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Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer

Seven Years in Tibet (1953)

by Heinrich Harrer

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I found this quite hard going, with unexciting prose. Possibly a poor translation of what promised to be an interesting book? ( )
  cazfrancis | Oct 16, 2015 |
  rouzejp | Sep 2, 2015 |
Wasn't expecting to like this book, but I did. ( )
  pussreboots | Jul 20, 2014 |
While reading Seven Years in Tibet, Heinrich Harrer's sublime work of travel literature, I was struck by a disturbing question. Has the epitaph for travel literature already been written?

For centuries, armchair travelers have marveled at the tales of adventurers who have traveled to distant lands. From the works of Marco Polo and Ibn al-Battuta to the invaluable works of Charles Darwin to the amazing stories of Thor Hyerdahl, travel writers have taken readers to places they could only imagine, told stories of exotic people and extraordinary cultures.

But with the relatively recent advent of cheap flights, social media, the Internet and, most devastatingly, globalization, is the era of travel... real exploratory travel... finished? Well, until the advent of interplanetary travel, I think it just might be.

Let introduce the book and then let me explain.

In Seven Years in Tibet, Heinrich Harrer takes us inside one of the most insular cultures ever to exist on this planet. Not only was the Tibet that Harrer visited suspicious of outsiders, it had the luxury of being nestled on the other side of the almost impassable Himalayan mountain chain. When Harrer entered the country in the middle of the Second World War as an escaped POW he became one of only a handful of Europeans who had ever gained access to Tibet. Over his seven years in the country (just in case the title wasn't clear on that) he would meet less than a dozen other Europeans (conversely, I met over a dozen western expats on my first night in taiwan in 2002). There is literally no place on earth left that hasn't felt the impact of Western culture (aka globalization). In that sense, Harrer was given the rare opportunity to see one of the last nations on the planet completely untouched by the Western world prior to the Great Flattening.

To read the rest of this review please visit my blog: http://www.taiwaneastcoaster.blogspot.tw/2013/07/seven-years-in-tibet.html
2 vote TaiwanRyan | Jul 18, 2013 |
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Heinrich Harrerprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fleming, PeterIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Graves, RichardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jordan, K. C.Mapsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oldenburg Ermke, Fr. vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Originally published in 1953, this adventure classic recounts Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer's 1943 escape from a British internment camp in India, his daring trek across the Himalayas, and his happy sojourn in Tibet, then, as now, a remote land little visited by foreigners. Warmly welcomed, he eventually became tutor to the Dalai Lama, teenaged god-king of the theocratic nation. The author's vivid descriptions of Tibetan rites and customs capture its unique traditions before the Chinese invasion in 1950, which prompted Harrer's departure. A 1996 epilogue details the genocidal havoc wrought over the past half-century.

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"Seven Years in Tibet" is the extraordinary true story of how a young Austrian adventurer became tutor and friend to the Dalai Lama. This timeless story illuminates Eastern culture, as well as the childhood of His Holiness and the current plight of Tibetans. A major motion picture will feature Brad Pitt in the lead role of Heinrich Harrer.… (more)

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