Far Beyond the Garden Gate: Alexandra David-Neel's Journey to Lhasa

Far Beyond the Garden Gate: Alexandra David-Neel's Journey to Lhasa

by Don Brown

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Overview

In her time, Alexandra David-Neel was the most famous woman in France. She had traveled extensively in China and Tibet and, in 1924, was the first Western woman ever to enter Tibet's forbidden capital, Lhasa. Alexandra was a self-taught Buddhist scholar and spoke Tibetan flawlessly. And she did it all as a mature woman—she was in her mid-fifties when she arrived in Lhasa.

Not only is Alexandra David-Neel's story one of high adventure, of trekking through snow-choked mountain passes and wild encounters on the Tibetan tablelands, but it is also about a prolific writer and passionate advocate of Tibetan culture. Far Beyond the Garden Gate reveals an unforgettable life's journey with vibrant, graceful prose and stunning illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547349336
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/30/2002
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 32
File size: 35 MB
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Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Don Brown is the award-winning author and illustrator of many picture book biographies. He has been widely praised for his resonant storytelling and his delicate watercolor paintings that evoke the excitement, humor, pain, and joy of lives lived with passion. School Library Journal has called him “a current pacesetter who has put the finishing touches on the standards for storyographies.” He lives in New York with his family.

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Far Beyond the Garden Gate: Alexandra David-Neel's Journey to Lhasa 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alexandra David-Neel was remarkable. She defied convention, traveled the world, and was the first European woman to reach Lhasa. Getting there would have been an adventure even if she was the thirtieth! She learned Tibetan, disguised her identity, traveled a wilderness, passed over a canyon thousands of feet below on a rope - amazing!Unfortunately, reading the book, it doesn't sound quite so exciting. It sounds like a greater-than-usual trip to the store. I don't know why this is. The details should be enough to carry the story, those and the quotes scattered throughout, but they're not.Still, it's an impressive tale.