Thriller - When his brother is mysteriously lost in Tibet, Charles Houston leaves London to find him. His search takes him to India and Sikkim, through a succession of exotic locales, and finally to Tibet, where Houston falls in love with Mei-Hua, the abbess of the monastery of Yamdring. Lionel Davidson's novel, set during the communist Chinese invasion of Tibet, is the story of a man who is forced against his will into a desperate fight for his life.
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Reissued in paperback, a thriller about a man who goes to Tibet to search for his missing brother. He arrives at a monastery and finds himself caught up in the struggle between the abbess, a she-devil in her 18th incarnation, and the invaders of her kingdom. From the author of THE NIGHT OF WENCESLAS.Review:
Thrilling ... a perilous journey across Tibet in search of a missing brother. (Jake Kerridge Telegraph)
This tale of a quest for treasure from India to Tibet should ... have been a Harrison Ford film. (Christopher Fowler Independent)
Like all accounts of wild and dangerous encounters with extreme cold, pain and fear, it intensifies the comfort and cosiness of an armchair in a warm, softly-lit room in a peaceful and ordered land ... An astonishing work of imagination. (Peter Hitchens)
Is Lionel Davidson today's Rider Haggard? His novel has all the excitement of She and King Solomon's Mines. (Daphne du Maurier)
A first-class piece of storytelling, well-plotted, convincing, suspenseful. ( Sunday Telegraph)
[W]ritten with elegance, intelligence and wit ... The Rose of Tibet, if it is to be classified, is an adventure thriller, peppered with history, religion and politics. Its hero, Charles Houston, a failed artist bored with being an art teacher, sets out to find his brother Hugh, last heard of travelling with a film crew in Tibet. It is late 1949, shortly before communist China's invasion of the Buddhist state ... Most of the book's riveting atmospheric action is filled by Houston's slow and troubled journey over the mountains to Yamdring, a town teeming with priestesses and monasteries, at one of which his brother was rumoured to be. He's constantly beset by illness, a propensity to drink, injury, exhaustion, terrible weather, inadequate maps, an unreliable horse and the young Ringling, an inexperienced local guide and translator ... His flight back to civilisation is as fraught as was his journey to Yamdring - and just as gripping ... Faber's reissue of Lionel Davidson's novels, which started last year with Kolymsky Heights, is very welcome. (Marcel Berlins The Times)
[A]nother fine example of Lionel Davidson's narrative mastery and a must-read. ( Daily Express)
[A]s compelling as it was 50 years ago ... The Rose of Tibet has lost none of its charm over the years and Davidson's depiction of Himalayas is one of the finest you'll ever encounter. ( Upcoming4.me)
Superb ... an account of human endurance pushed to (even beyond) its limits, interspersed with a heart-rending love story and more than a dash of mystifying mysticism and some fascinating facts about Tibet and the Chinese invasion. ( Shiny New Books)
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1977. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11014002137X
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