Posts Tagged ‘review’

“A rich tapestry of narratives,” says Uyghur human rights activist

"A rich tapestry of narratives," says Uyghur human rights activist

“[Tamm's] prose and dry wit, which earned him the 2011 Ottawa Book Award for Non-fiction, sustains readers masterfully through a grand scope of nearly 500 pages,” writers human rights activist Amy Reger in a book review in the Asian Sentinel.


Ottawa Book Award for Nonfiction Winner

Ottawa Book Award for Nonfiction Winner

At the National Library and Archives, Mayor Jim Watson announced that I won the 2011 Ottawa Book Award for Non-fiction, beating out literary and journalistic heavyweights Charlotte Gray, Tim Cook, Roy McGregor, and Martin Lawrence. The award jury said it was a book “which combines vivid travelogue, historic inquiry and personal essay, richly rewards readers with a rare blend of epic sweep and intimate meditation.”


“A truly inspired journey…” – Kirkus Review

"A truly inspired journey..." - Kirkus Review

A well-edited work chronicling a truly inspired journey, leaving readers hopeful about Chinese progress as well as full of questions.


“A fascinating, sweeping combination of history and travelogue…”

"A fascinating, sweeping combination of history and travelogue..."

Eric Enno Tamm’s The Horse That Leaps Through Clouds: A Tale of Espionage, the Silk Road, and the Rise of Modern China (Douglas & McIntyre) is a fascinating, sweeping combination of history and travelogue… [a] compulsively readable book.


“A wonderfully fat new work of travel and history…” – The Diplomat

"A wonderfully fat new work of travel and history..." - The Diplomat

A sophisticated journalist indeed, Mr. Tamm gathers observations like gemstones as he crosses “a gauntlet of political and geographical extremes, including some of the world’s hottest deserts, highest mountains and cruellest dictatorships” stretching 17,000 kilometres. – Book review by George Fetherling in The Diplomat.


One of 15 outstanding books of 2010 – Georgia Straight

One of 15 outstanding books of 2010 - Georgia Straight

Writers at Vancouver’s Georgia Straight picked 15 books that “did the most to capture our imagination and get us talking… they’ve stuck with us the closest, and loom largest in our memory.” The Horse That Leaps Through Clouds was picked as one of them. Here’s what the reviewer Alexander Varty has to say:


“a brilliantly complex piece of non-fiction storytelling” – TheTyee.ca

"a brilliantly complex piece of non-fiction storytelling" - TheTyee.ca

TheTyee.ca recommends The Horse That Leaps Through Clouds for “the person who likes to read spy stories alone in Chinese restaurants.” The reviewer goes on: “A Russian agent sets forth on orders to document China’s modernization and is stunned to see what’s going on there — in 1906. That yarn is intertwined with Tamm’s first-hand reporting on China today in a brilliantly complex piece of non-fiction storytelling.”


“A magnificently provocative book” – Georgia Straight

"A magnificently provocative book" - Georgia Straight

Once one of the world’s forgotten trade routes, the Silk Road has recently become so popular that there are more would-be travel journalists trekking the old camel trail than there are tractor trailers on the Coquihalla (way too many, in other words).


“His journey has tremendous scope and panache… serious, generous and enlightening”

"His journey has tremendous scope and panache... serious, generous and enlightening"

I began reading The Horse That Leaps Through Clouds mindful of Pankaj Mishra’s recent comment that “the societies I travelled through are too internally diverse to be summed up by broad generalizations of the kind preferred by policy-makers and op-ed columnists.” The premise of Eric Enno Tamm’s book, subtitled A Tale of Espionage, the Silk Road and the Rise of Modern China, invited similar skepticism but won me over on nearly every page.


In a spy’s footsteps, “relentless curiousity takes over”

In a spy's footsteps, "relentless curiousity takes over"

It’s a captivating ride in an area of the world that has gone largely unreported and Tamm is an engaging guide.


The beast that is China’s ruling party

The beast that is China's ruling party

Richard McGregor’s new book, The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers, should be required reading for anyone wanting to do any kind of business in China. His narrative unfolds like Peter Matthiessen’s Snow Leopard, in which the writer tracks the mysterious cat through the Himalayas. With every gripping anecdote, McGregor gets closer to capturing the essence of the Party, but in the end this “beast”, like the snow leopard, proves elusive.


A resolutely, bullishly inquisitive quest

A resolutely, bullishly inquisitive quest

An excerpt of a review by Jonathan Clements, the author of Mannerheim: President, Soldier, Spy: Author Eric Enno Tamm is a journalist with firm ecological credentials and no fear of rattling cages. Applying for a visa in Vancouver, Tamm finds his path blocked by Chinese officialdom, but this only spurs him even more to imitate [...]


Reader Review Contest

Reader Review Contest

My publisher Douglas & McIntyre and I are holding a reader review contest to help kick start the conversation about The Horse That Leaps Through Clouds. The first dozen people to upload a review on Amazon.ca will win a signed copy of The Horse That Leaps Through Clouds or my first book, Beyond The Outer Shores: The Untold Story of Ed Ricketts, the Pioneering Ecologist Who Inspired John Steinbeck and Joseph Campbell