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Steven Heighton
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Every Lost Country

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  120 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
“The longer you stare at the mountain, the more it seems a refuge above human bordersand distinctions and this constant dialogue of violence. Up there, he’d hoped, he and Sophie could step away from trouble for a while.”

Lewis Book, a doctor with a history of embroiling himself in conflicts, and his daughter, Sophie, travel to Nepal to join a climbing expedition. One evenin
ebook, 352 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Knopf Canada
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Friederike Knabe
May 26, 2010 Friederike Knabe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian-lit
A 2006 dramatic incident in the High Himalayas - at the border between Nepal and the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China - was the impetus for Canadian author Stephen Heighton's richly imagined multifaceted novel about personal dreams and failures, courage, endurance and love.

Heighton, the author of the much praised novel Afterlands, is also an accomplished poet. His beautifully crafted evocative depiction of the regions landscapes, with its stark changes in climate and vistas during day and nig
Dec 29, 2014 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
A good story well told. I enjoyed the story itself although much of the first third of the book is spent setting up the last two thirds where the themes emerge. all of the main characters are running from or to something. Sometimes both. In some cases the drive is from within ( Lawson ) and in some cases from outside ( the run from the Chinese, to freedom ). For all of the main characters, the voyage is one of self discovery. It is the exploration of these themes which raise the book above the u ...more
Aug 07, 2015 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A friend recommended this book because I had recently been in the Himalayas on holiday. It is set in Nepal and Tibet and was quite reminiscent of our trip, even though of course, nothing like the events in the book happened to us. The author is a poet, so I didn't expect the book to read like a thriller. A Canadian doctor and his daughter are captured by Chinese soldiers when they try to help some Tibetan refugees. Their story, as well as that of a discredited mountain climber trying to be the f ...more
Apr 30, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I had read this earlier. Gripping story of a mountain climb gone wrong set on the border of China and Nepal. A group of strangers are drawn together when they see refugees being chased by Chinese soldiers and the decision is made to intercede. What follows is a beautiful, brutal, honest story of the true measure of these people as they struggle to survive and escape; set against the egotistical character of Wade, the climber determined to scale Kyatruk at any cost.
The author's writing is
Jul 09, 2011 Shane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think those who attempt to write “literary thrillers” set themselves up for a difficult climb, like the climb up Mt. Kyatruk in this novel, one most likely to end in failure. The pacing of the thriller gets diluted with literary musing and we end up with neither a literary piece nor a thriller. If I had to place my bet on this book though, I’d say it is more literary than thriller.

I liked the contrast of the mountain climber risking his life for personal glory vs. the doctor who risks his for
Aug 10, 2011 Johnathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I was worried about the pacing in the first half of the novel, I think Heighton really delivered in the second half. As always his language is just supremely beautiful and thought-provoking, and I was surprised at how well this worked in the context of a thriller. I couldn't get enough of the last quarter-or-so of the book. (view spoiler) ...more
Barbara Martin
Jul 15, 2010 Barbara Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary, adventure
Mr. Heighton provides an insider’s glimpse into the world of the Sherpa people in Tibet and Nepal, their customs and the simple life they live without material goods. Their spiritual leader is the Dalai Lama, representative of the life they aspire to. These people are the focus of this novel, a small group of Tibetan people seeking refuge and freedom in nearby Nepal. The Tibetans are caught in a conflict between keeping their traditional life and those who co-operate with the Chinese. The Chines ...more
Aug 20, 2011 Carolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Every Lost Country","Steven Heighton"
"This is an exciting, well-written Canadian novel. I could picture the events in my mind like a movie while reading it. It ponders the ethical and moral questions of how obsessions may destroy friends and families. Is it better to help strangers and possibly save lives when it may put others in peril? How do pacifist monks and nuns justify killing oppressors? How people are often defined by others by race and nationality. The story revolves around an inciden
Shonna Froebel
Nov 17, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
I stayed up late last night to finish this as I couldn't bear not to know how it ended. I was gripped by the story and characters and how events overtook intentions.
This novel is told variously from four points of view: Sophie Book, a high school student who has been brought to Nepal by her father; Lewis Book, a doctor hired by a mountain climbing expedition; Amaris McRae, a videographer also part of the expedition; and Wade Larson, leader of the expedition and extremely self-centered.
The group
May 25, 2012 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heighton has fashioned a rapid-fire, suspense-filled narrative based on an actual event. This is the remote, mountainous country where Nepal borders Tibet. Wade Lawson wants to be the first climber to scale the dangerous peak of Kyatruk and has assembled an expedition that includes Dr. Lewis Book and filmmaker Amaris McRae. His plans are disrupted when Chinese soldiers fire on a group of Tibetan refugees fleeing for the Nepali border and Book and McRae, crossing into Chinese territory to help th ...more
I was interested in this book because I have a number of things in common with it...I have traveled to China, I am an avid hiker and I work in travel medicine. So I thought this would be a great read, a book that contains a number of my interests. I was wrong.

"Every Lost Country" is a story of Tibetan refugees fleeing from Chinese soldiers and a group of people involved in a climbing expedition that gets caught up in the refugees flight from China.

I felt like I was reading a made up story, which
Feb 21, 2012 Allana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is based (in the beginning) on an actual event - the disturbing chase & shooting of Tibetan refugees by Chinese soldiers, witnessed by a climbing expedition on a pass in the mountains between Tibet & Nepal. What I liked most is that the story (pageturner) doesn't simplify the characters or their reactions to the event. We get to see the internal struggles, fears and loves - the thoughts behind the characters' decisions to act or to stand by, to stay or to follow. Each is humanl ...more
Krista McCracken
Nov 05, 2012 Krista McCracken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every Lost Country was a surprisingly enthralling read that I read in the matter of two days. The book focuses on two main plots -- a climbing expedition and a group of Tibetan refugees attempting to cross the bored into Nepal to safety. The two story-lines intersect almost immediately and continue to intertwine and run in tandem throughout the book.

I found the combination of political tension, refugee realities, and family/relationship drama to be well balanced. Heighton provides a story that
Alex Taylor
Never quite got going or lived up to its hype.
Full of stereotypical characters - the maverick doctor with a broken marriage, the wayward teenage daughter, the celebrity mountaineer, the plucky sherpa, etc. None that you really cared that much about. Felt like it was written as a film script - unlikely gun fights, crashing helicopters, blah, blah.
Don't bother.
Jan 25, 2014 Neil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my cup of tea..I didn't enjoy how it was constructed. Just didn't flow easily as it might have done. Despite the reviews. I had to move quite quickly through the last half of the book..almost tossed it.
Jun 16, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an intriguing story of adventure involving two journeys with very different purposes and outcomes. One journey is unwillinghly taken with insights into the self revealed within and between the principal participants. The other is taken by a man driven to prove something to himself and to others and ending by proving nothing. I thought the book was well-written. It would be interesting to know how close to real life experiences were the actions of the Chinese soldiers. I especially liked ...more
Mary Kay
Had to suspend my disbelief at times.
Eric Wright
Story of a climber and his photographer who witness Chinese border guards chasing Tibetan refugees on border with Nepal. Very frustrating book for long paragraphs of telling rather than showing or dialogue. Dumped after 40 pages.
Angie Abdou
Nov 28, 2010 Angie Abdou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My book of the year for 2010. Find my written review here:

And my very different YouTube review here:
George Ilsley
Jul 13, 2010 George Ilsley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Steven Heighton does it again. A brilliant novel which cross boundaries are easily as the characters do in the plot. It's a thriller, in a sense, but a thriller for smart, sensitive readers.
Rosemary Mutton
I enjoyed this book as a summer read. Interesting story about the border between China and Nepal. Not great literature.
Oct 28, 2010 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
It just didn't work for me. Characters were unrealistic, either too good or too selfish. I didn't finish it, my loss.
Nov 01, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Love this Canadian author. The book could easily be made into an action movie.
Susan Glickman
Feb 14, 2012 Susan Glickman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoughtful and exciting thriller, full of beautiful passages.
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Steven Heighton (born August 14, 1961) is a Canadian novelist, short story writer and poet. He is the author of ten books, including two short story collections, three novels, and five poetry collections.[1] His most recent novel, Every Lost Country, was published in 2010.

Heighton was born in Toronto, Ontario, and earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree, at Queens University.[2]

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