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GOING TO DOLPO:
Writing with the concision of Hemmingway and the philosophical depth
of Hesse, Tim Doyle gives us in Going to Dolpo a kind of extended
haiku, which reveals rather than resolves the unutterable mystery at the
heart of things.
A story with no explanation, a journey with no apparent purpose and
people who flit in and out of the narrative with no reason, just as in
life. A unique and enjoyable book.
An author's long hike across Nepal with a Sherpa guide would naturally
lead to an adventure story or travelogue, but author and photographer
Tim Doyle's Going to Dolpo is a short work of art and a long
prose poem, seven chapters of breathtaking landscapes and buddhist mindscapes.
His book sweeps through currents of motion and stillness, balancing here-and-now
physical demands with careful reflection. The journey to Dolpo becomes
the destination--an opportunity for a traveler to learn how to craft his
experiences in perfect rhythm with one another, finding authenticity in
the middle path between ordinary and extraordinary.
Going To Dolpo, by Timothy Doyle, is a unique travel account
of a walk from the lowland valleys of Nepal to the snowbound canyons of
Dolpo -- an area south of the Tibetan border. A rumination about the human
mind and humankindís destiny, as well as an unfolding panoply of sights
and wonders during a physical and spiritual pilgrimage, Going To Dolpo
is an involving testimony of a journey that reflects life itself.
Going to Dolpo is a rare blend of travel, personal growth and
Tim Doyle captures the experience of westerners traveling in the spiritually
charged third world. Itís all there: the pristine beauty, the hardships,
the poverty and desperation, the ecstasy and the drive to keep going for
both adventure and wisdom. He writes in a way that you can taste the dal
and smell the incense. Itís awakened that adventurous bone in me thatís
been sleeping the last couple of years and Iím fully inspired to purchase
some iodine tablets and check the web for cheap flights heading east.
One finds oneself drawn, almost against oneís will, into this metaphysical
On The Road. Going to Dolpo is part National Geographic noir
and part inquiry into Buddhism. Our simultaneous journey through these
two worlds offers no answers, no neatly wrapped conclusionsóand yet, at
the end, we are surprised at the strange satisfaction we are left with.
Going to Dolpo is a meeting place between Brautigan and Melville.
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