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Seven Years in Tibet
     

Seven Years in Tibet

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by Heinrich Harrer
 

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In a motion picture starring Brad Pitt, Seven Years in Tibet is the autobiographical account of a young Austrian adventurer and the escape from an internment camp that changed his life forever. In 1943, Heinreich Harrer, a noted mountain climber and skier, slipped out of captivity in India and made his way through the Himalayan passes to the Forbidden City of Lhasa

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In a motion picture starring Brad Pitt, Seven Years in Tibet is the autobiographical account of a young Austrian adventurer and the escape from an internment camp that changed his life forever. In 1943, Heinreich Harrer, a noted mountain climber and skier, slipped out of captivity in India and made his way through the Himalayan passes to the Forbidden City of Lhasa in Tibet. From destitute vagabond, he rose to the position of tutor and confidant to the fourteen-year-old Dalai Lama. Until their parting in 1950, when the Chinese Communists overran the country, his close relationship with the revered holy man profoundly altered his way of living, even his way of thinking. Seven Years in Tibet is a classic memoir filled with brilliant observations, a work that touches on the spiritual component in travel and adventure.

"A fascinating picture, rich in amazing detail." (Atlantic Monthly)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“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
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780708908549
Publisher:
Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Ltd.
Publication date:
09/01/1982
Series:
Ulverscroft Large Print Series
Pages:
528

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From the Publisher
“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
 

Meet the Author

Heinrich Harrer was born in 1912, in Carinthia. Following his adventures in Tibet, he participated in many mountaineering expeditions and wrote numerous books. Harrer currently resides in Liechtenstein.

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Seven Years in Tibet 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Andrew_Spangler More than 1 year ago
7 Years in Tibet tells the story of a daring escape from a British prison camp and the hardships of a journey into the Tibetan interior. Heinrich Harrer, a fugitive from the law, travels across the barren plains and high mountain passes of Tibet with one goal in mind, to reach the forbidden city of Lahsa. This is because he cannot be arrested in Lahsa. One Heinrich reaches Lahsa he meets many people, and also becomes a friend of the Dalai Lama. Heinrich spends hours talking to the Dalai Lama and teaching him about things in the outside world. Heinrich resides in Lahsa until Word War two is over. Once he is safe from capture he returs to his home in Austria.
BradyG More than 1 year ago
Seven Years in Tibet is a wonderful story that recounts the feats of Heinrich Harrer and those around him. Harrer was originally an Austrian explorer who had been working in the foothills of the Himalayas. Amidst tensions during World War II, the British in India took him as a German spy and threw him in a concentration camp. From there with many others he escaped imprisonment twice. In an area that was dangerous and unknown by many western maps fleeing was a difficult task. Harrer hated imprisonment for obvious reasons. He had heard about the forbidden city of Lhasa which lies in the unknown country of Tibet. Westerners knew almost nothing about the small nomadic nation. Harrer devised a plan and fled from interment. Along with a few others he begins a trek like no other European had ever embarked on. With little rations or gear he would try to cross the world’s mightiest mountain range. His mountaineering expertise came along handy but still he faced many hardships. On the other side of the range stood freedom. In his words he tells countless wild tales that are amazing and awe inspiring. He also writes of a culture that is not the same today. Harrer was the first to show the rest of the world to Tibet. It is historically unique and provides a sense of adventure to anyone who reads it. I highly recommend this book.  
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thewood4 More than 1 year ago
What an amazing story! I sometimes question the authenticity of this story since the hardships portrayed seem like no-win situations. Either way, what a great adventure novel and imagine escaping from a war prison and end up meeting the Incarnation of Buddha! Nuts!
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This book covers a life that no longer exists in Tibet since it was taken over by China. Excellently written view into the past.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A rich depiction of a fascinating journey during a dangerous time. Most enjoyable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seven Years In Tibet is a marvelous book depicting the struggles of Heinrich Harrer and how he finally reached the Forbidden City of Lhasa. It was amazing to read how different Tibet was from the rest of the world and how it was able to retain such mystery and uniqueness. What makes it better is: it is a true story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this this novel for my 5-themes novel project and it was great. This novel is about the country of Tibet durring and after World War Two until the chineese invation in 1952. The story also describes the lifestyle of the Tibetian people durring that time and their complex, Buddist faith. I highly recomend this book to everyone.