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Seven Years in Tibet (1952)

by Heinrich Harrer

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Recounts how the author, an Austrian, escaped from an English internment camp in India in 1943 and spent the next seven years in Tibet, observing its social practices, religion, politics, and people.

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CRAZY travel memoir, spent roaming through Tibet, on foot, nearly starving and half frozen. ( )
  Grace.Van.Moer | Dec 1, 2021 |
I've always been fascinated by Tibet – especially pre-takeover by China in the 1950s. Seven Years is an exploration into that coupled with a book on war (escaping it), travel, mountaineering and making friends along the way. It's quickly become one of my favorite books. While Heinrich the man is obviously shown in the best light in this book, it's hard to forget his background. He was a Nazi and husband who ran away from both to climb mountains in the Himalayas. Seven Years is in many ways the "Eat, Prey, Love" of the 50s – both with characters dashing off to adventures. In Harrer's case, he ate whatever he could find (or be given), pray to not be caught and dragged back to internment in India and fall in love with Tibet. In many ways Tibet is the main character and the cause for all good and bad within his time there. ( )
  adamfortuna | May 28, 2021 |
An interesting account by a former Wehrmacht soldier of his stay in the 1940s in Tibet; certainly one of the few detailed accounts of life in Tibet just before the Chinese takeover. Generally sympathetic, though slightly condescending, to the Tibetans. Longtime readers of the National Geographic will recognize some of the material. This edition, alas, has no photographs, and the maps are poor. ( )
  EricCostello | Mar 9, 2021 |
"Seven Years in Tibet," by Heinrich Harrer is an interesting and inspirational read on several levels. First it is an autobiographical account of Harrer's life from his internment into a Indian British POW camp in 1939 and his subsequent escape until his return to India in March 1951. Harrer was an accomplished mountain climber, explorer, and world class athlete whose physical discipline and strength enabled him to suffer and endure considerable challenges during his long trek through Tibet. Then, after arriving in Lhasa completely destitute and worn out physically, managed to become a successful and useful member of Tibetan society. Like a Renaissance man, Harrer had many talents and he brought progressive developments to the near primitive technology of the Tibetans.
Harrer became the teacher and confidant of the young Dalai Lama. Through Harrer, we are able to follow the heart wrenching early life of this remarkable holy man.
The book is also a fascinating view of Tibetan culture during a time when the country was nearly completely cut off the rest of the world.
Because of the authors expertise in mountaineering, his descriptions of the magnificent beauty of the Tibetan country are fully detailed and alone worth reading the book.
The author describes Lhasa- " Behind these cloister walls the hands of time's clock seemed to have been put back a thousand years." Thanks to him, we too can glimpse this strange and distant place.
  RonWelton | Dec 17, 2020 |
I read half of this in 2002(ish?). I may read the rest next week.
  Adammmmm | Sep 10, 2019 |
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Harrer, HeinrichAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Černík, ArnoštTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dalai Lama XIVForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Daussy, HenriTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fleming, PeterPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gentilli, GuidoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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By the end of August 1939 we had completed our reconnaissance.
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Recounts how the author, an Austrian, escaped from an English internment camp in India in 1943 and spent the next seven years in Tibet, observing its social practices, religion, politics, and people.

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