Demonstrates in full detail the human tragedy of Maoist rule in a land whose tradition it despised and tried to destroy.
A welcome and informative addition on this little-understood and highly polemicized subject.
(George Fitzherbert Times Literary Supplement
This book provides an important piece of the puzzle for those seeking to understand the experience of ordinary Tibetans since 1959.
(Rick Carew Far Eastern Economic Review
evocatively written and beautifully translated
(China Review International
A powerful indictment of the physical and psychological exploitation of the Tibetan people and natural environment in the service of building a "new" China.
(Benno Ryan Weiner The Journal of Asian Studies
A tremendously moving and important document. Tubten Khétsun modestly claims that his is not a tale of greatness, heroism, nor historical significance but the story of an ordinary Tibetan who lived a life of 'animal servitude' under Communist Chinese rule. Yet the straightforward, rancor-free recounting of the banal details of 'normal' life in occupied Tibet gives this work the kind of compelling verisimilitude of Solzhynitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.
(Jamyang Norbu, author of Warriors of Tibet: The Story of Aten and the Khampas' Fight for the Freedom of Their Country