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Seven Years in Tibet | [Heinrich Harrer]

Seven Years in Tibet

In 1943, Austrian adventurer Heinrich Harrer escaped from a British internment camp in India and traveled through the rugged Himalayas seeking refuge from the war. He ended up in the Forbidden City of Lhasa in Tibet, with no money or permission to be in the country. His intelligence and his European ways intrigued the curious young Dalai Lama, and Harrer became his tutor and trusted confidant.
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In 1943, Heinrich Harrer, a youthful Austrian adventurer, mountaineer, and skier, escaped from a British internment camp in India and traveled through the rugged Himalayas seeking refuge from the war. He ended up in the Forbidden City of Lhasa in Tibet, with no money or permission to be in the country. However, his curious appearance and the traditional hospitality of Tibetan society soon worked in Harrer's favor, allowing him unprecedented acceptance among the upper class. His intelligence and his European ways also intrigued the curious young Dalai Lama, and Harrer became his tutor and trusted confidant. When the Chinese invaded Tibet in 1950, Harrer and the Dalai Lama fled the country together.

©1952, 1997 Heinrich Harrer; This Translation Copyright ©1953 Rupert Hard Davis; (P)1997 HarperCollins Publishers, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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"...one of the grandest and most incredible adventure stories I have ever read...infallibly exciting elements of mountain climbing, daring escapes, life in secret, forbidden Tibet, and encounters with extraordinary people." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    "Where's the rest???"

    Only 4 chapters? The book is 17 chapters long!

    I can only offer one star for less than 25% of the book.

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    Angela Kaukauna, WI, United States 07-01-11
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    I felt the author rushed through some of the most intense parts of the story. I would have enjoyed hearing more about the struggle of getting to Tibet rather than having him glaze over it.

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    Janine alameda, CA, USA 03-13-10
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    monotone reader makes this unbearable to listen to.

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