A Montreal journalist goes to England to investigate the life of his great uncle, Edmund Candler, who reported for the London Daily Mail on the 1903 British invasion of Tibet, land of magic and roof of the world. What Candler found in the rare air of the Himalayas was not what he expected. His friendship with the captured Tibetan peasant, Sarge (an anagram of Gesar, great Tibetan warrior), turns his life upside down and inside out. Richard Gere should make a film of this book.A novel based on the 1903 British invasion of Tibet.
Zen and the art of the word...and tap dancing. No really, all my work is involved, not only with character and plot but language as well, for I love language, its lilt and tilt and sway. I read everything by: Beckett, Joyce, Conrad, Garcia Marquez, Ondaatje, Don McKay (Canadian poet), Billy Collins, Li Po, Tu Fu, Basho, Su Tung Po and other Japanese and Chinese traditional poets. I could go on and on, and will. I'm also a Buddhist and meditator, not that I write about that but it infuses everything I write. I've taught creative writing at University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and about five other schools. I studied with Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure and Robert Duncan at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado in summer, 1976. A life-changing event for me and my writing. I also read everything by Pema Chodron, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. I write everything: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, government speeches, high tech bumpf for marketing but I always do it from the point of view of storytelling. There's always a story to tell. That's why I love history -- history is nothing but stories.