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Seven Years in Tibet (Paladin Books)
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am 23. Juni 1998
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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am 9. Juli 2014
What a wonderful book this is, a witness to a culture that is gone, and soon the last people who still knew this culture will be gone too. I was in Tibet, and also lived amongst the Tibetan population in Nepal, and my heart was hurting when I read this book, and thought of how Tibet is today. What luck that the Tibetans allowed him in, that he could take photos and take short movies, and especially write a book about his experience.

The writing style is simple, yes, some of the religious expressions are wrong, but so what? It's the heart in the words that counts, the emotion, the love for a people that permeates everything, and the fact that his experience is unique, which make it an astonishing book. Highly recommended for anybody who is interested in the Tibetan culture, or in any book about very rare cultural experiences.
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am 30. August 1999
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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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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am 20. Dezember 1997
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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am 26. April 1998
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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am 2. November 1997
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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am 5. Februar 2000
While Heinrich Harrer admits from the start that he is no great writer, (and I agree with him), the story itself is so compelling and the union of his star with the historical movements in Tibet so well alligned that the man can be forgiven for just being there and letting us share in the experience. The simplicity of his words is in keeping with the innocence of Tibet and its people. They are hand and glove and there is no better fit then when, toward the end of the book, he tutors His Holiness, and brings us directly into contact with the living Buddha. It is no less a moving experience for all of us. The torturous trip from India into Tibet and finally into the holy city of Lahsa, the majestic beauty of the Himalayas, the simple faith of the people all combine to make this a worthwhile experience. It is a wake up call for all people of faith and love. Thank you Heinrich.
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am 24. April 2000
The saga of a troubled soul that finds a piece of mind, true "nirvana" at the roof of a world. This is more than and adventure book. This is the autobiography of a man who after living seven years among the clouds, changed his perception of his interaction with the world. More than simpley reconsidering his lifestyle and religious beliefs, Harrer managed to change his life in every possible way. Finally obtaining peace of mind. A great book written by a great adventurer. Changed my life. . . got the gutts to change aswell? Then read Seven Years in Tibet.
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Having grown up near where Heinrich was interned by the British in North India, I was keen to read his "diary". Although the translation is less than perfect and the author's style is not that of a professional, the book is a fascinating read and an amazing insight into Tibetan life before the Chinese invaded. My hope is that the movie will inspire many to read the book (which is inevitably better than the movie) and that people around the world will realise the injustice that has been ignored for so long. If Tibet was a source of oil for the West, the Chinese would never have been allowed to get a foothold in this land.
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