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The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes Paperback – January 9, 2003

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"A total success ... If you are a fan of the detective, you must read it." -- Daily Express "'The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes' is a witty fast-paced piece of entertainment of which Arthur Conan Doyle might have been proud." -- Times Literary Supplement 'This book is brilliant... If you are a fan of the detective, you must read it' -- Daily Express --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jamyang Norbu is one of Tibet's foremost writers at work today. He is a director of the Amnye Machen Institute, Tibetan Center for Advanced Studies, Dharamsala. He is the author of several books, five plays, numerous pamphlets, and a traditional opera libretto. He is also the winner of the Crossword Award for English Fiction, 2000, India's equivalent of the Booker Prize for The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes .

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (January 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582343284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582343280
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is quite a different take on Holmes. The writing style, the atmosphere, the characters and the scenery are very good, and some parts of the plot have been cunningly devised to provide better explanations for post-Richenbach Sherlockiana.
I understand why some people did not like this book, despite the excellent writing; the end of the book weaves Holmes' rationality with the occult and the mystical. Reading this book was a special experience for me; it does add a layer to Holmes' already complex nature, which may be challenging to reconcile with the image we know so well from Conan-Doyle's works. But if you're open enough to absorb different takes on our hero, you'll enjoy this immensely, as have I.
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When you buy this book, make sure you have a free evening or weekend in front of you. Once started you cannot stop. The book demonstrates how the world is shrinking. Who would have imagined that a Tibetan would be able to write, perfectly, a book in the style of Conan Doyle. It is so realistic that I started to wonder if it was indeed a late discovered manuscript. Even though nothing is sacrificed for the excitement of the story the books imparts useful and interesting information about Buddhism, Shambala, the Dalai Lama, Tibet and its occupation by China. The story is an excellent script for a movie. It will rival the James Bond movies for excitement but with a serious twist.
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Sure this is pastiche But it is crafted with care. The author shows great care in trying to give a good 19th century feel to his story. The fact that he brings Tibetan philosophy into his plot line should not be that much of a shock. I grew up on Sax Rohmer[Arthur Henry Ward], T. Lobsang Rampa[Cyril Hoskins], & Joan Grant "far memory" books. I love the Doyle canon but even Doyle was fallible. I enjoyed this book very much, in fact I hope the author writes another. FYI there is a glossary at the back of the book.
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So long as you don't allow yourself to be tricked into buying the same book twice (yes, Virginia, Sherlock Holmes: The Missing Years is the same book!!) you are in for a treat. This author captures Holmes as Holmes would have been--still the world's greatest detective. Disguise, aliases, locations, all these meant nothing to the man behind the magnifying glass. The Fu Manchu like attack with the leech in the lamp--brilliant! I can't say enough good things about this book except Jamyang Norbu, don't make it your last! Definately five Sherlock stars! Quoth the Raven...
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Most people who know a little about Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series know that at one point Doyle got sick of the detective series and killed off his star character, only to be forced into "resurrecting" him after a two year absence. Here, in one of the many, many, many, modern takes on the Holmes series, eminent Tibetan author Norbu details Holmes adventures incognito in India and Tibet during those two years. The role of Dr. Watson (both as bumbling sidekick and chronicler) is here assumed by Hurree Chandar Mookerjee, a Bengali spy lifted from yet another work of fiction, Rudyard Kipling's "Kim" (and just to be totally clear, he was based on a real Indian who spied for the British!). The adventures initially consist of a plot by the henchmen of Holmes' now-dead nemesis, Moriarity, to avenge their leader's death. Holmes ends up hiding out and getting the notion to make a pilgrimage to Lhasa to meet the Dalai Lama-something strictly forbidden for Westerners. This leads to the second main adventure, which involves helping the young 13th Dalai Lama (a man critical to real-life modern Tibetan history) evade the deadly machinations of the powerful Manchu Imperial agents in Lhasa.
Norbu should first and foremost be commended for being able to almost perfectly capture the correct period speech for each character (there is a lengthy glossary at the back for all the Hinustani phrases and period slang). I say" almost" because I found Hurree's speech to be just a little too over the top, even for the type of educated servant of the Empire he is-it's just a shade too forced at times. Norbu has also captured the period perfectly and manages to seamlessly insert his own agenda by portraying early Chinese imperialism in Tibet.
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Despite the shallow reviews you may have read, this is an excellent book, not only for Holmes fans but for people interested in colonialism and Tibet's struggle against China and India's struggle for freedom for England. Yes, this book is more about the issues of Tibet's struggle to find its way through the minefields of British and Chinese imperialism than it is about ratiocination. The narrator alone is worth the money and time, and with some magical realism thrown in for a truly Tibetan reading experience, this amounts to a book many will find very interesting. Not everyone, obviously, but perhaps you? I loved it!
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This is a very entertaining and well written tale of Sherlock Holmes' adventures in Tibet. The only thing I must warn the purist Holmes fan of is that it includes strong elements of the supernatural. I'm not a purist so it doesn't bother me that much. The only real flaw in the story is a rather convoluted pair of plot twists toward the end. The proof reader should be fired because of the numerous spelling errors in the Kindle version. I've noticed there are often spelling errors in Kindle books but these amount to one every 10-20 pages or so. In this book they occur 2-3 times per page. Yes, the author peppers the book liberally with Hindu, Chinese, Tibetan, Arabic, Latin words and phrases. He even uses Victorian versions of the same ("Thibet" instead of "Tibet"). So I guess the proof reader decided to take a nap rather than do his job.
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