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Seven Years In Tibet by Heinrich Harrer

Seven Years In Tibet (original 1952; edition 2000)

by Heinrich Harrer

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Title:Seven Years In Tibet
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Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer (1952)


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40 pages of photographs.
  iwb | May 1, 2017 |
An amazing journey to Tibet in the circumstances of war and then flight from under the fear of war -- and in between Tibet transforms from a backwards third-world country to a rich, intriguing adopted home. The anthropological insights into Tibetan culture and spirituality make this book incredibly fascinating. Although written many years ago, His Holiness' personality sounds much the same today as when he was younger. I envy the author for getting the chance to experience a beautiful, free Tibet!!! ( )
  dewbertb | Jan 26, 2016 |
This is a classic account written by a German POW escapee who trekked across the Himalayas and through Tibet to claim asylum in the capital city. He eventually became friend and tutor to the young Dalai Lama. There is surprisingly little of the politics of World War Two despite that being the reason for his journey. Later in the book he does comment a little on the Chinese invasion of Tibet and the (still ongoing) political situation there. It is an incredible story and fascinating to read of this most closed of countries. There are detailed descriptions of the way of life of peasants along his route to Lassa as well as the monks and nobles of the city. I can't help but wonder what Tibet would be like today if the Dalai Lama had been able to carry out his plans for modernisation uninterrupted by the Chinese. ( )
  eclecticdodo | Jan 26, 2016 |
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 |
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By the end of August 1939 we had completed our reconnaissance.
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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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