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4.28  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  11 reviews

Jupiter, an American drifter down on his luck, finds himself wrapped around the finger of a retired French heroin smuggler. Circumstance quickly leads him across the globe searching for clues to the smuggler’s secret. He lands headfirst in Nepal, a country still reeling from civil war, and is befriended by Maya, a British diplomat’
Paperback, Second Edition, 334 pages
Published November 23rd 2012 by Himalayan Maphouse
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Ben Saltzman
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished Samasara-what a page burner! Hard to put down, and when you finally do, disengaging is near impossible. I was immediately seduced by Jupiter's witty introspection and constant ability to find himself even deeper in trouble. The characters' complex relationships throughout their adrenaline pumping adventure are tangible, creating a world that is easy to lose yourself in. Throughout the entire experience, Abramczyk consistently educates the reader to all aspects of the region in a di ...more
Shah Saguna
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As the trio Jupiter,Jack and Maya begin to climb higher into the Himalayas to make it to Tinker Pass, they battle for survival and encounter danger at every turn. The true meaning of Samsara then begins to unfold as they delve further into the trails. It details the tragic historical events surrounding the resistance movement of the Tibetan freedom fighters and a band of brave soldiers who fought against the Chinese occupation of Tibet. It is revealed that Jack used to be a translator who was in
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book a lot! The story is exciting and it makes you want to skip your meals and sleeping. I always appreciate when there is something I can learn from the literature I read in my spare time and that's also one reason why I really enjoyed the book. There are plenty of facts about Tibetian and Nepali history and a lot of interesting details about Buddhism. I found narrative pretty lively and exciting.

There was one thing that left me wondering for a while. In the end I felt that the
Haseeb Chaudhary
Although it took me an age to finish as I managed to lose my first copy I could not put this book down!
At times I was uncertain where the lines of fact or fiction crossed since Abramczyk meshed the two so beautifully together. After reading I feel as if I've travelled to these far-off places which were previously unknown to me. The writing is exquisite and the story full of suspense.
I love how Abramczyk brings his characters to life; for the most part complicated and vibrant souls. Real people.
Kevin Lanuk
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Abramczyk's debut novel leads the reader into rugged landscapes. Long-time addict and misogynist, Gerard, is the impetus for an adventure that takes protagonist Jupiter into the Himalayas via a short stint in prison and interactions with a host of unusual characters. Throughout the novel we are reminded of the frailty of human existence and the redeeming power of love. A common thread that unites the central characters is that they, like Jupiter himself, are usually in the process of escap ...more
David Viseur
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the type of book you don't want to put down, regardless of time or circumstance. The pace is well-thought and on point, leaving the reader with a gripping relationship at the ready until the very last page. Each character exhibits traits that anyone can relate to. This, mixed with the fact that they become drawn into seemingly impossible, yet entirely plausible scenario makes Samsara a great read.
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those books that had me so invested in the characters that I wanted it to go on. As though I knew them and lost touch after the book ended. The journey, inevitably, becomes an inner one for all parties involved, which draws one even deeper into their character, and makes them even more endearing. Having known virtually nothing about the history of Nepal, I also found the book incredibly educational. Can’t wait to see what Abramczyk has in store for us on his next go.
Gideon Kritzinger
"David Abramczyk’s new novel SAMSARA reads like a combination of John Krakauer and Hunter S. Thompson seasoned with a bit of Lonely Planet From Hell. From the darker psychic regions of the Côte d’Azur the story unfolds like a bad acid trip as Jupiter finds himself on a quest to return a priceless Tibetan jewel to its rightful owner. He finds himself in a hallucinogenic maelstrom that is both comic and harrowing, ending up in a prison cell in Nepal and mysteriously rescued by a young woman. On t ...more
Amy Derosier
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Samsara shines with exotic travels, poignant characters, and tragic humor. Abramczyk's debut novel is for all those interested in the adventure of finding oneself. I enjoyed this novel greatly. I love to read stories from the perspective of a “fly on the wall” with a special portal into the mind of the protagonist.

This fantastic story seems to have been written with a nod to the familiar ingredients used by other great authors – Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Burroughs and Thompson come to mind. Abramc
Robyne Low
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I took my time with Samsara. Historically informed, Abramczyk explores the turmoil of Maoist tensions in Nepal and the Tibetan struggle. As the storyline unfolds, you become drawn into the world of erratic ex-drug smuggling Jack and the unfolding love-hate relationship of Jay (Jupiter) and fiery Maya . Action-packed, raw and almost autobiographical in nature, I would highly recommend Samsara. A fantastic read - intuitive, sensitive and graphic, it explores the life of ex-pats and Nepalese alike ...more
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Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading Samsara is like getting sucked into a whirlwind you’re not sure you’ll get out of in one piece.
It is tantalizing and intelligent, and tickles your curiosity.
Intimately familiar with Nepali culture, Abramczyk manages to weave a great love for Nepal into a rough tale like no other.
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David Abramczyk was born in Chicago, growing up in Saint Charles, Illinois. He began his education at Colorado State University studying Wildlife & Fisheries Biology.

After answering an advertisement in a newspaper, David arrived in Nepal to study Nepali language, culture and history, a decision that prompted him to dramatically change his direction in life as he become fascinated with all aspects

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