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The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures of the Great Detective in India and Tibet Paperback – 16 May 2003

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No doubt, Conan Doyle himself would enjoy this singular adventure through 1889 Bombay, and into Tibet. When the evil Moriarty falls from the cliff, and Sherlock disappears, our detective hero gets involved in some nasty business, and learns much about Tibet, Buddhism, and mountain journeys. A mix of Doyle, Kipling, and even Indiana Jones, this is an adventure that never stops, and with a really eccentric group of characters, including the future Dalai Lama. With enough wit and humor thrown in ,this is one "Can't Miss" Holmesian takeoff. Possibly, some of the mysticism may be overdone, but still a fine way to spend a few wee small hours! --By Hans Castorp

This is by far the most well-conceived and written of all the Holmes stories I have read--outside of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's, of course. He would have loved this adventure of Holmes that took place in the two years he was unaccounted for in England. The settings and descriptions of India and "Thibet" in which Holmes found himself could only have been presented by a person who knows the roof of the world and the way of life there thoroughly. I have done independent studies of India and Tibet and it was such a pleasure to renew my acquaintance with the way things are done and said in that wonderful part of the world. Holmes' presence was interwoven beautifully into events based on actual actions taken by the Chinese where the Tibetan Lamas was concerned. The author did a splendid job of acquainting the Lamas and Holmes with each other and then circuitously bringing the awful Moriarty back into action with a vengeance. The plot is as intricate, as subtle, and as many-faceted as it would be if it occurred in real life. Every element in this book is based on real characteristics of both Indian and Tibetan societies. So much credibility! And, Sherlock Holmes was kept true to his nature with an additional facet that would have occurred had he actually been in Tibet, at least to some degree. Read this book for yourself--it comes to a fabulous conclusion! --By Cassandra,

This book is a great mix of history and adventure and who better to be the tour guide then, Sherlock Holmes. The only problem I had with it, and it wasn't so much the story as it was with the book. The little historical tidbits could have been put to the back. This would have made the reading more fluid and smoother. --By Jeffery Koepp

About the Author

Jamyang Norbu is director of the Amnye Machen Institute, Tibetan Centre for Advanced Studies, Dharmasala. He is the author of Warriors of Tibet, the biography of a Kampa warrior; Illusion and Reality, a collection of his political essays, and the editor of The Performing Traditions of Tibet. He was also the director of the Tibetan Institute of the Performing Arts and has written five plays and a traditional opera libretto. Norbu has lectures on Tibetan Culture and the freedom struggle at more than a hundred universities and institutions in the USA, Canada, Australia, France, India, Japan and the UK. He has also appeared on a number of television and radio shows and interviews all over the world to argue the case of Tibet.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (16 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8172233647
  • ISBN-13: 978-8172233648
  • Package Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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