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My Journey to Lhasa (1927)

by Alexandra David-Néel

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I bought this book at a small book store on the main street in Leh, Ladakh, India after completing a wintertime camping trip in the foothills of the Himalayas. I couldn't resist reading about a white woman's efforts to walk to the forbidden city of Lhasa in the 1920's. I read it on the flight home, and it really felt true to my experiences. The mountains, frozen rivers, passes, and desert conditions were harsh but gorgeous. Her running river crossings on what were basically zip lines were terrifying to read about, as were her encounters with bandits. She was always sturggling to avoid her disguise being penetrated, as well as to just survive in harsh conditions. She'd studied Tibetan, was a Buddist, and had a semi local travelling companion, but she had to think on her feet and do some personally distasteful things in order to throw off suspicion. I'm hoping to dig up some of her other books about her time as a hermit in the mountains, her writing is evocative and spirited and very readable. ( )
  silentq | Mar 21, 2013 |
Expérience intéressante de découverte d'une terre "inconnue" à l'époque par une véritable aventurière. Le style est tout de même très empesé et peut nuire à la lecture. Typiquement 19ème. ( )
  Replay | May 5, 2010 |
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In any time, Alexandra David-Neel would have been considered an extraordinary woman, but in the Victorian era, she was truly exceptional. Born in 1868, David-Neel eschewed the dances, dinners, and formal marriages common to women of her era and social standing in order to indulge her fierce independence and insatiable intellectual curiosity. Her interest in comparative religions dated back to early childhood; even as a student in a Catholic convent school, she kept statues of both Christ and the Buddha in her room. She made her first trip to Asia in 1891, then supported herself as a light-opera singer and journalist before marrying a seemingly conventional man, Philip Neel. Fortunately for both Alexandra David-Neel and for posterity, Philip was less stodgy than his position as a well-off engineer might imply; though he did not accompany her, he supported his wife's explorations and even acted as her literary agent when she began to write about the places she visited. Alexandra and Philip remained the closest of friends until his death in 1941.

David-Neel spent years traveling in India and China, but perhaps her most daring adventure was the trip to Tibet's forbidden city of Lhasa. She was 55 years old at the time, fluent in Tibetan and well versed in both Sanskrit and Buddhism. Disguised as a man, she spent four treacherous months on the road before finally becoming the first European woman ever to enter Lhasa. My Journey to Lhasa is David-Neel's own account of her astounding journey, one fraught with hardship and danger. It is both a chronicle of a bygone time and a testimonial to a remarkable human.

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"In 1923 a stout fifty-five-year-old Frenchwoman named Madame Alexandra David-Neel, a former opera singer and a dedicated student of the East, disguised herself as a male pilgrim and ascended to the ancient Tibetan city of Lhasa. Her classic account of her adventure was first published in 1927."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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2 editions of this book were published by Voland Edizioni.

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