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The Magician of Lhasa
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Then through a series of conversations, the teacher explains the correct perspective on issues troubling the young hero. These conversations are universal in their appeal and would benefit anyone reading the books. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand & apply Buddhist thought to their daily lives. Congratulation for having written a very very special book.
"I loved The Magician of Lhasa. Seldom does a book move me to the point that immediately upon completing it, I write to the author to thank him or her for sharing the gift of their storytelling. I tend to choose books that are more difficult to read, as I always enjoy a literary challenge. This book was a pleasurable read. It reached me in places not many other books have.
David Michie combines spirituality and science seamlessly. I enjoyed the way he moved between time, place and space. I followed him back and forth through Tibet, London, California and India, through different time-periods but never for a moment felt what was happening to the characters was too vast or too distant for me to touch, smell and feel. He took me along with him and I felt completely at home in each time, place and space. The story he has weaved - the people you grow to feel for are so real - I wanted it to not be fiction.
There were sections of the book when I felt as if the Dharma was personally spoken just to me. And I literally found myself weeping with joy.
Read The Magician of Lhasa ... you will not be disappointed."
I believe wholeheartedly they, Trapdoor Books being the "they", have truly broken the mold with this book. Not only is the idea fresh, but it's fiction, not a manual on Buddhism or meditation. Maybe I am just not as aware, but I believe there aren't many "Buddhist" themed fictional works out there, and if I'm wrong point me in the right direction.
That being said, I haven't sat down and read a book this quickly in a while. The story is laid out in two separate tales, each running concurrently, it seems at first, throughout the book. The first story introduces us to a young and upcoming nano-technology scientist named Matt Lester. Matt's claim to fame is a project titled Nanobot, which sparks interest from an overseas investor who is willing to move Matt, and his girlfriend, to the US to broaden the horizon of the project. After much chagrin he is able to convince said girlfriend to move away from her family and trust in his and her own career. The future is bright, or so it seems...
The second storyline transports us to 1959 during the Red Army invasion of Tibet. We are acquainted to Tenzin Dorje, a young and novice Tibetan monk. After news reaches his monastery, his Lama sets in motion a plan that the monks in the monastery had been fearing, yet planning for, many years ahead of the invasion.Read more ›
This book has double story lines, one set in Tibet in 1959 (during the Chinese invasion) and another in 2007 in London and LA. The Tibet story concerns the efforts of a lama and his two young students to smuggle some precious ancient Buddhist texts out of Tibet to save them from destruction by the Chinese soldiers. The modern story follows a young couple as they relocate in LA from London when the man accepts a fabulous job offer from a tech company. Inevitably and preposterously the two story lines of course intersect. Multiple story lines seem to have become a fad of our times and many writers employ it as if it were the 11th commandment. In the context of the overall story in this book however, the structure seemed appropriate.
Between the two, I didn't find the modern (Matt and Isabella) story line all that interesting. On top of that (or maybe because) the characters came across as both banal and insincere. I also felt there was a lot of extra padding stuffed in there for no apparent reason other than to add more pages to the manuscript (so that it approached the magical 300). For the record, the quantum physics related passages are very few and uninformative and if the writer really wanted to make a claim about parallels between the explanations of quantum physics and the Dharma, I'm not sure why his protagonist had to work in nanotechnology instead..Read more ›
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This was a very nice book. I have read a number of books by David Michie and I very much like his personable style of writing that takes you right into the characters and... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Susan L. Carrier
Nail biting book. Couldn't put it down. I want to read more! Hope to see a part 2. Highly recommend.Published 4 months ago by Doctor Marple
very engaging...loved the characters...loved the style.....I was sorry it ended...entertaining and possibly life changingPublished 5 months ago by S. G.
This man, student, husband, author and sentient being has been given a gift, a means by which to bring The Path to millions who might otherwise have never known it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Barbara Peschl
My sister recommended this book to me. Very Good read. I especially like the Buddhist teachings woven into the story.Published 7 months ago by Carolyn Tabor