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[Ebook] ➧ Sieben Jahre in Tibet By Heinrich Harrer –

This is a wonderful book and significantly different that the movie with Brad Pitt While Harrar and his fellow PoW escapee, Peter Aufscnaiter, were simply trying to be free from the British in India during WWII although Harrar seemed interested not in Tibet itself initially but just making his way across Tibet and through China to the Japanese lines since the Japanese were Germany s ally they both seemed to quickly fall in love with the people and the land of Tibet While at times the book did seem to drag and it was clear that Harrar wrote this from a very personal perspective he did an excellent job in detailing a lot of information about the land and the people of Tibet Although he did seem to portray them as somewhat simple in nature I don t feel like he necessarily meant to From his perspective he saw their lives as significantly simpler than his and to an extent that can certainly be enticing From the way Harrar wrote you can tell that he truly fell in love with the land and the people of Tibet and felt great sadness when the Chinese invaded in 1950 and took over If you are interested in the land of Tibet and the people and their culture this is an excellent book to start with as an introduction. First off let me say that the writing of this book is nothing spectacular, it s adequate for this type of book and gets all the facts across without lots of embellishment However, the content is an amazing travelogue of Heinrich Harrier s journey through Tibet and his eventual friendship with his Holiness the Dalai Lama Quite a large portion of the seven years was spent actually travelling Harrer doesn t go into a lot of detail about all the climbing and trekking his friend Peter and himself did and it s easy to skip over that accomplishment It s easy to forget that Heinrich and Peter WALKED about a 1,000 miles and crossed many passes over 18,000 feet high all WITHOUT any equipment If you look at a map, their trek started in North Western India and circumvented Nepal to get to Lhasa Life in Lhasa is well described and I was surprised at how well educated the upper echelons of society were In the time before the Chinese invasion, Tibetan culture had remained little changed in 2,000 years In a sad postscript written almost 50 years later Harrer describes how all that culture has been wiped away If you have seen the excellent movie by the same name then the book is certainly worth reading Harrer was a consultant for the film and was most pleased with the decision to have Brad Pitt play him Not for the fact that Mr Pitt was better looking than him, but for the fact that thousands of people probably went to see the movie just to see Brad Pitt, and in so doing learn t something of Tibet and became aware of that countries plight. Popular EPub, Sieben Jahre In Tibet By Heinrich Harrer This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Sieben Jahre In Tibet, Essay By Heinrich Harrer Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You I bought my copy of this book from a thrift shop last 27 January 2010 Handwritten on its first inside page is the former owner s name followed by 23 Jan 1999 Los Angeles California 7 00 pm I suspect he or she was a Tibetan It s typical of these religious and superstitious people to ascribe meaning to every event, or to the time, place and date it happened Even when it is just a book purchase.The former owner s name seems to read Yee Yitathajisi but I m not sure, especially the small s in the last name It doesn t really look like an English letter I also looks like an r with a loop on its left side but his r in California is like the number seven His two small s in Los Angeles look like a regular s but somewhat written like the number five.Yee struggled with his English He highlighted English words which are not really difficult cache , brooks, roamed, vague, ascent, etc Many times he also wrote his translations above the English words which gave him difficulties He read the phrase small ice floes, for example, and he underlined floes then wrote something above it in letters completely foreign to me the closest I can interpret it to something I know how to read is iiwaliiv followed by a comma and some flourishes above three letters I ve seen Japanese and Chinese writings but they re not squiggly looking like this.When the second world war broke out, several German mountaineers were in India which was then still under British rule They were arrested and imprisoned by the British They successfully escaped after several attempts The author, Heinrich Harrer, was one of them Together with another German guy, they fled on foot towards Tibet For almost TWO YEARS they hiked on the mountainous terrain of India, Nepal and Tibet until they reached Lhasa, Tibet s capital city They were in the worst possible state emaciated, dressed in rags and without money About half of the book is devoted to the story of their five year stay in Lhasa So while hellfire infernos were raging in Europe and Asia they were there in those strange and wonderful places trying to fight off starvation, fatigue and disease unaware of the horrors being brought to the world elsewhere, ironically, chiefly by their own countrymen After the end of the war, or sometime in 1950, they were forced to leave Tibet when China, which considered Tibet as just its province like it is treating Taiwan now , invaded the country.Although I ve read literature about Tibet before, especially on how Tibetans determine who their next ruler and spiritual leader shall be their Dalai Lama, a God King who dies but immediately reincarnates , this has opened my eyes about this wondrous country and its peace loving and very religious people Do you know that Tibet s land area is as big as Spain, France and Germany put together I didn t until I ve read this book I thought Tibet was just a small, obscure settlement pearched atop a snowy mountain, like Baguio City Have you tasted or even just seen TSAMPA That s the staple food in one of the regions there and this is how it is prepared You heat sand to a high temperature in an iron pan and then pour barleycorns onto it They burst with a slight pop, whereupon you put the corns and the sand in a fine meshed sieve through which the sand runs after this you grind the corn very small The resulting meal is stirred up into a paste with butter tea or milk or beer, and then eaten This was made into a film starring Brad Pitt which I haven t watched but was not shot in Tibet The Chinese authorities won t allow the filming there or even its showing in China Tibet is unfree Free Tibet Heinrich Harrer, the author of this book, was a mountaineer and an adventurer He was the first to climb the North Face of the Eiger Mountain in Switzerland He did this int the 1930s This book, originally published in 1953, is an adventure classic that recounts Heinrich Harrer s 1943 escape from a British internment camp in India, his daring trek across the Himalayas, and his seven years in Tibet, coming to an end with the Chinese invasion He became a dear friend of the fourteenth Dali Lama Definitely interesting, but in that the narrations follows the time line of the events it was repetitive at points, i.e a particular theme was discussed many times One example of this is how white scarves are used in Tibet as a means of expressing respect and honor People were handing out scares right and leftI kept wondering what was done with all these scarves Finally near the end of the book it was mentioned that they were reused and handed out to others And this leads to my next complaint Listeners are left with questions Terms are not clearly defined so you search for understanding, to make sense of what you are told At one point, my husband and I, we were both listening to the audio book together, did not agree on who had been killed Neurotic as I am to understand EXACTLY what has happened I rewound and listened again and again Finally I understood In fact I was right in the mini battle with my husband, but the point is that what you hear read can easily be misinterpreted.So the book isn t perfect, but don t let that determine whether to pick it up or not The reader follows an exciting adventure and there is a lot to learn here about old Tibet, before the Chinese invasion in 1950.One other point which I found intriguing is how there are so many rules to be followed.but there is always a way to get around them In the Buddhist philosophy no creature can be killed, so of course meat cannot be eaten But, but, but, but people do need some meat so it is quite handy if the people in neighboring Nepal can provide thisthen all is OK This bothered me tremendously Time and time again, the Nepalese were handy to have to do that which the Buddhist faith did not allow to be done in Tibet.And it bothered me that in sport events where it was determined that the Dali Lama must win, he of course always did win Is that real competition Never mind, just my own thoughts troubling me It is amusing to picture a dike being built and a worm appearing on the shovel of dirt That worm had to be carefully placed aside so no harm came to it This all sounds so sweet, but to function as a nation bribery and conniving were necessary I am very glad I read this book I learned a lot, and it made me see into the reality of a Buddhist culture It is very hard to get a view into Lhasa, the Forbidden City. Absolutely fascinating it s a pity the prose was on the pedestrian side One wonders what a Patrick Leigh Fermor or an Eric Newby would have made of the same material. I read this book in fits and starts between breaks in class Restlessness has been the case for me lately Perhaps the cure is travel books like these Books that are easy to pick up, put down, and pick up again The book made no grand promises instead the author proposed to give me his notes plainly told about his journey through Tibet, a journey that began just prior to the second World War and ended a few years after it The author did not over promise, and sticking to his world, early on, I found his writing to have a dry, clinical feel to it Perhaps some of this had to do with it being translated from German, but I think some of it had to do with its limited pretensions And yet, at least for long moments, I was utterly lost in the account Perhaps travel writing is the best remedy for someone confined to a desk for any period of time I marveled at Harrer s adventurousness and resiliency If his notes were dry, they often seemed to lack any kind of malice or ethnocentrism More importantly, as I drifted off in my own thoughts, I found I could return to the book without losing too much of the story The book demonstrates that substance is better than style, and that in order to be a good writer one should live an adventurous life The parts I liked the most about the book were the little scenes where Harrer was making a new life for himself in Lhasa Certainly, the earlier scenes where Herrer escaped from prison and managed to survive in the wilderness were exciting, but the scenes where he is creating a new life for himself with the help of the compassionate Tibetans were the most romantic and enjoyable More than anything, they reminded me of my own small delights living and working overseas In the end, this book seemed to me as much about home as about travel As Harrer says at the end of the book, Wherever I live, I shall feel homesick for Tibet A beautiful sentiment simply stated More travel writing to come We ll see where my reading adventures take me next. I ll be the first to say the movie version is well, awful It sensationalized aspects of Harrer s life although the part about leaving his pregnant wife turns out to be true and was interestingly omitted by Harrer from the book itself The film also created a stupidly melodramatic fake love triangle and gave short shrift to just how riveting the journey to Lhasa must have been Of course, this shouldn t be the surprise The book is better than the movie is a common refrain Once you get into this book it s a quite thrilling travelogue I especially appreciate this book because it provides a different perspective on the Tibet issue than the typical information that I read on the Chinese news sites which, as stories relate to sensitive domestic issues in China are hilariously biased and not entirely distinguishable from when The Onion parodied Chinese news in 2009 It doesn t provide a perfect picture of Tibet before the Chinese invaded either namely Harrer details corruption and closemindedness among some of the monks and other bureaucrats Tibet was a feudal society, after all Nonetheless, there is no mistake here, this book is strongly in favor of Tibetan independence That is not to say that this book rams politics down your throat except maybe in the epilogue But it is precisely because Harrer was somewhat of an objective observer of Tibet, able to report it from a western perspective and therefore tells the story in a relatable way for many foreign readers, that this book remains a powerful case for Tibetan independence Plus, his stories about the young Dalai Lama s determination and intellectual curiosity at age 13 just make me admire him even. I read this book many decades ago It was interesting However, I kept asking myself What did Heinrich Harrer live on until he reached Lhasa after about two years He had no money He had no provisions He had no weapons to shoot animals to eat And while traveling, he, definitely, had no land to grow any food From what I remember, there were also no tales that he asked for or was granted hospitality by the inhabitants of the areas he passed I don t think that anyone will be able to survive on the scarce vegetation to be found in high elevations So what did this man eat I really would have liked to learn. This is a book that I bought way back in 1990 It was an excellent travel book and I purchased it because of my enjoyment of reading about life in Tibet it always struck me as such an exotic place and I was also very influenced by Buddhism at the time It was so sad about the situation with China and the Dalai Lama.I must reread this.