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In Water Touching Stone the seuel to the internationally acclaimed The Skull Mantra Shan Tao Yun is cloistered in a remote Tibetan sanctuary when he receives shattering news A teacher revered by the oppressed has been found slain a At our bookstore this is shelved under crime and yet I find myself hesitating to call it crime fiction Yes there is a murder there are several murders actually and there is crime and there is a detective but this was unlike any other piece of crime fiction I ever readAlthough it s the second in a series of novels about detective Shan this book was the first I read completely I started reading the first book a while ago and even though I liked it I didn t finish it and returned it But by that time I had already borrowed the second book from someone else and since it was sitting here I figured I might as well read itAnd I m really really glad I didShan Tao Yan a former Chinese bureaucrat who ended up being sent to a Himalayan labor camp is helping two of his Tibetan friends discover the truth about the disappearance of a teacher in the Xinjiang region The disappearance turns out to be a murder and it seems that after the teacher the students are in danger too But why was the teacher killed and why are the students being huntedIt s a very slow paced book and it does take a while to get going and by that I mean far than the usual 20 to 50 pages But that didn t make it any less compelling for me Shan and his traveling companions captured my attention right away and I wanted to spend as much time with them as possible During Shan s uest for truth we also get an impression for what it s like to be living under Chinese rule for the different people living in the region and many of the things that are described in this book are horrifying to say the least And we get an introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and its traditionsWhat I loved best about this book is the uiet beauty of Pattison s writing It s very calm and beautiful and because of its calm all the powerful It s difficult to describe but his writing moved me than anything I have read in a while The crime plot as such is well done and once it does get going the book is hard to put down There are a lot of seemingly unconnected crimes and leads in the beginning and I found myself asking where it would all lead until it suddenly all came together and made sense But the book would only be half as good if it weren t for the many minor characters we meet on Shan s journey each with their own backstory sometimes told only in one sentence It s a very sad book at times but there are also moments of hope in between which make the sadness bearable It s really a very beautiful book and one I am really glad to have read And I ve already ordered the one before and the one after that

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Nd one by one her orphaned students have followed her to her grave victims of a killer harboring unfathomable motives Abandoning his mountain hermitage Shan Tao Yun a former Beijing police inspector who has been exiled to Tibet emb One of the most amazing series of books I have ever readDon t let the fact it is a detective series dissuade you from reading themThis series gets to the heart of all that ishas been going on in TibetHistory hidden behind the label of a detective series these books speak of Tibet it s struggle againstthe invasion of China how the Chinese tried to wipe out Buddhism it s monks and a way of life that has existed for thousands of years This series will make your soul cry make your spirit soar and believe in the power of faith in a people whose courage rose above all the horrors that surrounded them I strongly suggest this series to anyone who is interested in Tibet and the story of it s people Devoted to Drew you from reading themThis series gets to the heart of all that ishas been going on in TibetHistory hidden behind the label of a detective series these books speak of Tibet it s struggle againstthe invasion of China how the Chinese tried to wipe out Buddhism it s monks and a way of life that has existed for thousands of Marriage by Deception your soul cry make A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House your spirit soar and believe in the power of faith in a people whose courage rose above all the horrors that surrounded them I strongly suggest this series to anyone who is interested in Tibet and the story of it s people

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Arks on a search for justice Shadowed by bizarre tales of an unleashed 'demon' Shan braces himself for even darker imaginings as he stalks a killer and fights to restore spiritual balance to the ancient and tenuous splendor of Tibe A murderer is preying on a group of orphans and their teacher as disappeared In response a disgraced former Chinese investigator and his Tibetan mentors sally forth As they seek to prevent further deaths they come across the resistance kazakhs and uighers seeking to maintain their culture and the han chinese settling in their lands the book is than a crime thriller it is eual part an exploration of tibetan culture and a travelogue It is on this third dimension that the book worked best for me as the author is great at conjuring up what life is like there As a crime thriller i found it managed to be both obvious and confusing in parts As an exploration of tibetan culture it is very interesting and very educationalI found the book to be very didactic and one sided the tibetans are all wise saints and almost all chinese are predators there is a point of view that the tibetan monks practiced a restrictive theocracy that deeply hurt the people of tibet but it gets no play here


10 thoughts on “Water Touching Stone

  1. says:

    Ostensibly this is a mystery novel and it's a good one It may seem strange then for me to suggest that the marvelous and compelling storyline is practically irrelevant but in some ways it is An even greater power of this book lies in it's characterizations it's sense of place and it's vivid visceral evocation of vanishin

  2. says:

    In this his second novel featuring Inspector Shan a Han Chinese political exile in Tibet Pattison moves from southern Tibet

  3. says:

    At our bookstore this is shelved under crime and yet I find myself hesitating to call it crime fiction Yes there is a murder there are several murders actually and there is crime and there is a detective but this was unlike any other piece of crime fiction I ever readAlthough it's the second in a series of novels about detective Shan this book was the first I read completely I started reading the first book a while ago and even t

  4. says:

    A beautifully and skillfully written book that weaves Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and a story of mystery and adventure Complex and compelling this is the second book in which the exiled Han investigator Shan Tao Yun has to confront his fears and memories while searching for a rabid killer in the lock down culture of Chinese contro

  5. says:

    One of the most amazing series of books I have ever readDon't let the fact it is a detective series dissuade you from reading themThis series gets to the heart of all that ishas been going on in TibetHistory hidden behind the label of a detective series these books speak of Tibet it's struggle againstthe invasion of China how the Chinese tried to wipe out Buddhism it's monks and a way of life that has existed for thousands of years This se

  6. says:

    I have really been enjoying the inspector Shan series but it is so depressing what is happening to Tibet as so well outlined in this book on a very personal levelThe books are like meditations in themselves and as a normally fast reader I fin

  7. says:

    Mystery set in Tibet it is an homage to a profound beautiful culture and an anchor to our own restless urbanity

  8. says:

    This would take pages to review in detail It was an extremely difficult read for me and the length wasn't the hardest part of difficult It's mood is ominous and set into different and often viscous sets of circumstances Because it enc

  9. says:

    A murderer is preying on a group of orphans and their teacher as disappeared In response a disgraced former Chinese investigator and his Tibetan mentors sally forth As they seek to prevent further deaths they come across the resistance kazakhs and uighers seeking to maintain their culture and the han chinese settling in t

  10. says:

    Another Inspector Shan mystery that provides about the destruction of native cultures by the Chinese central government Perhaps some idealization of the noble savage in examining the vanishing ways of life in Tajikistan and similar areas but informative and moving nonetheless

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