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My Journey to Lhasa (1927)

by Alexandra David-Néel

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Reprint of the Harper & Bros. original of 1927. The memoirs of a stout 55-year-old Frenchwoman who trekked in disguise for four months to become the first Western woman to reach Lhasa. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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A remarkable journey, by an extraordinary woman who led an epic life - for all of 100 years. The rigours, hardships and danger of travel in Tibet, towards the forbidden city of Lhasa, by Alexandra David-Neel and her adopted son, disguised as poor pilgrims is a fascinating read. The language and descriptions - with all credit to the anonymous translator, are vivid yet nuanced. ( )
1 vote DramMan | Sep 22, 2020 |
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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
David-Néel, Alexandraprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bervoets, HildeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bstan-ʾdzin-rgya-mt… Dalai Lama XIVForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
D'Arsonval, A.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hopkirk, PeterIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Revest Mira, MilagrosTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rowan, Diana N.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smedt, Marc deEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Reprint of the Harper & Bros. original of 1927. The memoirs of a stout 55-year-old Frenchwoman who trekked in disguise for four months to become the first Western woman to reach Lhasa. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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In 1914, while in India, she had been the first Western woman to be granted an audience with the Dalai Lama.  In 1923, at the age of fifty-five, Alexandra Navid-Neel became the first European woman to enter Tibet's forbidden city of Lhasa. After years of studying Buddhism and the Tibetan language, she disguised herself as a pilgrim and, accompanied only by a young Sikkimese lama, struggled on foot - with maps, camera and a revolver hidden in her clothes - through the harsh Tibetan winter to reach her goal. This book is botha vivid account of one woman's incredible journey and a remarkable portrait of Tibet, its religion and its people. Alexandra David-Neel was awarded the Gold Medal of the Geographical Society of France and made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor upon her return from Tibet. The author of numerous books on Buddhims, David-Neel died in 1969.
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Voland Edizioni

2 editions of this book were published by Voland Edizioni.

Editions: 8886586299, 8888700145


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