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Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan Paperback – May 1, 2000
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Her tales of the school children in the village of Pema Gatshel are both amusing & heartwarming. This is a society where children revere their teachers. Jamies acknoledges that that these children have taught her a lot more than she was able to teach them.
A must for anyone with an interest in Bhutan, the Himalayan region, Buddhism & teaching in a foreign country.
A friend of mine was in the Peace Corp and until about a year ago lived on a remote island in Micronesia. While I wrote to her often, it was hard for me to really understand what it would be like to live in a culture so different from one's own. Her correspondence revealed changing attitudes about the culture she was now a part of, her own cultural background, and the way she viewed herself. While reading this book, I felt I could better understand the feelings and attitudes my friend wrote to me about from Micronesia. I think this book would be very helpful for anyone with friends or family living or working in similar situations. I would think it would also interest people who are living overseas submersed in another culture.
As someone who has never lived or spent a great deal of time outside the United States, I felt that I could identify with the author. I appreciated her honesty and ability to convey her feelings and emotions, as well as effectively describe a place totally unfamiliar to me. I would suggest it to anyone!
Th Situation that Jamie talks about, for em, forms the cornerstone of the book because the situation has transformed the lives of so many Jamie knew. It was somewhat disappointing that she did not talk about it in detail but it was impossible to do so. If she had, we would not have had this book, probably. May be Jamie should come out with another book that tells the story of the people she knew while this book has told of her own experience.
Jamie, wherever you are, thanks for being honest and not taking sides while painting life as it was in Bhutan and letting so many special people and special cultural aspects live in your book. You have preserved the Bhutan that was in your book...unfortunately it no longer exists even though the government and western visitors pretend that it does. Please Keep writing.
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I read this book after living in Bhutan for four months and it was wonderful to revisit the country through Jamie's eyes.Published 1 month ago by tess kelley
From the very first chapter I was transported back to the mountains, valleys and vistas of Bhutan. I could see the rutted roads, the ethnic clothing, the beautiful dzongs, prayer... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sheryl Lynne Pate
I enjoyed learning about the little known country of Bhutan. The author did a great job describing the landscapes and people.Published 4 months ago by c.kay
Read in anticipation of an upcoming trip to Bhutan. What I thought would be a travelogue was actually so much more - an examination of Buddhism, Western vs Eastern ideas of ideals... Read morePublished 4 months ago by desmd
To peer into another culture and live there comfortably from the first page to the last is Jamie Zeppa's gift to us. I did not want this book to end.Published 5 months ago by L. Bellg
I'm interested in travel in Bhutan. This is not a travel book, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading of the author's experiences as a teacher several decades ago, in a remote country... Read morePublished 5 months ago by lightvision
Describing the beauty of Bhutan and her gradual immersion in to its society, Jamie shares her beautiful story in a way that captures the reader. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marjorie M. Hahn
Recommended for anyone that might need a little vicarious living in Bhutan. Great for the adventurer at heart that is short on time to travelPublished 8 months ago by Gwenn A Eccleston