Tuesday, 14th July 2020

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The Book Review - This Flawless Place Between

The Book Review - This Flawless Place Between

By Bruno Portier - Paperback - €11

If you fancy reading something a bit different, writer and film maker Bruno Portier may have written just the book.

Americans Anne and her partner, Evan, leave Anne’s small daughter with the grandparents so that the couple can go on a 3 week motorbike tour of Tibet.

Whilst away, things go awry for the two holidaymakers and so 'The Flawless Place Between' traces their respective onward journeys.

I’m going to try hard not to give away any more than the jacket does, but since the book is based around 'The Tibetan Book of the Dead' (or Bardo Thodol Chenmo to give it its original title) at least one of the plot points is pretty hard to hide. The name of the novel itself refers to a state that Buddhists believe the soul exists in between the death of the earthly body and reincarnation.

Basically Portier wanted to bring the philosophical teachings to a wider audience and hit upon the idea of incorporating them into
a novel.

This Flawless Place Between has an ethereal other-worldliness about it.


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