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Publisher's Summary

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; 1953 Rupert Hard Davis (P)1997 HarperCollins Publishers, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"One of the grandest and most incredible adventure stories I have ever read." (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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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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Nice but a little slow

I'm glad I read it because it was thoughtful and the underlying story is interesting, yet it was a little slow

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OK

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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monotone reader

monotone reader makes this unbearable to listen to.

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