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The Changthang Plateau lies in the centre of Tibet. A vast, rolling grassland stippled with azure-blue lakes and ringed by snow peaks, it is home to seven-year-old Gongzha and his family who live, as their ancestors have done for centuries, by herding and hunting. But it is 1967 and the Cultural Revolution is seeping across China. Not even the grasslands of Tibet are immun ...more
Paperback, UK export edition, 512 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by Head of Zeus
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Tripfiction
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love and intrigue in the high grasslands of Tibet



Love In No Man’s Land is an epic adventure written with passion and sensitivity. It covers the years from 1967 through to the early 2000s – but it could have come from an earlier time… a much earlier time. In many ways it is reminiscent of Middle Earth. It describes the village in the grasslands (at over 4,500m) where Gongzha was born and raised. Life is tough for the inhabitants of the grasslands. They hunt, tend their yaks and sheep, and live in
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Anya
This sounded really great, but took way more effort to get through than expected.
The settings and historical as well as political background was interesting, but I really struggled with the characters and the romance part of things.
It was a long book and not entirely my cup of tea. I expected more something like Pachinko by Min Jin Lee or Wild Swans (as it was described as).

Nonetheless thank you Netgalley for providing me with a copy.
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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I haven't read a sweeping romantic epic in ages and Love In No Man's Land certainly fits the bill on all three of those counts. I loved its late 1960s Tibet setting especially as we got to learn a little about the daily lives of the nomadic peoples living there and how their society was irrevocably altered by Mao's Cultural Revolution. Theirs is a harsh isolated existence, survival depending primarily on the health of their sheep flocks and y
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Alan
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
‘Blood flowed, tears flowed, life went on.’

Sweeping epic: cue the John Barry soundtrack with stunning views of Tibet, as a lone horseman gallops across the plateau….. OK, a little facetious, but that’s exactly what this book is crying out for. Many of the reviews I have read have gushed over this – me, not so much. It’s fine, but it’s not really my cup of tea.

This is the story of Gongzha, growing up in 1960s Tibet as the winds of change blow across the plateau, Mao’s Cultural Revolution throwing
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Ashwini Abhyankar
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I missed the mark with this one. I might re-read it again and see if it agrees with me because the first time didn’t leave a huge impact on me and that’s made me sad because I was expecting to enjoy it thoroughly. It probably has to do with the fact that romance features somewhat more heavily in it than I anticipated. It’s my lack of appreciation in this really.

Let’s start with the good things! The setting, Tibet in the 1960s with lives its people being changed in unnamable ways due to M
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Lucy
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An epic love story, set in the Tibetan mountains and grasslands.

Gongzha’s heart belongs to Cuomu, but her parents do not approve of their relationship. As they struggle to be together, Cuomo’s life is violently taken by Kaguo the bear – Gongzha’s life from thereon is set on following Kaguo to avenge the death of his beloved.

The story is of course not this simple. A host of other powerful characters populate the stunning scenery, among them Feng – a visitor from Shanghai who falls in love with Ti
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Alan
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Blood flowed, tears flowed, life went on.’

Sweeping epic: cue the John Barry soundtrack with stunning views of Tibet, as a lone horseman gallops across the plateau….. OK, a little facetious, but that’s exactly what this book is crying out for. Many of the reviews I have read have gushed over this – me, not so much. It’s fine, but it’s not really my cup of tea.

This is the story of Gongzha, growing up in 1960s Tibet as the winds of change blow across the plateau, Mao’s Cultural Revolution throwing
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Duo Ji Zhuo Ga is a HanTibetan author living in Lhasa. She wrote her first novel, Tibetan Marriage, in 2009 and has since published seven novels.
She serves as the ViceChair of the Tibet Writers Association