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Even still there is plenty of mystery and plot twists. A cast of fairly flat characters also fits the genre and the plot pushed along with plenty of action rounds out the book. All in all, a fun read harkening back to the pulp. There are definite echoes of Indiana Jones especially the travel scenes where I definitely see the red line moving across the map in my head as I read.

I like that the main character well, the POV bounces a lot, but Sid, the first guy you hear from is not a hero by nature. His archetype is the writer that dreams and that feels pretty cool somehow. It is his love for the genre that sparks the initial plot almost. I would happily read another by My Bryant. Aug 11, Elizabeth Nichols rated it liked it. At times, the adventure reminded me of Indiana Jones, and the main villain of Ming the Merciless. The main character was everything you would expect a pulp detective to be: I particularly liked his catch phrase, 'What would Doc Savage do?

That said, "Dr "Dragon in the Snow" was a fun throw-back to the pulp magazines of old. That said, "Dragon in the Snow" is a fun, fast-paced read that will please any fan of the pulp genre.

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Jul 21, Lee rated it liked it. A fun little read, reminds me a lot of the golden age of science fiction writing, without the racism of that time and without the utterly fearless heros Jul 08, Ben rated it it was amazing. A really, really fun read. I want another one! David rated it really liked it Mar 27, James Lynam rated it it was amazing Aug 08, Suzanne rated it really liked it Aug 05, Aug 08, Pamela rated it it was amazing.

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About Forrest Dylan Bryant. Forrest Bryant wears a lot of hats, both literally and figuratively. His love affair with pulp storytelling began at the movies, then blossomed after a chance encounter with a Doc Savage novel in college. Twenty years would elapse before he tried his own hand at writing pulp, but his debut novel, Dragon in the Snow , established a mix of thrills, period atmosphere, and winking humo Forrest Bryant wears a lot of hats, both literally and figuratively. Twenty years would elapse before he tried his own hand at writing pulp, but his debut novel, Dragon in the Snow , established a mix of thrills, period atmosphere, and winking humor that is fast becoming his trademark.

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Trivia About Dragon in the Snow. No trivia or quizzes yet. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. While some merchants prospered and peasants had new found cash, the central government resisted changes the Chinese wanted to make and when resources became tight in China and they cut back on subsidies to Tibet the Tibetans were resentful.

Although there was mixed monastic and aristocratic cooperation, Tibetans as a whole disliked the Chinese presence. When the Chinese began to institute reforms in Kham and Amdo akin to the changes they were making elsewhere in China, the locals resisted. The Khampas objected to land redistribution. Collectivization of land would foremost affect monasteries which in eastern Tibet housed fifty thousand monks and were the largest landowners. This attack on religious institutions, despite the fact they exploited the peasantry, was universally disliked.

The author claims there had never been any peasant uprisings against monasteries--a claim whose historical accuracy may rest on the fact that monastic record keepers had no interest in recording any incidences of the same. To control potential resistance, the Chinese asked that weapons be turned in. But the Khampas like American rednecks refused this, and when the Chinese began collectivizing and settling nomads in serious fighting erupted. On one occasion when both fighters and civilians sought refuge in a monastery, the Chinese bombarded it killing innocent people.

Some survivors and other guerillas retreated into western Tibet. It is interesting that the central government did nothing to support the rebels. Its response was a mix of fear that the Chinese would then attack Lhasa and a traditional feeling that the Khampas were inferiors. The presence of Khampas in Central Tibet and some who fled to India had a number of effects. The exile community in India now had champions and so encouraged the Khampa. The areas south east of Lhasa to which most of the refugees and guerillas came felt imposed upon. They had little enough food and the Khampas strained their resources.

The locals were also offended at some banditry committed by the Khampas. In Lhasa the Khampas found allies among some who opposed the Chinese. Opposition came not only from upper classes and monks but also ordinary people who had rarely been involved in politics before and whose opinions were never solicited by past Tibetan rulers.

In the Dalai Lama visited India and there was an effort made by the refugees to keep him there. Nehru and the Americans wanted him to return as he did. Nehru so as not to offend the Chinese with whom he wanted to co-exist and the American because they felt the Dalai Lama would cause more trouble for the Chinese from within the country. Because of the growing resistance to change in Eastern Tibet factions within the Chinese government reevaluated the forced social changes blaming "Han Chauvinism" for lack of appreciation of Tibetan culture giving rise to resistance.

The Chinese were willing to ease up. In the Khampas were successful in some raids causing the Chinese army to launch an effective counteroffensive. This event had been the occasion of previous outbursts. The Chinese prepared for violence and some Tibetan monks and soldiers gathered to discuss possible threats to the Dalai Lama from the Chinese. In the tense atmosphere the Dalai Lama was invited to a performance at the Chinese military camp to which he intended to go fearing nothing although some advisors urged him not to. What unfolded was, in its immediate causes, completely unnecessary but could later be seen as a response to the inevitable.

A rumor spread that the Dalai Lama would be kidnapped by the Chinese. The rumor was abetted by officials who did not want the DL to go. Without going into detail which Shakya covers well, the crowds gather, brutally murdered a Chamdo Tibetan official for wearing modern clothes and Chinese cap, dragged his body around Lhasa and severely beat another Tibetan official.

Other high Tibetan officials attending the ceremony knew little of what was going on while the Dalai Lama and those surrounding did not know how to respond to the riots. The DL still wanted to go. The next day the crowds began to hit Chinese targets. The crowds felt betrayed by Tibetan officialdom. It was not until a week after the first riot that the Dalai Lama fled. Confusion reigned with some officials supporting the rioters while other trying to calm them. Tibetans often used the tactic of not responding when pressed. In the 13th Dalai Lama fled hoping that British demands would go away.

The riots seem like another such instance. The Chinese aware of their military superiority waited a week before reacting, hoping things would quiet down.

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Then on the 17th they began sporadic shelling, reclaimed Lhasa and enforced their occupation of the rest of Tibet. This was a turning point. There was no longer any reason to treat Tibet with kid gloves. The author does not address the question of whether the Dalai Lama should have fled, but it lurks in the background. The subsequent history of the Chinese occupation might suggest that to preserve Buddhism and the Dalai Lama's religious authority, he was right to have gone into exile.

Tibet suffered from all of the various left and rightward turns that plagued China while Mao lived and other oppressions in the years afterwards. In the s the Panchen Lama returned from exile despite Lhasa's attempts to stop, then diminish, him. Because of his cooperation with the Chinese he could thought to have been a Quisling but in fact he was able to soften some Chinese actions which earned him imprisonment for many years when the Anti-Revisionist Campaign of attacked feudal lords and nationalism.

When he emerged from prison in and house arrest in the s he again took up the role of moderator. What would have been the Dalai Lama's fate? As far as I know the diaspora does not lionize the 10th Panchen Lama. But he stayed, shared the fate of his countrymen and did his best. Two threads now emerge in Tibetan history. One is the tremendous suffering of the Tibetan people under the Chinese.

The second is the role of the exiled Dalai Lama as a world figure and his effect on events in Tibet. In brief the Chinese tried to eliminate nationalism within China as an advanced step in the socialization of society. Tibetans suffered attempts to destroy their traditional way of life, especially during the Cultural Revolution. Collectivization, destruction of most monasteries and endless purges and reeducation depended on the particular shifts among Chinese political factions.

It all seems to have been a miserable failure. And while some of the rebels of languished in jail, while others were killed, the devastation of production, and brutalization of suspected opponents during various swings, left Tibetans dulled and withdrawn. Whether they suffered worse than the Chinese in China is hard to say.

But it was all visited upon them by people whom they regarded as alien conquerors. It is a sad testimony to ideological blindness and human cruelty. Somewhere in the whole process, the Chinese hoped they would break Tibetan's spirit and develop cadres loyal to the motherland who would value production, socialist equality, and modernization more than their traditional religious past. How much that succeeded is hard to assess, and Shakya, like other authors, feels that despite all the Tibetans had been through when conditions were liberalized they went back to supporting monasteries and sending their sons to be monks.

The latter may have been as much because the Chinese never offered Tibetan youths much economic opportunity as commitment to the faith. Nonetheless liberalization in China, when applied to Tibet, led to resurgence of religion and resistance to Chinese domination. What followed was marshal law, harassment, censorship, limitations on monasticism and forbidding any expression of devotion to the Dalai Lama. Added to that, in the s, was a policy of intense economic development of Tibet.

As the entrepreneurial spirit was let lose in China, Tibet was included. This led Chinese with more training and initiative to flood into Tibet and begin to dominate the Tibetan economy.

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Whether the flow of Chinese was government policy to overwhelm the Tibetans or simply a result of market forces the Chinese did have formal restrictions but as in China itself there was no holding back the tide. So we have come to the current situation: Because the book ends in the s we are at an episode before which there is impact of the extraction of Tibetan resources by the Chinesemining, electricity etc.

Also we know little of how the Tibetans participated in the economic changes. They can't all be laborers and peasant farmers. The details of economic history need another episode of the soap. That leaves us with the Dalai Lama and the diaspora. It has been a mixed experience. From the Nobel prize, to Congressional medals and thousands of Westerners practicing Tibetan Buddhism, the DL and the diaspora have truly become world heroes.

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Their history of negotiation with the Chinese and ability to affect affairs of Tibet have had their ups and downs. While exiles may have encouraged protests in Tibet during the DL's address to the US congress in and may even have an underground in Tibet, lots of Tibetans got killed. As for influencing Chinese policy or engineering Tibetan autonomy, the DL seams to have gotten nowhere, and despite claims of endorsement from countries or political parties, the Chinese seem to know that they have to pay very little in the world for their domination of Tibet.

No nation cares nor have seemingly ever cared enough about Tibetan sovereignty to put pressure on China and who could anyway given China's emerging economic clout since the mid s. Is the Dalai Lama relevant? Maybe I have to see the next chapter of the soap. I certainly will look for a source to fill me in.

Meanwhile what would it mean for the Dalai Lama to return? His autonomy, in real terms, would mean independence for the Tibetans. Given their repression, nothing less would do for people who have so suffered under the Chinese. So we have or will soon have a situation like elsewhere in the world: Fiji, there are more imported Indians than native Fijians. Capitalism, of course, dictates that the successful are entitled: Not easy to unravel. The Dalai Lama wants to send the Chinese home, but what if China really dropped its Communist bosses and became democratic.


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    Tsering Shakya's book is dispassionate and comprehensive. Instead of simply rehashing and remixing previously published work, it adds to existing accounts by incorporating interviews with first-hand witnesses among the Tibetan exile community he apparently has not interviewed any Chinese witnesses, which is unfortunate but understandable. Although I have read widely on this subject before, I found much here that's new and not a little that's surprising.

    I'm sure Tsering Shakya is taking a lot of flack for writing this book. I hope he perseveres, because I believe that the cause of peace is best served by unbiased and unflinching accounts such as this one. The Tibet issue is totally politicized. Western academics can't get access to Tibet and Tibetan archives unless they kowtow to the Communist authorities in their writing. Then there's the Hollywood types who frequent Dharmasala and do their own version of kowtowing to the sometimes bizarre collection of people surrounding the Dalai Lama.

    Tsering Shakya's book is an important contribution because it represents fair-minded scholarship at its best. It's an easy read as well. See all 12 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on May 26, Published on May 14,