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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent insight into a lost culture
Heinrich Harrer's natural writing style makes this book a pleasure to read. Although Harrer states that he is not trained in literature, his writing style is pleasant and down to earth. This book - written through the eyes of an Austrian - gives not only an insight into the lost culture of Tibet but also expresses the sensitive character of the Austrian mountaineer...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Technical error
Interesting account of Tibet through the eye of an Austrian. I would like to point out an technical error though. In one passage of the book, Harrer described the "Tibetans" as looking different than the "Chinese". He said that the "Chinese" had slant eyes, and flatter faces, and the Tibetans had more deep-set eyes and features. Harrer...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent insight into a lost culture, 2. November 1997
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Seven Years in Tibet (Taschenbuch)
Heinrich Harrer's natural writing style makes this book a pleasure to read. Although Harrer states that he is not trained in literature, his writing style is pleasant and down to earth. This book - written through the eyes of an Austrian - gives not only an insight into the lost culture of Tibet but also expresses the sensitive character of the Austrian mountaineer. (Don't listen to the news telling us that he was a Nazi. When you read this book, you will learn that he did not have the time nor the interest to kill jews. In contrast, he loved - and was loved by - a people who pick up little insects before anyone steps on them.) Many years ago, my mother introduced me to this book. She was born in Harrer's hometown Huettenberg and has met him a few times. Maybe someday you have time to visit the little museum about Harrer's adventures in Tibet in this charming Austrian mountain village.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Seven Year in Tibet - Top Notch., 19. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Seven Years in Tibet (Taschenbuch)
The story of a dramatic escape by Heinrich Harrer and his climbing associate Peter Aufschnaiter from and Indian internment camp after their arrest by the British when they were attempting to climb Nanga Parbat, at the outbreak of World War II. The book details their journey across Tibet including their near demise with the Khampas, before reaching Lhasa and in my view, discovering a way of looking at life very different to our own. The book then goes on to cover Heinrich Harrer's relationship with the Young Dalai Lama and the Dalai Lama's enthusiasm to learn more about the world he lived in. The book also provides an insight into life in Lhasa before the coming of the Chinese. Finishing with the onset of the Chinese occupation and the flight of the Dalai Lama, I found this to be a very well written book and it can be seen throughout the book how the very personality of the author changes from how I would describe as something not to far short of arrogance at the beginning to someone who cared very much about a people who just wanted to be able to get on with a way of live that had lasted for centuries and which to a great degree they were content with, but due to circumstances beyond their control, they were unable to do. I read this book after visiting Tibet myself in 1998 and the contrast between the Tibet described in the book and that which I saw was a sharp one. Heinrich Harrer himself returned to Tibet in 1982 and observed the changes himself (detailed in 'Return to Tibet', more of a thesis than a story, but nevertheless essential reading after 'Seven Years in Tibet'), noting the loss of much he had held dear when he was there in the 1940's. If you Heinrich Harrer's true story of Tibet, read the book - the film adaptation does not fit the storyline of the book and Heinrich Harrer himself is portrayed in a much poorer light early in the film than the book, which I feel is not fair. Another glaring error is that the film shows Heinrich Harrer in Lhasa after the Chinese arrive - Heinrich Harrer and the inaugerated Dalai Lama had already left Lhasa before the Chinese arrival.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Window to Tibet and a great real life experience., 23. Juni 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Seven Years in Tibet (Hörkassette)
I am a Tibetan, born in Tibet, I grew up India and now I live in Boston.I read Seven years in Tibet when I was in school in India some 24 years ago.I immensely liked the book and the sense of adventure,hope and uncertainty that Heinrich Harrer and his companion Peter were facing or about to face then.When my family escaped the communist Chinese invasion of our Country,our home and our way of life, I was then very little.I knew then something very bad was happening, because my family members were packing and getting ready to go somewhere. I did not know then where we were headed.Seven years in Tibet opened my eyes about my country, my religon, my family,my leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama, my identity and above all the great adventure and hardship the author and his friend were going through. After I read Seven years in Tibet, I recommended the book to my friends and was telling them the story.
When I heard last year that Seven years in Tibet was being made a Hollywood film, I was thrilled.I thought if the film maker did a good job then the film would be a hit.The Film would portray Tibetan culture,way of life,Buddism in Tibet and the political situation in Tibet before and after the Chinese communist's PLA invasion. I saw the film couple times but it was not as good as I expected. Never the less, I am still recommending the book and film to my friends, who are curious, want to know more about Tibet,Tibetans and Tibetan Buddhism.The book and the film will do a lot of good for the Tibetan cause.It will publicise the plight of Tibetan and Tibet.The film has some shortcomings but then something is better than nothing at least.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Technical error, 25. Januar 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Seven Years in Tibet (Taschenbuch)
Interesting account of Tibet through the eye of an Austrian. I would like to point out an technical error though. In one passage of the book, Harrer described the "Tibetans" as looking different than the "Chinese". He said that the "Chinese" had slant eyes, and flatter faces, and the Tibetans had more deep-set eyes and features. Harrer was putting all Chinese into one category, with Tibetan in a separate category. Being that China is a country of mutliple ethinic groups, this is incorrect. It's akin to someone describing a minority group in the U.S., saying the "Indians" don't look like the Americans, or the "Chinese" (Chinese Americans) don't look like Americans. The real Chinese are not all slant-eyed, as Harrer described. Growing up in Taiwan, I've seen Chinese people from all 35 provinces of China, including Tibet, who had all escaped from the communist China. I have had classmates and neighbors who were from Tibet. One can often tell at a glance if a Chinese is a Cantonese, who tend to have even deeper eyes; or from Shanghai, who tend to have a refined look; or from Sangdong, who tend to be taller than average. It's an error to separate the Tibetans as if they're not Chinese, while grouping the rest of the Chinese as if they're all alike. There are really many different varieties of the Chinese people. Tibetans are one variety.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing journey and the journeyman's tales., 18. Juni 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Seven Years in Tibet (Taschenbuch)
I read this book in April 1997 (before that bad movie was shown) and it was the only one in our school library, unread and unnoticed in the archives section. It was one of the best true-to-life adventures one can read. The book I read looked as though it has not been touched by anyone, as indicated by the cataloging sheet inside. Such a shame. Harrer said it all well in the end when he remarked, "It is disturbing what people consider important; here in Tibet, the yak dictates the pace of life," or something to that effect. Indeed, every true Asian should be reading this account on their neighbors before they get deluded by visions of economic growth and more stressful living. It is doing them wrong to dismiss the Tibetans as "simple" people; rather, everyone could find in this book that there is dignity in not being part of what is "modern." From the passionate eyes of a European adventurer, Asians and Westerners alike should discover what they've been missing. Marvel at Harrer's daring escape from the POW camp, his accounts of the people's way of life and spirituality, his respect for the Himalayas' majesty and his strong attachment to the Tibetans (He calls himself and friend Aufschnaiter half-Tibetans). Having loved Tibet for what it offered him, you can even forgive Harrer if he hated the Chinese for what they did.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An extraordinary voyage!, 30. August 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Seven Years in Tibet (Taschenbuch)
Few western men reached the legendary city of Lhasa deep into the ancient kingdom of Tibet. Heinrich Harrer was one of them. He is a man of simple, but precise words. There is no highly sophisticated literary style in his writing only the truth and for me that is still the best poetry I can think of. This book tells the real tale of an extraordinary and perilous voyage into an unknown land an an even less known society. Despite the terrain and cultural barriers in front of him the author succeded in escaping his persecutors and penetrating the world of the high society of Tibet with awesome skill and determination. Yet this peaceful world was about to fall at the feet of the Chinese conquerors I believe that like the book of Marco Polo Harrer's book will remain among the great adventure books of history. Aside from being a declaration of war against the cruel Chinese conquerors and their powerful, brutal regime this book stands as a great hymn of freedom, determination and human friendship even among different cultures.
30th of August of 1999
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent storyteller with an excellent story to tell., 20. Dezember 1997
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Seven Years in Tibet (Taschenbuch)
Heinrich Harrer is an amazing author who presents to us a superb story of a journey into a land surrounded by much controversy. The final chapters dealing with the young Dalai Lama are very intriguing. I saw the movie and was surprised at the simlilarities and differences. I recommend the movie, but if you see the movie, you have to read the book. It's like the two go hand in hand. The book helps you to understand some of the events in the movie that one could find confusing. His descriptions are excellent. One pet peeve I have is the transition from paragraph to paragraph. Some of the transitions are not some of the best I've read. But the transitions are not unbarable most of the time. It's interesting to see his relations with the government. I love how assuming the government is in how they just assume that since Henrich made it all the way to Lhasa that he must have clearance. Some of the examples of the rituals of Buddhism are amazing, especially the scences with oracles. The questioning of the young Dalai Lama is also interesting.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent!, 23. November 1997
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Seven Years in Tibet (Taschenbuch)
Compelling reading covering Harrer's experiences in Tibet. He was a member of the 1936 Austrian Olympic ski team who also had a lifelong love of mountain climbing. Going to Asia to scale the previously unconquered 25,000-foot Nanga Parbat in the Himalayas, he was captured in Karachi while trying to get back to Europe at the outbreak of WWII. Put into a British internment camp in India, he escaped to Tibet, a land that had intrigued him since reading about it years earlier as a boy. The obstacles in his quest for Lhasa, the Tibetan capital not very far from Mt. Everest, were formidable, but gave him eye-opening lessons on this exotic and fascinating country. His accounts of the Tibetan people, the country as he found it at the time and his eventual close relationship to the young Dalai Lama are absorbing. Glimpses of the Tibetan-Chinese relationship and, in more detail, China's eventual invasion of Tibet (the event that caused Harrer to leave the country in the company of the young escaping Dalai Lama) are included in this extraordinary tale.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen At what price civilization?, 26. April 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Seven Years in Tibet (Taschenbuch)
Heinrich Harrer's book brings to mind the question," at what price civilization?" Is it to loose our spirituality? Our humanity? Kindness towards others and the lack of good manners? Both the book and the film made me question these things. That an originally independent country that believed in the sanctity of life to the extent that they couldn't kill worms, was taken over by a culture who believed that they had a divine right to invade, murder over a million Tibetans and totally disregard the culture in which they were and still are visitors, in the interests of so called advancement and civilization is mind boggleing!Just as Germany had no right to invade Poland, so China had no right to invade Tibet. "Seven Years in Tibet" made me realize what a gentle and loving civilization was destoyed and this destruction excused by the need for electricity, sewerage, communist education and commerce. The Dali Lama reminds me of Nelson Mandela and like this leader, I hope that Tibet is eventually set free from it's oppressors.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Well!!, 17. April 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Seven Years in Tibet (Taschenbuch)
There are some astonishing parallels between the story of an English governess in Thailand, "The King and I" and this story of a blond Teuton with dubious political leanings in 1940s Tibet. Both centralise their roles in the lives of a monarchic figure, each then a very much romanticised icon of forbidden or far-away lands. In both cases there is good evidence that this delicious intimacy was in fact limited to a few distant audiences with the figure in question. In the latter case, the Dalai Lama's own writings bear just a few, absent minded references to this much vaunted friendship, if at all and older hands at the Tibetan capital-in-exile Dharamsala in Northern India will smile ryely at any mention of Harrer. Nevertheless, as a work of semi-fiction, the book carries considerable merit but as a an accurate travel account, has to be undressed in layers before it becomes palatable.
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