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This was a wonderful and uplifting story of a traveller who went to climb a mountain but found it changed his life, and the local people he met. Due to the trials and tribulations of mountaineering, which itself makes a fascinating read, Mike and his wife Chantal meet and befriend a Nepalese family. This meeting changes both families lives and the future of a girl called Karma, so aptly named. A very interesting read, with fascinating pictures.
Maureen Gourlay, A LoveReading Ambassador
A deeply personal travel memoir that combines alpine adventure, family connections, and spiritual encounters in two very different worlds: a Himalayan village and Vancouver, Canada.
In 2012, Michael Schauch and his wife, Chantal, undertook an expedition deep in the Himalaya of northern Nepal, into a remote valley that had been closed off to outsiders for decades. They led a team of artists (a photographer, a musician, and a painter), with the objective of capturing a moment in time through their unique lenses. As a mountaineering fanatic, Michael had a second (and less conspicuous) goal to climb an unknown mountain he had only identified through a photograph. What unfolded in the mountains forced him to question his values and his own identity, and eventually resulted in meeting a little girl, which was the most profound encounter of his life. Little did either know that from that moment they would completely change the trajectory of each other’s life.
A Story of Karma recounts this journey, and the years that follow as Karma (the little girl), and Michael and Chantal grow their lives together amidst the complex dichotomies and backdrop of Karma’s 17th-century Himalayan village; the impoverished and polluted Kathmandu; and the modern world of Vancouver, Canada.
|Publication date:||1st October 2020|
|Publisher:||Rocky Mountain Books|
|Primary Genre||Indie Books We Love|
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
a heart-warming read that covers personal challenge and growth but focuses mainly on human connection, something that I think people have realised the importance of recently.
‘A Story of Karma: Finding Love and Truth in the Lost Valley of the Himalaya’ is a detailed and descriptive travel memoir that follows Michael and his wife Chantal as they embark on a mountain expedition that ends up changing their lives.
The writing is enticing and I enjoyed learning more about Michael and Chantal in the beginning, it was crafted in a way that sets the foundations for the rest of the novel instead of being the introductory preamble to get through before you reach the main focus of the book.
‘A Story of Karma’ is a heart-warming read that covers personal challenge and growth but focuses mainly on human connection, something that I think people have realised the importance of recently. The Schauch’s story: they travelled to climb mountains, but instead found something bigger, is one that will inspire you to look for new opportunities in your own life.
The photographs grouped throughout the book add another level of richness to the story, as you get to not only hear about Michael and Chantal’s experiences in Nepal and with Karma and her family, but also see glimpses of it too.
This is a book that I would recommend to anyone interested in mountaineering but also anyone interested in travel in general, as Michael portrays such respect and insight into the Nepali culture. An insightful book.