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The Dream of the Turquoise Bee: A Mystery Set in Tibet Paperback – September 29, 2012
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In 1959 Erzebet a young woman living in France is informed that her husband a photojournalist has died while traveling in Tibet. We join her on her journey into finding out how he died as she works to make a meaningful life for herself and her child. Art, botanical art, becomes her means to reenter the world after her husband's death and expands her world in amazing ways.
We are provided glorious descriptions of botanical illustration and the beauty of Tibetan countryside while reading of the tyranny of the Chinese government. Based in Tibet and France it is a love story that exposes the oppression of the Tibetan people by the Chinese government during the past half-decade. At the same time it highlights the resiliency of a village of people who long for their freedom and risk much to protect what they deem valuable. This is a book I will read again and again.
Aigaki's writing shows an intimate understanding of the places, the people, the relationships and the cultural beliefs in communities on the high Tibetan Plateau. While we enjoy the intense story line we also gain a deeper understanding and connectedness to the whole story; especially the parts that extent into authentic history. Aigaki's story works at many different levels. Its mystery surprises us many times. Its descriptions attract attention to the Tibetan cause without hammering us over the head about the classic themes of human rights abuse and Tibetan independence. It is personal stories of the Tibetan people based on Aigaki's engagement with them. The book's excellence demonstrates for us her commitment to the Tibetan people.