The Odyssey Illustrated Guide to Tibet sets itself apart from other guidebooks on Central and Western Tibet with its narrative and artistic focus. While Odyssey Tibet covers many (if not all) the same topics as standard guidebooks, it also explores some lesser known sites ranging from the Tsedang Elementary School to the Shigatse Gold, Silver, and Craft Factory. As the title states, this book is an illustrated guide to Tibet, meaning descriptions of places are supplemented with pictures of many of the images, symbols, and sights a traveler will encounter at any given location.
There are three main parts of Odyssey Tibet. The first provides background information about Tibet and provides useful information for preparing to go to Tibet. The second describes the sights and logistics for a series of particular places like Lhasa, Shigatse, Tsedang, etc. The final section of the book provides supplemental details about language, festivals, and address information for hotels and other services in Central Tibet. Dispersed throughout the book are "Special Topic" and "Excerpt" sections. Typically these sections are short essays provide more depth and perspective on a given topic, such as one author's emotional experience when arriving in Lhasa or details about Milarepa, Tibet's most celebrated spiritual figure. (Zach Rowinski 2008-3-5)