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A Story of Karma by Michael Schauch
WINNER of the 2021 Readers Favorite Book Award
A Story of Karma: Finding Love and Truth in the Lost Valley of the Himalaya
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 confusing dichotomies and backdrop of Karma’s 17th-century Himalayan village; the impoverished and polluted Kathmandu; and the modern world of Vancouver, Canada.
“An intriguing tale that entwines exploration and education. Schauch has a lively and involving narrative voice, and he’s adept at conveying the combination of detail and wonder that one looks for in the best travel writing.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“An inspiration to all as we set out again to explore the world of spirit, culture and adventure.” (Wade Davis, author of several books including Magdalena: River of Dreams and Into the Silence)
A Story of Karma is Michael Schauch’s impassioned travel-memoir to the lost valley deep in the heart of the Himalayan Mountains. Writing from the heart with depth, he draws out a kaleidoscope of color and culture, which results in a book that is riveting and deeply moving.
What I love about travel-memoirs is the experience of ‘seeing’ a place I will probably never visit. A Story of Karma does exactly that. Mike’s candid description of his visit to Nepal is told not only in detail, but with honest and moving emotions that he and his wife, Chantal, go through. This journey starts with the aim of climbing a pyramid peak, and two years of preparation are poured into getting them physically fit for the strenuous adventure. However, it is not long into their quest before both Mike and Chantal start questioning why they are really there. The people, who dwell in the lost valley of Phu, emanate peace and altruistic love, while exemplifying endurance and tenacity. Living a life of such simplicity as to make us ponder the extravagance in which we live. Thought-provoking and very, very moving, this odyssey into a forgotten world will touch your spirit.
Michael Schauch has been able to capture his thoughts and experiences of his expedition in Nepal in a way that is both gripping and a pleasure to read. Masterfully composed, the writing flows and I was hooked from beginning to end. A Story of Karma: Finding Love and Truth in the Lost Valley of the Himalaya by Michael Schauch is an extremely stunning and cinematic memoir and comes very highly recommended by Chick Lit Café. Buy today to broaden your knowledge, and to experience a way of life that is fading from history!
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A Story of Karma – WINNER of 2021 Readers Favorite Book Award (Non-Fiction Adventure)
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