From Xinran's website:
'SKY BURIAL n. a traditional Tibetan funeral ritual in which the corpse is exposed to the open air to be eaten by sacred vultures.'
"In the early 1960s a rumour circulated through China that one of its soldiers in Tibet had been brutally fed to vultures. Xinran was a little girl: the tale frightened and fascinated her. Thirty years later, she met a Chinese woman who could tell her the astonishing story that lay behind the legend. Her name was Shuwen and she had spent most of her adult life lost on the Tibetan plateau. . . "
There was a lot of discussion generated from reading this book. It is a little book ..... under 200 pages and therefore a quick read, full of descriptive language .... and scenes that will haunt you long after reading it. On the whole, it is a beautiful story ..... one we all enjoyed.