"Some books lure us into new lives and unexpected worlds. Here, the person is the author himself, Naktsang Nulo. . . . There is no other such an apolitical book, known to me, by a Tibetan living and working in Tibet. . . .Neither the Chinese nor the Tibetan diaspora will be able to claim that Naktsang’s memoir accords with their conflicting views of the nature of Tibet and its people – although official Chinese will dislike it more because it makes plain the cruelty of their soldiers during the later Fifties." — Jonathan Mirsky, High Peaks Pure Earth
“This unconventional memoir is a literary as well as historical treasure.” — Andrew J. Nathan, Foreign Affairs
“In this contested territory a voice such as that of Naktsang Nulo, author of My Tibetan Childhood, is extremely rare. . . . Naktsang’s is a shattering story, the only published account of the experience of ordinary families during the Chinese assertion of control in Amdo, or of the nomads’ doomed resistance against an overwhelming force of PLA regulars.” — Isabel Hilton, London Review of Books
“I can’t tell you how refreshing this book is. Religious life writing certainly has its own beauty, but it is really nice to read an autobiography that depicts the actions and concerns of people who are not elite religious practitioners. … So who should read this book? I’d say pretty much everyone interested in Tibet. It is obviously valuable for those interested in the history of twentieth century Sino-Tibetan conflict, but also gives important insight into pre-communist nomadic life.” — Geoff Barstow, The Lost Yak
"The book carries the reader along on a huge tidal wave of emotion. The beauty of the landscape, the compassion and love between individuals, and the cruelty and violence of daily life, combined with the high adventure of travel and escape, make this at times a real page-turner as well as a significant breakthrough in our understanding of the history of Amdo." — Wendy Palace, Asian Affairs
"With the publication of My Tibetan Childhood, this little known history is now available to a far wider audience. Anyone interested in modern Tibetan or Chinese history—scholars, students, and the general public alike—should be grateful." — Benno Ryan Weiner, Pacific Affairs
"This is an extraordinary book for the history it tells, made even more so by the fact that it was published originally in China. Naktsang Nulo . . . traces the first dozen years of his life, full of both joy and horror, in a riveting, matter-of-fact style without recriminations or judgments, making this autobiography all the more powerful."
— A. Tom Grunfeld, The China Journal
"With little comment or condemnation, [My Tibetan Childhood] records the price paid in lives and lifestyles by the author's family and community for their incorporation into modern China. . . . In many senses, it is a naive story, the chronicle of a world seen through a child's eyes. But to readers within Tibet, it was a revelation. It told of epochal events that had rarely if ever been described before in print." — Robert Barnett, from the introduction
"As Naktsang tells it, the 1950s were a time of tremendous change: violence, war, exile, survival, and life and death defined so much of the everyday in Amdo and indeed across much of the Tibetan plateau. Told from the perspective of a child, his tale takes us into the complex and at times violent world of Tibetan clans and chiefs. We travel with him and experience the dangers faced on the road: bandits, soldiers, ferocious storms and cold fronts, and hungry wolves. . . . [And we] learn much of the violence that accompanied the 'peaceful liberation' of Amdo and the subsequent 'reforms' in the late 1950s." — Ralph A. Litzinger, from the foreword
"Equipped with a superbly comprehensive introduction, this absorbing memoir of nomadic life in the 1950s takes us deep into a Tibetan world neglected by both official Chinese histories and narratives by Tibetans in exile. Few books on Tibet have been as revelatory as this one."
— Pankaj Mishra, author of From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia