“I took my time with Samsara. Historically informed, Abramczyk explores the turmoil of Maoist tensions in Nepal and the Tibetan struggle. As the storyline unfolds, you become drawn into the world of erratic ex-drug smuggling Jack and the unfolding love-hate relationship between Jupiter and fiery Maya . Action-packed, raw and almost autobiographical in nature, I would highly recommend Samsara. A fantastic read – intuitive, sensitive and graphic, it explores the life of ex-pats and Nepalese alike in Nepal with gritty detail. A complex and well-thought out storyline. Looking forward to the next book.”
“I am not a literary critic and rarely write reviews, but I so thoroughly enjoyed “Samsara” that I wanted to recommend it to others here. The three main characters were each highly developed, and I quickly came to identify and empathize with each of them as they struggled to overcome their troubled pasts and climb their own inner mountains, while together climbing toward a mountain pass in the Himalayas. Abramczyk shows that he knows what the art of literature is all about when he uses Tibetan culture and Buddhism to generate powerful symbolism, and to provide a compelling backdrop for the narrative.
The main characters face danger and obstacles at every turn as the story delves deeper into their pasts to reveal the reasons why the unlikely trio came to be together, but the author simultaneously provides a steady dose of hilarity that beautifully counterbalances the more serious themes, and that kept me laughing the whole way. As such, I found Samsara to be reminiscent of Edward Abbey’s, ” The Monkey Wrench Gang”.
Samsara is a fast-paced and exciting book. At 600 pages, it is a lengthy novel, but you’ll read it quickly because you’ll find yourself returning to it every spare moment.”
“I enjoyed this book a lot! The story is exciting and it makes you want to skip your meals and sleep. I always appreciate when I can learn something from the literature that I read in my spare time. There are plenty of facts about Tibetan and Nepali history and lots of interesting details about Buddhism. I found the narrative lively and exciting.”