China and Tibet and swept up into the crazy intrigues of competing factions of the policemilitaryprison system this time aided by Westerners with their own interests as there is a Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story race to find old artifacts after so many years of destruction. Fling case involving the FBI Chinese Ministers and Britishelief workers Shan travels from Tibet to Beijing to the U S to find the links between murder missing art his former gulag and his own long unseen ,
Ever had a book that ended so perfectly that you were moved to tears Read this one and you can add it to your short list This is the fourth in the series where Shan the Han from Beijing who was sent to the Gulag in Tibet because he was too honest helps his Tibetan Buddhist monk mentors Lokesh and Gendlun The usual plot comes forth there is a misguided American who is converted to the peace *of wonders of Buddhism Corbett the artist FBI man an official *wonders of Buddhism Corbett the artist FBI man an official the Chinese government who is criminal and corrupt in this case Ming stealing art and a Chinese official who is a good socialist mean at first but honest in the end Yao There is the turgid progression where everyone finds preposterously elaborate Buddhist temples in caves with iches and traveling around doing nothing But I always care about Shan and delight in the worldview of the Buddhist joy of present time I love the poems he writes to his dead father and burns to heavens Yet another marvelous excursion by Pattison into the world of Tibetan Religion Chinese oppression and Western Indifference This particular foray into the evolving world of Comrade Shan Confronts Tibetan Shan confronts Tibetan and the avaricious nature of collectors indifferent to the meaning and importance of the art Once again Pattison astounds with his understanding and sympathy to Buddhism and Tibet as well as his keen insights into the warped vision of totalitarian states By "now the pattern of the plots of these Inspector Shan mysteries is well established We ve got the official " the pattern of the plots of these Inspector Shan mysteries is well established We ve got the official Beijing who is corrupt and criminal who will stop at nothing to achieve his aims We ve got the Chinese official who is the good socialist who initially appears to be an enemy of Inspector Shan but in the end proves to be an honest ally We have the misguided American who during the course of the book is converted to the wisdom and peace of Buddhism And of course we have Shan the former inspector from Beijing who lost everything when he an afoul of a powerful figure in the Chinese government and was sent to a work camp in Tibet which proved to be his spiritual salvation And we have Tan who in my opinion is one of the most interesting characters in these books He was the official in charge of the work camp that Shan was assigned to and it was he who authorized Shan s unofficial Organizing Power release after the prisoner helped him solve a mystery at the camp Moreover in this book we have aepetition of the action of the previous novels in that Shan and his two Buddhist teachers Gendun and Lokesh accompany an expedition on a turgid progression through caves and tunnels in the mountains of Tibet Those caves and tunnels are filled with the most preposterously elaborate Buddhist temples and treasures that are guarded by secret groups of the faithful who manage to keep Buddhism alive in the face of the strong opposition of the Chinese government These travels continue endlessly almost literally it seems and nothing much ever happens except that old Tibetans freuently give small cries of delight or groans of despair and knowing glances are passed Bipedal, By Pedal: Confidential Mad Libs routinely among those in the know If I had a dollar for every time an old Tibetan or an old lama cries or groans in this book I could probably go to dinner and a movie Really the whole thing gets extremely tedious after a whileThe first half of the book seemed utterly muddled and confusing to me but it improved in the second half once the mystery part of the novel actually got under way The writing seemed at least marginally sharper and better plottedThe mystery begins at the ancientuins of the Zhoka Disgraced former Beijing Inspector Shan Tao Yun has been living in the Lost Treasure remote mountains of Tibet since his unofficialelease from a work camp Without status official identity or the freedom to Victorian Fashions: A Pictorial Archive, 965 Illustrations return to his.