Books: No Shangri-La

HIGH VALLEY (313 pp.)—Charmian Cliff & George Johnsfon—Bobbs-Merrill ($3).

The talkative peddler caused all the trouble when he told Salom, the Chinese youth just coming to manhood, about Tibet's "Valley of the Dreaming Phoenix." "Who lives there? Only nomads, my son. And peace. And happiness."

Young Salom's questions about the valley were tempered with a hard-earned skepticism. He knew Tibet; his father had been killed there. But the persistent peddler's picture of the fabulous valley, "a place where you can belong," made him decide to set out.

Four hard months later, Salom crossed the final range and got his first glimpse of the...