Rated of 5
by Anita S. (santa barbara, CA)
This is a fascinating story of three generations of strong Tibetan women and how their Buddhist religion and outside forces shaped their lives. It is a remarkable story about triumph over adversities beyond their control. I was particularly fascinated by Tibetan life and the Buddhist religion which dominated everyday activities. Tibet was a country that the twentieth century bypassed. People lived life as in the Middle ages with extreme hardships and none of the modern comforts such as electricity and indoor plumbing. The Buddhist religion both helped and hindered them in their daily lives. For the women in this memoir, Buddhism was of the utmost importance and guided them. When the Chinese invaded Tibet, they brought the twentieth century to Tibet but at the same time they destroyed a beautiful country along with the culture and religion. This memoir relates how these women coped with all the dramatic and terrible changes in their lives. A great story and I believe book clubs will love it.