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Seven Years in Tibet (Cornerstone Editions) Paperback – August 20, 2009
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—The New York Times Book Review
“First there is the incredibly adventurous twenty-onemonth trek across rugged mountain and desolate plain to the mysterious heartland of Tibet; then the fascinating picture, rich in amazing detail, of life in Lhasa. . . . Final chapters draw an intimate portrait of the youthful Dalai Lama.”
—The Atlantic Monthly
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The book starts off at the outbreak of World War II. Heinrich Harrer and his mountain climbing associates, while attemtping the Nanga Parbat mountain, were arrested by the British and were imprisoned in Indian internment camp located near the border with Tibet.
After securing enough life necessities and supplies, Harrer and his friend Peter Aufschnaiter escaped and set out for the Indian-Tibetan border.
The road to Lhasa was strenuous, arduous, and painful. Harrer and Aufschnaiter struggled with winter blizzard, depleting supplies, mountain sickness, and even risk of robbers. They had to obtain license upon arrival in unexplored territory. They risked the refusal to enter Tibet without a permit. They risked their life as their supplies won't last for the trip.
Upon arrival into the country, they were greeted with curiosity, meticulousness, guard, and warmth. They were housed in government mansion; treated sumptuous Tibetan meal; tailored expensive hand-crafted embroidered wardrobe. From day to day throng of visitors came visit these newly-arrived foreigners.
Heinrich Harrer lived in Lhasa for almost 5 years. He performed plumbing and other technical servies for his friends and government officials. He taught children how to read and write English. He introduced ice-skating to Tibetans by sticking a knife underneath the boots.
The most significant portion of this book is the detailed yet sentimental description of Harrer's relationship with the young Dalai Lama.Read more ›
When I heard last year that Seven years in Tibet was being made a Hollywood film, I was thrilled.I thought if the film maker did a good job then the film would be a hit.The Film would portray Tibetan culture,way of life,Buddism in Tibet and the political situation in Tibet before and after the Chinese communist's PLA invasion. I saw the film couple times but it was not as good as I expected. Never the less, I am still recommending the book and film to my friends, who are curious, want to know more about Tibet,Tibetans and Tibetan Buddhism.The book and the film will do a lot of good for the Tibetan cause.It will publicise the plight of Tibetan and Tibet.The film has some shortcomings but then something is better than nothing at least.
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Spectacular story of peace, war, new beginnings and friendships, and the unfortunate takeover of a beautiful culture and country. Excellent read.Published 1 month ago by Sarah Miller
Immensely absorbing. A lesson in what persistence and endurance can achieve. A window to a forgotten world.Published 2 months ago by Kabita Ray
Such a wonderful adventure book! I get to go on adventures without leaving my study, who could ask for more?Published 3 months ago by Benjamin Curtis Allen
If you have travelled in modern day Tibet this is a great read as it gives you a picture of what Tibet had been before China invaded. Read morePublished 3 months ago by john stone
Slow and dangerous to get to main city where all civilized things happen.Published 5 months ago by JMC
It recalls another time and another world, lost now forever. With globalization, today the whole world looks the same with the same fast food and coffee franchises and stores.Published 5 months ago by Andre B. Sosa