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Among Warriors: A Woman Martial Artist in Tibet.

Pamela Logan.

Published by Random House: Vintage Departures, New York, NY, 1996
ISBN 10: 0375700765 / ISBN 13: 9780375700767
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Title: Among Warriors: A Woman Martial Artist in ...

Publisher: Random House: Vintage Departures, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Paperback

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Edition: First Ed Thus; First Printing indicated.


INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY AUTHOR. First Ed Thus; First Printing indicated. Very Good+ in Wraps: shows indications of very careful use: just a touch of wear to extremities; mild rubbing to wrapper coversand a very faint crease across the lower rear panel; the backstrip shows a barely discernible crease and the binding shows some lean, but remains perfectly secure; text clean. Remains clean, sturdy, presentable. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 298pp. Trade Paperback. In "Among Warriors - A Martial Artist in Tibet", Pamela Logan frankly relates her travel experiences, documenting the emotional and physical challenges she faced. She courageously reveals the beginning steps of her growing understanding and appreciation for the Buddhist faith as she searches for the elusive warriors of Kham; none of the typical travel writer's pretence at omnipotence here - Logan is open to what the experience brings her and we are fortunate to share vicariously in her journey. In addition, she faithfully and vividly describes a relatively unknown part of the world. There was never a dull page or unnecessary word, much like the movements of the kata. She takes us all on the journey, and how fortunate are we to be along for the ride. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY AUTHOR. Bookseller Inventory # 42029

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Synopsis: In the fortress that is Tibet no place is more remote than the province of Kham and no people more elusive than the Khampa, the fierce horsemen who for twenty-five years waged a relentless guerrilla war against the Chinese occupation. In Among Warriors, a different kind of warrior sets out to find the Khampa: Pamela Logan, an American with a Ph.D. in aerospace science, and a third-degree black belt in karate. Logan cycles, hitchhikes, and treks across the windswept plateaus and icy mountain passes of eastern Tibet. She drinks tea with monks and herdsmen, dodges Chinese police, and watches in awe as religious pilgrims inch their way toward Lhasa by prostrating themselves at every body length. Writing with vast sensory power and sympathy, Logan produces a gem that will captivate those interested in Buddhism, the martial arts, and one of the world's last inaccessible regions.

"[Logan] writes of getting to Lhasa with all the wistfulness of Chekhov's three sisters dreaming of Moscow."--New York Times Book Review

Review: Chasing elusive chimeras is familiar territory for many exotic travel books. Take Pamela Logan: an overeducated, third-degree karate black belt who landed a grant to crisscross China and Tibet in search of a route into the forbidden province of Kham. In that stony, mountainous terrain live the Khampa, horsemen renowned for bitter guerrilla battles against the Chinese army that annexed Tibet.

An extremely hardy soul, Logan bicycles though high snowy passes, hitchhikes across barren reaches broken by few settlements, stumbles through driving rain with Buddhist pilgrims, befriends orange-robed monks, and treks along slick ice pathways hung over precipitous drops in eastern Tibet. En route, she ponders the discipline of karate and swallows gallons of yak butter tea. The dialogue she recreates is stiff but fresh; vivid phrasing beautifully renders the people, the landscape, and her own evolution. --Francesca Coltrera

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