By Qiu Xiaolong
“Dark, gorgeous…feels authentically chinese language and it really works like a charm.” --Washington put up booklet World on A Case of 2 Cities
Chief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police division is offered a little luxurious through buddies and supporters in the occasion – a week’s holiday at a sumptuous inn close to Lake Tai, a week the place he can sit back, and recuperate, undisturbed by means of outdoors calls for or disruptions. regrettably, the as soon as attractive Lake Tai, well known for its transparent waters, is now coated by way of fetid algae, its waters polluted by means of poisonous runoff from neighborhood production crops. Then the director of 1 of the producing plants responsible for the toxins is murdered and the chief of the neighborhood ecological staff is the first suspect of the neighborhood police. Now Inspector Chen needs to tread conscientiously if he is to discover the truth behind the brutal homicide and discover a degree of justice for either the sufferer and the accused.
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Extra resources for Don't Cry, Tai Lake (Inspector Chen Cao, Book 7)
As feisty as he was, the boy often became overwhelmed by the attention. When the caravan arrived at a village along the route, hundreds or thousands of Tibetans often waited, thronging the road and asking for his blessing, causing the four-year-old to break into tears. ” Still days away from the capital, the boy shed his peasant clothes for the last time and was dressed in the maroon-and-gold robes of a Buddhist monk. Then the Mendel Tensum was performed, in which the boy was presented with a reliquary, a scripture, and a statuette of the Buddha of Long Life, gifts appropriate to a high lama.
It was a remarkable document. Dog-eared copies of it were passed around in Tibetan villages for years, and the young Fourteenth Dalai Lama would study it nightly to learn the intricacies of Tibetan grammar. The death of a Dalai Lama has always been a deeply traumatic event for Tibetans. The state is always most vulnerable in the time—traditionally ranging between nine and twenty-four months—that the search for the new incarnation is carried out and a successor named. ) The nervous anticipation that all Tibetans feel on the death of their Precious Protector flows partly from the fatal and scarred history of the Dalai Lamas.
As anywhere, numbers translated into power. The monasteries also doubled as universities, offering the only real education that peasant children could hope for, while at the same time owning huge tracts of land and collecting revenues that dwarfed the government budget. Buddhism was much more than a state religion; it was the sole reason for Tibet’s existence. The faith became the institution around which all other things in the society were molded: the economy, the military (or lack thereof), foreign policy, domestic policy.