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Review: Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet by Xinran Xue

by Ann-Katrina

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Back Cover of Sky Burial

As a young girl in China Xinran heard a rumour about a soldier in Tibet who had been brutally fed to the vultures in a ritural known as a sky burial: the tale frightened and fascinated her. Several decades later Xinran met Shu Wen, a Chinese woman who had spent years searching for her missing husband Kejun, after he disappeared in Tibet; her extraordinary life story would unravel the legend of the sky burial. For thirty years she was lost in the wild and alien landscape of Tibet, in the vast and silent plateaux and the magisterial mountain ranges, living with communities of nomads, moving with the seasons and struggling to survive.

In this haunting book, Xinran recreates Shu Wen’s remarkable journey in a grand story of love, loss, loyalty and survival. Moving, shocking and finally enriching, Sky Burial paints a unique portrait of a woman and a land, both at the mercy of fate and politics.

Three Quick Points About Sky Burial

  • Point 1: There is a 99% chance that you will need a box of tissues nearby.
  • Point 2: You will almost certainly be left wondering whether or not such profound and enduring love can even exist in our generation.
  • Point 3: The story of Shu Wen will likely haunt you long after you’ve read the final sentence.

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