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Originally published in 1953, this adventure classic recounts Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer's 1943 escape from a British internment camp in India, his daring trek across the Himalayas, and his happy sojourn in Tibet, then, as now, a remote land little visited by foreigners. Warmly welcomed, he eventually became tutor to the Dalai Lama, teenaged god-king of the theocratic nation. The author's vivid descriptions of Tibetan rites and customs capture its unique traditions before the Chinese invasion in 1950, which prompted Harrer's departure. A 1996 epilogue details the genocidal havoc wrought over the past half-century.
“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
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Harrer recounts the story of his escape with Peter Aufschnaiter from a British internment camp in India in 1944, their daring trek across the Tibet, and their happy stay in Tibet. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2009 by Jerome Ryan
After reading all the glowing customers' reviews, I am embarrassed yet compelled to say that I didn't think the book was all that great. Read morePublished on April 20 2002
When you read this book, you can almost feel like your standing on the edge of the world, looking out over the mountains, feeling the cold wind and the solitude. Read morePublished on April 20 2001
"Seven Years in Tibet" is many things: a thrilling account of the author's escape from a prison camp in India and his personal story of subsequent hardships hiking to and... Read morePublished on March 16 2001 by kennedy19
This book invoked a beautifully tragic scene of Tibet. The inner peace of the people is contrasted by Chinese expansionists, and I can't help but to feel a sort of sorrow for a... Read morePublished on Dec 17 2000 by Ian Hall
The fact that the story actually happened is quite extraordinary. The book details the lives of two climbers who were imprisoned and escaped to Tibet. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2000 by iamcdn
I came across this book while I was browsing through the travel narrative shelf of a local bookstore. I decided to purchase it after i finish reading the opening chapter! Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2000 by Matthew M. Yau
I decided to read the book when I started thinking about travelling to Tibet (and after gaining a book of Dalai Lama). Read morePublished on April 24 2000 by Miriam Sanger