Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Seven Years in Tibet Paperback – August 1, 1997
|New from||Used from|
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover," illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Learn more
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
'It deserves its place among the few great travel stories of our times.' The Times 'This is an absorbing and remarkable travel tale that also gives unparalleled accounts of the life and customs of an inaccessible region.' Sunday Times 'Few adventurers in this century have had the combined luck and hardihood to return with such news as this. Fewer still have rendered it so powerfully unadorned.' Times Literary Supplement 'Some books, like some mountains, are lonely and unrivalled peaks. This is one of them.' --Economist
About the Author
Heinrich Harrer was born in 1912 in Carinthia. His skiing prowess won him a place in the 1936 Austrian Olympic team. He was part of the team that first scaled the notorious North Face of the Eiger in 1938, an adventure recounted in his book The White Spider. He died in 2006.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
In the first part, their difficulties were many – and it was, among other things, fortuitous breaks in the weather and chance encounters with kind Tibetan nomads that allowed them to even survive the journey. During this time, you see how difficult it was to travel at “the top of the world”, and you get a glimpse of the lives of the average Tibetan.
In the second part, Heinrich (and Peter) soon become welcome guests of the Tibetan upper class. At this point, the book switches to glimpses of the life of the upper class, the religious pageantry displayed for the devout (and superstitious) multitudes and cloistered life of the Dali Lama.
The book ends with the Chinese conquest of Tibet – and so the start, I assume, of the wholesale dismantling of the rich historical Tibetan culture described in this book.
This is a very special glimpse into a way of life that was about to come to a sudden and violent end. It is difficult to comprehend that over 6000 monasteries were destroyed and only 12 remain. Thousands of years worth of Buddhist art and literature was destroyed or sold.
If you want to know a little about The Roof of the World, then read Seven Years in Tibet. (Forget the movie.)
The author obviously loved Tibet. You can feel his love of this country and the respect of its traditions and people.
Very educational and enlightening book.
I am amazed at what he and his friend had to endure in order to achieve their dream of seeing the Forbidden City.
The Author gives his own life experiences of the journey to and from
Tibet. Recommended Reading for all.
Harrer's adventure does not linger on certain locales or situations, but moves along briskly. In a sense there are three sections: the long and sometimes dangerous road getting to Lhasa; the time getting acquainted with the Tibetan people, their customs and religion; and his time with the Dalai Lama who is now in exile. Each is treated in an understated, almost casual manner.
The New York Times reviewer called this book "...one of the grandest and most incredible adventure stories I have ever read." I completely agree.
The book contains some black and white photographs that tie to the narrative. The pictures made me hunger for more, so I have now ordered a Lowell Thomas, Jr. book that was the result of a visit to Tibet during the time Harrer was there.
Overall, an excellent read.
Most recent customer reviews
I liked there was nothing but factual information.Read more