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by Lionel Davidson

Hugh Whittington has gone missing - reported dead while filming near Mount Everest. Determined to find him, his brother Charles embarks on a perilous and illegal journey from India into the forbidden land of Tibet, all the way to the monastery of Yamdring. There awaits a woman with a deadly and ghostly secret, an emerald treasure to guard and the invading Chinese Red Army. The Rose of Tibet (1962) is Lionel Davidson's second novel. His extraordinary and thrilling tale of a haunted land is among the very finest of its kind and prompted Graham Greene to remark: 'I hadn't realised how much I had missed the genuine adventure story until I read The Rose of Tibet.' Its combination of adventure and travelogue is further proof of Davidson's great variety as a writer, and caused Daphne du Maurier to say: 'It has all the excitement of King Solomon's Mines.'
Download The Rose of Tibet epub
ISBN: 057124291X
ISBN13: 978-0571242917
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Author: Lionel Davidson
Language: English
Publisher: Faber and Faber; Main edition (May 10, 2011)
Pages: 316 pages
ePUB size: 1550 kb
FB2 size: 1390 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 302
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Fellow Quiller mailing list members posted tips on Lionel Davidson and I decided to try first Night of Wensesclas. I loved it so went right to the next one in order of publication, The Rose of Tibet. While Mr. Davidson's descriptive powers and character development remained outstanding, I found myself a litte bogged down in the unusual changes of perspective between that of the third person narrative of the story to that of the author himself, playing as a literary agent for the real author who is just an agent for the actual protagonist. Get that? The author/agent story is adroitly done and interesting, yet interrupted the real narrative, the actual action of the novel, several times just when one was hanging from the cliff (maybe even literally!). I stuck it out though and was rewarded repeatedly with evocative descriptions of the settings of the loving couple's tribulations and adventures. (the loving couple being a junior executive/dillettante who heads to India and thus to Tibet to find his distressed brother, and the, uh, 18th body of the Abbess of the Yamdring monastery) The closest comparison I can make to a well known writer of such adventures is Rider Haggard, but he generally begins with an already seasoned adventurer or at least with his adventurer in the company of such a guide, while Davidson has in both the first two novels started with a neophyte, who guides himself mostly with his own wits, becoming a much more hardened man in the process. This process hooked me in Wensesclas and works well again here. In Rose of Tibet Davidson adds a native teenage sidekick who has previously explored some of the route he needs to take across the mountains, and who gets our man out of numerous scrapes. The final denouement does not arrive, concerning the protagonist, in that he disappears, but the treasure he brought out in his final escape, while mostly unconscious on various travelling gurneys, is the subject of a reasonable conclusion. Of course there would be a treasure!
Has its moments. Davidson's frequent opening conceit of a third party leading us to the real story works for me. Getting to the monastery, and the discoveries and machinations there, were the best parts. Thought that the reunion with the brother- the whole point of the story- got short shrift, and the flight from the monastery to civilization took way too long. Didn't for a second buy him and the boy- freezing and exhausted and half-starved- defeating the soldiers hand-to-hand. Not the author's worst, but not his best.
Skeptic, the reviewer of Oct 2010 was absolutely correct. Faber and Faber should be ashamed of their printing. I loved this book once and bought it for friends thankful that it was back in print. Consonants are missing, characters names misspelled and yet Lionel Davidson's writing prevails. Still what a disservice to him and to his readers. I'd love to give it 5 stars but cannot. This printed edition should be redrawn.
Davidson combines news events in Tibet and India with a many-leveled plot, extremely realistic and believable details, and strong and sympathetic characterization. The reader will stay up way past bedtime to find out how the characters survive the next intrigue or survival situation and will put the book down at the conclusion still wondering if it is all a true story.
The Rose of Tibet is a classic adventure book and thoroughly up to Lionel Davidson's high standards. This was one of his first and it remains as charming and unique as when I first read it about 25 years ago. The reason for writing this review is because of the paperback edition that I purchased through Amazon, a so-called Faber Find published by Faber and Faber of London. THIS EDITION IS A DISGRACE TO PUBLISHING. DO NOT PURCHASE IT!!!! It is replete with copy editing howlers, misspellings, omitted words etc. etc. This occurs throughout the book. While reading it, it became clear that this was not a new edition, freshly typeset. It became clear that Faber had scanned an old edition using OCR (optical character recognition) software, which software had a done an atrocious job of rendering the original edition. And to top it off, Faber had not "found" it necessary to proofread the output of the OCR software. This sin of omission is clear because the errors are obvious to any English speaker and occur throughout the book. SHAME ON YOU FABER! SHAME!
How did Lionel Davidson know so much about Tibet to create this fast action packed story? An adventure tale told with enough exotic detail to rankle all the "Orientalists".
I have read this book (in hard copy) before and enjoyed it immensely, interesting plot, unique location and nice device of introducing the author as a character.
But... this digital edition which I bought for my e-reader while travelling is dreadful. Full of typography and spelling mistakes to a ridiculous level. I would not buy anything published by Faber and Faber again if they think it is okay to sell something so shoddy.
Being a cheaper edition is no excuse. I would not like to think the increase in digital books means a decrease in editing and proofing standards.
A very interesting adventure in an exotic setting. After you've read it you're not sure if it was just a story or did this really happen.