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Interesting account of the dynamics found between modern day China Han , Tibetan culture and customs, and Western influence Although the novel is a fiction, it s topic and content are heavily weighted in reality and have a significant impact on the reader.For a dumbed down explanation, think of it as a Tibetan Indiana Jones minus the whip. This is the second Inspector Shan book that I have read, and I am hooked on this series Inspector Shan is a disgraced former Beijing Inspector who lives, without stats or official identity, with forbidden llamas in Tibet He is told by Chinese officials to investigate a murder in a remote monastery site and, the investigation quickly leads him to the world of Buddhist art as essential to teaching the religion and way of life Shan must carry out his work while continually aware of the tensions between his assigned job, the needs of the Tibetan people, and his own tenuous life without official status Pattison writes very well, and the story moves along intriguingly His characters are highly developed without the use of cliches His book is infused with the effect of the invasion and occupation of Chinese forces into Tibet on the people and culture of that country I usually don t care to read detailed descriptions of settings other than what s needed to place the characters and story in a mystery Pattison weaves descriptions of locations and Buddhist artworks into the story beautifully, and, without them, Beautiful Ghosts wouldn t be the book that it is This very, very good read makes me want to learn about Tibet, it s people and Buddhism, as well as to read all of the Inspector Shan series. By now the pattern of the plots of these Inspector Shan mysteries is well established We ve got the official from Beijing who is corrupt and criminal, who will stop at nothing to achieve his aims We ve got the Chinese official who is the good socialist, who initially appears to be an enemy of Inspector Shan, but in the end proves to be an honest ally We have the misguided American who during the course of the book is converted to the wisdom and peace of Buddhism And, of course, we have Shan, the former inspector from Beijing who lost everything when he ran afoul of a powerful figure in the Chinese government and was sent to a work camp in Tibet, which proved to be his spiritual salvation And we have Tan, who in my opinion is one of the most interesting characters in these books He was the official in charge of the work camp that Shan was assigned to and it was he who authorized Shan s unofficial release after the prisoner helped him solve a mystery at the camp Moreover, in this book, we have a repetition of the action of the previous novels, in that Shan and his two Buddhist teachers Gendun and Lokesh accompany an expedition on a turgid progression through caves and tunnels in the mountains of Tibet Those caves and tunnels are filled with the most preposterously elaborate Buddhist temples and treasures that are guarded by secret groups of the faithful who manage to keep Buddhism alive in the face of the strong opposition of the Chinese government These travels continue endlessly almost literally, it seems and nothing much ever happens except that old Tibetans frequently give small cries of delight or groans of despair and knowing glances are passed routinely among those in the know If I had a dollar for every time an old Tibetan or an old lama cries or groans in this book, I could probably go to dinner and a movie Really, the whole thing gets extremely tedious after a while.The first half of the book seemed utterly muddled and confusing to me, but it improved in the second half once the mystery part of the novel actually got under way The writing seemed at least marginally sharper and better plotted.The mystery begins at the ancient ruins of the Zhoka monastery where hill people have gathered for a celebration of the Dalai Lama s birthday Local herders bring in a body of one of their own and claim that he was murdered by godkillers Then Surya, a monk who is a talented artist and an old friend of Gendun s, appears, covered in blood and announces that he has killed a man and that, therefore, he is No a monk No a human Confusion reigns and the ensuing investigation brings Shan s old nemesis and savior Colonel Tan into the picture Before they reach the resolution of the mystery, murders will be revealed and will occur, one of them in far away Seattle And the source of all this evil will be revealed to be greed for the possession of art and the theft of the unique art from some of those aforementioned decorated caves Shan finds himself teamed with an FBI agent named Corbett in trying to solve the crimes and bring a little justice to both their worlds.One other spanner thrown into the works here is the introduction of Shan s son, Ko, whom he had not seen since he was a small child He is now a young man of nineteen and a criminal, sent to work coal mines in Tibet Shan is promised an opportunity to meet him if he will aid the investigation, but when he does meet him, he seems to be a cruel sociopath with no redeeming qualities More pain for a father who has already borne so much pain In the end, things are, if not totally resolved, at least moved forward and, yes, a kind of rough justice is achieved The ending between Shan and his son is actually quite moving.The character of Shan is a sympathetic one and Colonel Tan is intriguing, and so I do find myself caring, almost against my will, about what happens in these books In the past, I have given the author a pass on the confusion of his plots, putting it down to my unfamiliarity with the philosophy of Buddhism, but that pass has expired I read books all the time about cultures I m not familiar with and have no problem understanding them, when they are clearly written Obfuscation rather than enlightenment, though, seems to be the aim of Pattison in this series and that is annoying The other possibility is that he s just not a very good writer. Ever had a book that ended so perfectly that you were moved to tears Read this one and you can add it to your short list. This is the fourth in the series where Shan., the Han from Beijing who was sent to the Gulag in Tibet because he was too honest, helps his Tibetan Buddhist monk mentors, Lokesh and Gendlun The usual plot comes forth, there is a misguided American who is converted to the peace of wonders of Buddhism, Corbett, the artist FBI man, an official from the Chinese government who is criminal and corrupt in this case Ming, stealing art, and a Chinese official who is a good socialist mean at first but honest in the end, Yao There is the turgid progression where everyone finds preposterously elaborate Buddhist temples in caves with riches, and traveling around doing nothing But I always care about Shan and delight in the worldview of the Buddhist joy of present time I love the poems he writes to his dead father and burns to heavens. I have a theory the first of these novels has a lower average rating than the later ones Not, I think, because it s worse than the others, but because while many may pick up the first book of this series, only the ones who like the first book stick with it I know, I know but did I say it was a groundbreaking theory And you really should read these books in the right order And I think if you love this series, you love it wholeheartedly But then, I can only speak for myself.For some reason, I found the beginning of this book extremely confusing for the first 100 pages or so I had no idea what was going on and what had happened So I just read on to see where the book would take me I don t know whether it was intended to be that way, or if it was just me being a bit too tired or too dumb, but either way, it didn t take away my enjoyment of the book After a murder is discovered during a celebration of the Dalai Lama s birthday, the murder investigation turns into a treasure hunt, including the search of a mysterious gompa with secret passages and riddles and everything I really enjoyed that part of the story But at this point it s clear that the main appeal of the series aren t the crime plots, but the people and the places It was very interesting to see the change in Corbett and Yao as the story progressed, and Tan, too, is a fascinating character I also love seeing things through Shan s eyes it s very different from the way we see things, sometimes, and still also different from the way Tibetans see things, so he s in a kind of in between position His visit to the US was a startling read I think Pattison does a great job at conveying these different ways of seeing things The most touching if also very saddening part of this book was the relationship between Shan and his son And while the solution was maybe a little too convenient and not what would really happen, well, so is what happens to Shan at the end of the first book and it s not like it still wasn t heartbreaking Only two books left. An Inspector Shan mystery set in Tibet.It starts off in the same muddled and confusing way that I remember from The Skull Mantra, but it improves the 2nd half of the book is well plotted and tense, the ending is very moving.The story involves art theft and the looting of ancient places in Tibet, an ancient ruined monastery, a Chinese emperor and his nephew of than 200 years ago, and most intriguing, Shan s son who he has not seen since he was a small boy.I was interested in the mudras which are symbolic gestures made by arranging the hands and fingers in prescribed patterns to represent a specific prayer, offering, or state of mind This seems so simple but powerful, a way for the Tibetans to hold on to who they are. Yet another marvelous excursion by Pattison into the world of Tibetan Religion, Chinese oppression and Western Indifference This particular foray into the evolving world of Comrade Shan confronts Tibetan Art and the avaricious nature of collectors indifferent to the meaning and importance of the art Once again Pattison astounds with his understanding and sympathy to Buddhism and Tibet as well as his keen insights into the warped vision of totalitarian states. Deutsch English review below 3.5 SterneAuch der vierte Band der Inspektor Shan Reihe entf hrt einen wieder in das geheimnisvolle Tibet Die politische Lage hat sich nicht ver ndert und nach wie vor haben die Tibeter unter der Willk r und Grausamkeit chinesischer Beh rden zu leiden Die Geschichte entwickelt sich diesmal etwas schneller und im Zentrum steht nicht nur ein Mord, sondern auch ein gro er Kunstraub Es ist durchweg spannend und ich habe mich weniger schwer getan als bei den letzten B nden die mir dennoch gut gefallen haben Auch die Verbindung von buddhistischen Lehren und Kriminalfall gelingt Pattison wieder sehr gut Allerdings waren die Antagonisten doch sehr stereotyp Wirklich dreidimensional oder wirklich nachvollziehbar sind sie nicht Dennoch eine unterhaltsame und ber hrende Geschichte mit politischer Botschaft English 3.5 starsThis 4th installment in the Inspector Shan series invites the reader again to delve into the beautiful and mysterious country of Tibet The political situation has not changed and the Tibetans still suffer from the cruelty and despotism of Chinese officials The story develops quickly in this one and features not only murder, but also a big art theft It is gripping throughout and wasn t as hard for me to get into as the former books were I still enjoyed those, too Pattison again manages to combine buddhist teachings and a murder mystery However, the antagonists are very stereotypical They lack depth and their motives are not entirely comprehensible Hur, dur, I m evil Still, it is an entertaining and touching story with a political message. `FREE DOWNLOAD ☠ Beautiful Ghosts ⇪ Disgraced Former Beijing Inspector Shan Tao Yun Has Been Living In The Remote Mountains Of Tibet Since His Unofficial Release From A Work Camp Without Status, Official Identity, Or The Freedom To Return To His Former Home In Beijing, He S Lived With The Forbidden Lamas For The Past Year But Now There S Apparently Been A Murder In A Ruined Monastery And The Very Officials Who Exiled Shan Are After His Help In A Baffling Case Involving The FBI, Chinese Ministers, And British Relief Workers, Shan Travels From Tibet To Beijing To The U S To Find The Links Between Murder, Missing Art, His Former Gulag, And His Own Long Unseen Son