Every Lost Country

Every Lost Country

Book - 2010
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"This novel is inspired by an incident that happened in 2006 on the border between Nepal and Chinese-occupied Tibet. A group of mountain climbers saw Chinese border guards pursing and killing Tibetans fleeing from Nepal. The climbers allegedly debated whether to report the attack or to continue with their expedition. Author Steven Heighton uses this incident as a starting point for a novel of suspense about loyalty, human failings, and what love requires. From the one of Canada's finest writers, author of AFTERLANDS, comes a fantastic adventure with strong female characters."--Publisher
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Alfred A. Knopf, c2010.
ISBN: 9780307397393
Branch Call Number: HEIGH
Characteristics: 330 p. : maps ; 22 cm.


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VaughanPLDavidB Jan 31, 2018

A good story that could have been so much better if the author had left out the pointless secondary plot of the Wade Lawson character trying to reach the summit. But then, I find the whole idea of climbing mountains pointless. The only purpose that character should serve is to provide a reason for Lewis, Sophie, and Amaris to be there. Wade Lawson's story was of zero interest to me.

Apr 02, 2016

An interesting and action filled book, based loosely on actual events from a few years ago. To me it's a bit of a lost opportunity to tell an important story – the events which occur in the novel are over the top and not really believable. As well, some of the characters are very clichéd (e.g. Lawson – the climber.) Still worth the read if you're looking for an action story in an exotic location.

Aug 01, 2012

A compelling read about heroism and the moral implications of being a bystander.

Feb 23, 2012

This was a wonderfully gripping read about what can happen after an unthinking action. I do not know how loosely it is based on an actual event but how it all turned out is almost unbelievable. I guess truth is actually stranger than fiction.

Jun 21, 2011

As noted above, this is based on a real incident; nonetheless it's a great gripping yarn that stretches our credulity. It is also a hard read - even tension throughout becomes somewhat wearying despite the very sympathetic characters.
As also noted, the ending seemed contrived but acceptable.

Cdnbookworm Apr 18, 2011

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 intends to climb a mountain near the Nepal-Tibet border. Their base camp is within sight of the border. One day a group of Tibetans tries to cross the border while being chased by Chinese soldiers. Sophie has always been one to support the disenfranchised and she is compelled to record what is happening. One of the guides, Kaljang, leads her to safety behind some rocks. Sophie's father Lew however is also compelled to help those in need and when he sees some of the refugees are injured he crosses the border with his medical bag and goes to help. Amaris is also compelled to record what is happening and the Chinese grab her and her camera and take her and Lew with the Tibetan prisoners back down from the pass to China.
Lawson is angry at the situation and refuses to let the circumstances affect his climb. Against advice from others, he continues toward the mountain's summit.
Sophie, however, is worried about her father and what he might do, and decides she must act.
As we get caught up in the plight of the refugees and their individual stories, we also see how the relationship between Lew and Sophie changes, and how Amaris is forced to deal with her past after running from it for years. The story is compelling and the characters interesting and with depth. This is a great read and highly recommended.

Jun 20, 2010

great read.....loved the writing.....a little rushed at the end

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