The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures of the Great Detective in India and Tibet

The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures of the Great Detective in India and Tibet

Jamyang Norbu / Oct 21, 2020

The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes The Adventures of the Great Detective in India and Tibet In the British public was horrified to learn that Sherlock Holmes had perished in a deadly struggle with the archcriminal Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls Then to its amazement he r

  • Title: The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures of the Great Detective in India and Tibet
  • Author: Jamyang Norbu
  • ISBN: 9781582343280
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1891, the British public was horrified to learn that Sherlock Holmes had perished in a deadly struggle with the archcriminal Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls Then, to its amazement, he reappeared two years later, informing a stunned Watson, I traveled for two years in Tibet, therefore, and amused myself by visiting Lhasa Nothing has been known of those misIn 1891, the British public was horrified to learn that Sherlock Holmes had perished in a deadly struggle with the archcriminal Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls Then, to its amazement, he reappeared two years later, informing a stunned Watson, I traveled for two years in Tibet, therefore, and amused myself by visiting Lhasa Nothing has been known of those missing years until Jamyang Norbu s discovery, in a rusting tin dispatch box in Darjeeling, of a flat packet carefully wrapped in waxed paper and neatly tied with stout twine When opened the packet revealed Huree Chunder Mookerjee s Kipling s Bengali spy and scholar own account of his travels with Sherlock Holmes.Now for the first time, we learn of Holmes s brush with the Great Game and the world of Kim We follow him north across the hot and duty plains of India to Simla, summer capital of the British Raj, and over the high passes to the vast emptiness of the Tibetan plateau In the medieval splendor that is Lhasa, intrigue and black treachery stalk the shadows, and Sherlock Holmes confronts his greatest challenge.

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      • Jamyang Norbu

        Jamyang Norbu is a Tibetan political activist and writer, who lived for over 40 years as an exile in India He now resides in America.He founded and directed the Amnye Machen Institute, Tibetan Centre for Advanced Studies, Dharamsala He is the author of Warriors of Tibet, the biography of a Khampa warrior Illusion and Reality, a collection of his political essays, and the editor of The Performing Traditions of Tibet He was also the director of the Tibetan Institute for Performing Arts and has written five plays and a traditionall opera libretto.Norbu has lectured on Tibetan culture and the freedom struggle at than a hundred universities and institutions in the USA, Canada, Australia, France, India, Japan, and the UK He has also appeared on a number of television and radio shows and interviews all over the world to argue the case of Tibet.


    705 Comments

    1. Alas. Alas and alack. The first half, three-quarters of this novel were awesome, a really lovely pastiche, maybe the best I've read so far, and the last few chapters veered off into an entirely different story that I was far less inclined to enjoy.Holmes in India, with an Indian scholar-spy filling the role of Watson yet not trying to be Watson oh frabjous day, a cracking good mystery, all sorts of atmospherics - A+A+A+. A real treat to read, especially hard on the heels of the Russellian The Ga [...]


    2. A pastiche of Holmes, set in India and Tibet. Taking as his starting-point the return of Holmes after his supposed death in the canon, wherein the detective reveals that he was traveling in Tibet under the name Sigurson, Norbu recreates those lost years in the Holmes chronicles. His narrator this time is none other than Hurree Mookerjee, from Rudyard Kipling’s Kim (which, lamentably, I’ve not read). For the first half of the book, Norbu succeeds in weaving the two worlds, that of Victorian s [...]


    3. Sherlock Holmes aficionados refer to the period from 1891 to 1894--the time between Holmes's disappearance and presumed death in The Adventure of the Final Problem (at the hands of Moriarity at Reichenbach Falls) and his reappearance in The Adventure of the Empty House--as "the Great Hiatus."So, what really happened during these lost years?Holmes tells Dr. Watson in laconic fashion: "I travelled for two years in Tibet, therefore, and amused myself by visiting Lhasa and spending some days with th [...]


    4. Before I begin, I would like to say that Sir Doyle was and still is the finest writer on Holmesian stories. But now, I have to try with all my might and dare to extend this and say that Mr Norbu’s novel succeeded in showing the Holmesian tradition in a different yet interesting light. He even managed to replicate S.H behaviour and conversational style. “On the contrary my dear Huree!”Also, this is my first fiction based on Tibetan lands. Being a practicing Hindu, I’ve always been fond of [...]


    5. I quite liked the beginning of this book, as the author is really good at imitating the style of the Holmesian era and also of evoking the Indian colonial atmosphere - but somewhere in the middle of the book things start to go awfully wrong. Holmesian deductions and insights are replaced by something like an early Tsui Hark film (don't get me wrong, I like early Tsui Hark films, I just don't see the point of inserting a Sherlock Holmes into them, unless you do it for a reason) without even tryin [...]


    6. I gave this book the lowest rating that I’ve ever given a book I reviewed. However, there’s a selection bias at work. I don’t finish (and rarely start, for that matter) books that are so horrible that they’d get a lesser rating. Ergo, any book that I finish and review has some redeeming qualities. I’ll leave it to the reader to determine whether these redeeming qualities will outweigh the deficiencies of story in this book. The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes takes our beloved detective out [...]


    7. I'm delighted to report (and embarrased to admit) that it was Sibyl R with our Monday Night Mystery group who put the name to the game, and made me aware of theSherlock Holmes pastiche, a genre of mystery that's a mashup of new fiction based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character and setting. Browsing Bookwagon the next weekend - there it was, a table-top of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, where I found Norbu's The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes. Perfect.The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes is the tale of Holme [...]


    8. It is only recently that people has started to realize that, being a "creature" of one of the most notorious spiritualists ever, Sherlock Holmes must have a spiritual side. People have been too busy with his brains and his heart (or lack thereof) and the orientation of his sexuality. There is much more of Doyle in Sherlock than the author himself would have liked to admit- when he wrote to Joseph Bell to thank him for being the model for Holmes, the wise physician replied "Sherlock Holmes is you [...]


    9. Moram se na žalost pridružiti većini drugih koji su ovu knjigu ocjenjivali. Počinje kao zabavan Holmesovski pastiche, u kiplingovskom okruženju, s daškom haggarda. no, nakon 2/3 knjige autor počinje buncati, mistificirati, telepatija, telekineza, 'neobjašnjive moći uma', reinkarnacije i izgubljene civilizacije. šteta. mogla je biti solidna četvorka. Ovako je malo jača trojka. A neću ni spominjati različite faktuane greške poput otpuštanja sigurnosne kočnice na revolveru, ili pun [...]


    10. The story was too predictable and Raj retro. I found the attempts by the author to explain the Tibetan brand of Buddhism too difficult to understand. I also thought that the supernatural powers displayed by both Holmes and Professor Morriety too far fetched and fantastic and did not rhyme at all with Holmes established rational style of deductions. By the end of the book I found I was skipping paragraphs without really missing out much.


    11. I really enjoyed this. Shelock as it turns out didn't die in Riechenbach Falls. I was never particularly iterested in Tibet, Nepal or the Himmalayas before, but this book took me there and I really enjoyed the trip. It is an able tale in the continuation of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.


    12. Love the book. Holmes & Hurree from Kim. The colonial love of a Bengali babu towards the imperialists, portrayal of India during the Raj, the writing style, everything about this book charms me. I've read and re-read and re-read it a hundred times so far.


    13. I'm not sure it entirely lives up to the promise of the idea: the lost years of Sherlock Holmes after the Reichenbach Falls, narrated by the Babu from Kipling's Kim, and very well-done. The denouement, perhaps, evokes Rider Haggard. But still, very enjoyable.


    14. This was one of the better patische's Ive read. If you like Sherlock Holmes, then its a must-read!



    15. I enjoyed it on the whole.It was in keeping with the essence of Holmes adventures, written by a "sidekick" as an historical account of a real person, with the inclusion of a great deal of historical and cultural interest from the East.The latter part of the story departed from traditional Holmes somewhat and I can well understand why purists might throw the book down in disgust as it creeps, firstly towards Lara Croft, and then Dr Strange!Approach it with an open mind and an air of whimsy and yo [...]


    16. This book had all the ingredients for me to love Sherlock, Kipling, Tibet, but it just didn't gel as an experience. The fantasy element to the climax felt a bit silly - I would have preferred a cleverer Holmes solution instead. Loved the concept though.



    17. The basic premise was essentially to document the hows and whys of Holmes visit to Tibet during the great hiatus. The intriguing bit is that the amusing Babu, Hurree Chunder Mookerjee, of Rudyard Kipling's classic work, Kim, narrates the story. As a fan of the Flashman books as well as being interested in the British presence in India, I found the book to be a vital addition to my collection. By making the narrator someone other than Watson, the author did himself a great favour. The biggest fau [...]



    18. When any author other than Arthur Conan Doyle takes on the character of Sherlock Holmes, they must remember exactly who they are dealing with. Sherlock Holmes is, without a doubt, one of the greatest characters in literary history and he must be treated as such. The key to a good Holmes spin-off is remaining true to his brilliant character while adding your own unique flavor. In a sense, "The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes" is successful in this respect. In fact, many of Holmes' lines in the novel a [...]


    19. I bought this book at an author signing and reading at Tibet House NYC 15 years ago, and am delighted it has remained in print. I think it's one of the best Sherlock Holmes pastiches out there.The author, Jamyang Norbu, is a Tibetan political activist, a former fighter in the CIA-funded guerrilla war against the Chinese government from back in the day, a theater director, writer, and a Holmesian (he's a member of the Baker Street Irregulars). Along with the Holmes canon, he has been a close read [...]


    20. This book is the latest and most esoteric chapter of Sherlock Holmes’ life. I give credit to the author for filling in those last two blank years in the sleuth’s life. I also credit him for remaining true to Sir Arthur’s unique narrative style. Not only was the dialogue spoken in the same self-conscious British manner, but an Indian Watson was pulled from the pages of Rudyard Kipling’s Kim. This sub-continental Watson fulfilled his given role perfectly; trusting in Holmes’ powers and w [...]


    21. Điều đầu tiên khiến mình ko thích lắm ở quyển này là việc tác giả đã sd quá nhiều từ địa phương 1-cách-ko-cần-thiết. Nhưng dẫu sao đó cũng chỉ là ấn tượng ban đầu, có thể thích nghi được. Tuy nhiên, mình hoàn toàn ko thích cách Hurree - nhân vật "tôi" trong truyện lí tưởng hoá Holmes lên [thậm chí là thần thánh hoá] như thế! Kể chuyện dưới ngôi thứ nhất là 1 công việc khó, và ko trán [...]


    22. El librero de Bolaño lo mostraba, así que había que leerlo. No necesariamente, Bolaño era mala leche algunas veces y le gustaba como a mí dormir y estar rodeado de libros, bueno, lo segundo, lo primero a mí me gusta. Como alucinado fan de Sherlock (Elementary es extraordinaria, debiera ser obligada para todos los que necesiten un entrenamiento deduccionista) y lector perpetuo de Conan Doyle, claro que una nueva aventura del emblemático detective y héroe juvenil (yo lo leí completo ya gr [...]


    23. The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes is one of a handful of novels that seeks to illuminate the time Holmes spent hiding out in India and Tibet after his supposed death at the hands of Moriarty. I certainly wasn't expecting much out of it, seeing as I had purchased it at a little souvenir shop during my own visit to India and regarded it as probably nothing more than a novelty item for gullible tourists (like me). To my surprise, TMOSH turned out to be an excellent read in its own right--at least unti [...]


    24. An absolutely brilliant take on Sherlock Holmes years of supposed incognito abroad written by a native Tibetan who lived in India for many years. Gets extremely weird toward the end, but in a way that makes sense in context.


    25. Yep, I totally loved this book. Norbu's book brilliantly recounts the mysterious adventures of Holmes in India and Tibet following the Reichenbach fall, as narrated from the point of view of Huree Chunder Mookerjee, a Bengali spy. Norbu brings together Holmes and Huree, also a character in Kipling's fiction, to investigate a Chinese plot against the Dalai Lama himself. This book is so awesome because it interprets Holmes' singular skills at observation, deduction and concentration according to B [...]


    26. Having just finished Rudyard Kipling's Kim, I was delighted to learn about this book which seemed to combine some elements of the story of Kim with a tale about the missing years in the life of Sherlock Holmes, after his supposed death in the fall from Reichenbach Falls with Moriarty. The story is narrated by the often humorous Huree Chunder Mookerjee (Kim's friend, the Bengali spy. He is assigned to keep an eye on the Norwegian traveler, Sigerson. After Sigerson meets up with Captain Strickland [...]


    27. I enjoyed this, I guess--at least, enough to read the whole thing. But it alsoed me. The first half is fairly straightforward Holmes stuff, only with a character from Rudyard Kipling's Kim taking the place of Watson. But then a little past the halfway mark it becomes more like an adventure novel with mystical elements than a mystery, and Holmes just.n't seem much like Holmes anymore. I might have liked this more if I had read Kim, or at least had some familiarity with it. And I might have liked [...]


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