This is an account of how Leighton and Feynman tried to get to Tannu Tuva, a tiny, once independent country in Soviet Siberia. Their correspondence with the Tuvans, their interest in Hoomei and the Tuvan singing style that involves producing two notes simultaneously are described in this book. Throughout their struggles with Soviet bureaucracy and ...
This is an account of how Leighton and Feynman tried to get to Tannu Tuva, a tiny, once independent country in Soviet Siberia. Their correspondence with the Tuvans, their interest in Hoomei and the Tuvan singing style that involves producing two notes simultaneously are described in this book. Throughout their struggles with Soviet bureaucracy and their dealings with Soviet scientists and Western anthropologists, Radio Moscow and the Gothenburg Historical Museum, Feynman was fighting a losing battle with cancer. Their quest ended in triumph and sadness. Shortly before the Soviet Academy of Sciences formally invited Feynman to visit Novosibirsk, Moscow - and Tuva - he died. This is the third and last of the trilogy of books that chronicle the "adventures of a curious character", the first two being "Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman!" and "What do You Care What Other People Think?".
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Many moons ago I enjoyed listening to Mario Kaseta's music show on KPFK - he was typically reliable to spin the tamburitza music of my youth along with other gems in languages I do not speak. Then came the day Ralph Leighton visited sharing what sounded like 3rd-gen cassettes of other-worldly vocals from the far-off tiny Asian-Soviet land of Tuva. Like others I was instantly enchanted by Tuvan throat signing and ended up throwing a "Tuva or Bust" bumper sticker on my Ford Fiesta. Luckily Ralph Leighton chronicled his dear friend and mentor Richard Feynman's passionate quest to visit Tuva, in what could be described as a road trip through years of bureaucracy, and cultural exchange through international post and Russian-Mongolian to Russian-English dictionaries (all this while Feynman was solving the cause of the Challenger malfunction and battling cancer). Sadly Richard Feynman never made it to Tuva, nor did he live to experience Kongar-Ool Ondar perform as part of the first Mongolian cultural display. This book was an adventure in itself and a fun, inspiring read elevating the Tuvan mystique. If you?re a fan of Richard Feynman or exotic lands and sounds by all means pick up Tuva or Bust.
Publishers Weekly, 1992-06-01 In a high-spirited tale of adventure and heartbreak, Leighton travels to a remote corner of Mongolia on behalf of his dying friend, the late physicist Feynman. Illustrated. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1991-02-22 As a kid, physicist Richard Feynman collected triangular postage stamps from Tannu Tuva, a remote, mountain-capped fastness in Mongolia. In adulthood, a chance conversation with fellow drummer and coauthor Leighton ( What Do You Care What Other People Think? ) kindled their yearning for this exotic land of nomads, yaks and camels, nominally independent from 1921 to 1944 and now part of the U.S.S.R. The duo spent a frustrating decade trying to get to Tannu Tuva, dickering with Soviet officials while Feynman, who died in 1988, also coped with recurring cancer and investigated the Challenger space shuttle disaster for NASA. Only Leighton would ultimately make the long-sought pilgrimage to Tannu Tuva, where he was serenaded with songs by ethnographer Ondar Daryma, who wages a ``one-man crusade to preserve Tuvan culture.'' (A vinyl record of xoomei --Tuvan throat-singing in which one singer, incredibly, intones two melodies at once--comes as an insert with the book). Animated by irrepressible high spirits, this serendipitous saga is a tale of adventure, heartbreak and rare friendship. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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