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Across Many Mountains

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Book Summary of Across Many Mountains

Kusang never thought she would leave Tibet. Growing up in a remote mountain village, she married a monk and gave birth to two children. But then the Chinese army invaded, and their peaceful lives were destroyed forever. Thousands were tortured, prison camps were set up and Kusang's monastery was destroyed.

The family were forced to flee across the Himalayas in the depths of winter, battling cold, fear, starvation and exhaustion. It took a month to reach India, where they were then passed from one refugee camp to another, all the while fighting hunger and disease. Kusang's husband and her younger child died, but somehow Kusang and her daughter Sonam survived.

In Across Many Mountains Sonam's daughter, Yangzom, born in safety in Switzerland, has written the story of her inspirational mother and grandmother's fight for survival, and their lives in exile. It is an extraordinary story of determination, love and endurance.

About the Author
Born in 1980 to a Swiss father and Tibetan mother, Yangzom Brauen is an actress and political activist. She lives in both Los Angeles and Berlin and has appeared in a number of German and American films. She is also very active in the Free Tibet movement, making regular radio broadcasts about Tibet and organising public demonstrations against the Chinese occupation of Tibet.

Details of Book: Across Many Mountains (BSID:9327)

Book Across Many Mountains
Author Yangzom Brauen, Katy Derbyshire
ISBN 0099546035
ISBN-13 9780099546030, 978-0099546030
Binding Paperback
Publisher Vintage
Publishing Date 2012
Number of Pages 336
Language English

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Lorraine January 26, 2012 review from Goodreads

â??Across Many Mountainsâ? is a memoir that covers three generations of women over a period of 80 years. Yangzom Brauen, a Los Angeles actress, model, writer and activist, tells the story of her grandmother, a Buddhist nun who leaves her rural village in the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet in 1959, wit...

Dimity November 08, 2011 review from Goodreads

I won this memoir from the First Reads program. I was excited to receive a copy because I love memoirs and this particular one piqued my interest. Going in, I knew very little about Tibet other than some scattered impressions gathered from the periodic popularity surges of the â??Free Tibetâ? moveme...

Jennifer September 08, 2011 review from Goodreads

This is the story of three generations of Tibetan women. The story begins with the grandmother of the author. She is a nun in Tibet, who also happened to marry and have a daughter. She and her family escape to India when Chinese persecution of Buddhist nuns and monks becomes unbearable. Life in I...

Mary August 31, 2011 review from Goodreads

Across Many Mountains is a true account of a people and a country that are not widely known in the West, or at least not known by this reader. In 1950 China invaded Tibet (this was not the first time). A Buddhist monk and his wife, a Buddhist nun (it's OK in their branch of Buddhism), and their t...

Sailor August 29, 2011 review from Goodreads

This book may only tell the story of 3 generations of women, but you get the feeling of traversing many centuries. The story begins high in the Tibetan Himalayas in a small village lacking any modern conveniences. Modern, for 1910, that is. But it could have been 1810 or 1710. Life was hard but s...


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