Seven Years in Tibet book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Recounts how the author, an Austrian, escaped from an English. Seven Years in Tibet: My Life Before, During and After is an autobiographical travel book written by Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer based on his real life . “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.

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Editorial Reviews. kaz-news.info Review. Originally published in , this adventure classic . The book ends with the Chinese conquest of Tibet – and so the start, I assume, of the wholesale dismantling of the rich historical Tibetan culture. This book has two distinct parts: [1] the difficult journey that Heinrich Harrer ( author) and Peter Aufschnaiter had reaching the Tibetan capital, Lhasa and [2]. Praise. “One of the grandest and most incredible adventure stories I have ever read.” —The New York Times Book Review “First there is the incredibly.

It has been said that the book "provided the world with a final glimpse of life in an independent Tibetan state prior to the Chinese invasion. Seven Years in Tibet was translated into 53 languages, became a bestseller in the United States in , and sold three million copies. At the beginning of the Flamingo edition of the book, a message from the 14th Dalai Lama praises the work: His most important contribution to our cause, his book, Seven Years in Tibet , introduced hundreds of thousands of people to my country.

Two films have been based on the book: Seven Years in Tibet , a minute documentary directed by Hans Nieter which includes both movies shot by Harrer during his stay in Tibet and various scenes from his adventures reconstructed by Harrer himself, and Seven Years in Tibet , directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and starring Brad Pitt as Harrer and David Thewlis as Aufschnaiter.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the book. For the feature film adaptation, see Seven Years in Tibet film. Heinrich Harrer". Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. Add to Cart. About Seven Years in Tibet The astonishing adventure classic about life in Tibet just before the Chinese Communist takeover is now repackaged for a new generation of readers.

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About Seven Years in Tibet In this vivid memoir that has sold millions of copies worldwide, Heinrich Harrer recounts his adventures as one of the first Europeans ever to enter Tibet. About Seven Years in Tibet Dramatized in a motion picture starring Brad Pitt, Seven Years in Tibet is the autobiographical account of a young Austrian adventurer and the escape from an internment camp that changed his life forever. Also by Heinrich Harrer.

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Read it Forward Read it first. Harrer renounced any association he had with the SS stated that he was too young to be making those decisions. Harrer was in India with a four man team scouting the viability of climbing the Diamir Face of the Nanga Parbat when war broke out in They were picked up by the British and interned in a detention camp. In after several failed attempts to escape, finally Harrer, Peter Aufschnaiter, and two others are successful.

They strike out for Tibet. The other two men, after experiencing the hardship of travel with improper clothing, inadequate food supplies, and a nagging doubt about what life will be like once they do reach Tibet, decide to go back. Harrer and Aufschnaiter press on.

They rely on the kindness of strangers. Lucky for them, by nature, Tibetans are kind. Their ultimate goal is to reach Lhasa, but there are public officials, miles of red tape, and many hazards to be faced before they reach that destination. Princess Coocoola, wife of the governor of Tibet is one of the many beautiful Tibetan women.

They meet a young couple on the road. She dutifully married three brothers and took care of their household until a handsome young stranger appeared.

The couple were fleeing her husbands to start a new life. When the proverbial traveling salesman comes to town she takes the opportunity to escape. January 15th, they finally reach their destination. This moment compensated us for much. We felt inclined to go down on our knees like the pilgrims and touch the ground with our foreheads. They receive reassurances followed by neck snapping counter orders to leave. They begin to ingratiate themselves to the government by designing and producing better irrigation for the city.

There are various levels of nobles who are very wealthy, happy; and yet, pious people. There was an uprising and several people were arrested, too many for the local jail. The nobles had to each take responsibility for a prisoner.

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The Tibetans have a rather gruesome, especially to westerners, way in how they dispose of their recently departed. We followed the group of mourners, who consisted of three men only. A second sat nearby, murmuring prayers and beating on a small drum. The third man scared the birds away and at intervals handed the other two men beer or tea to cheer them up. The bones of the dead girl were broken to pieces, so that they too could be consumed by the birds and that no trace of the body should remain.

The consciousness has already moved on towards yet another in a series of countless lives. Their belief that the fly that lands on the rim of the rancid butter tea, that they like to drink, could be their grandmother causes Harrer no ends of problems when he is asked to build a movie theater for the Dalai Lama.

Every worm that is disturbed by the shovels must be carefully relocated back to a safe spot. He becomes close to the Dalai Lama, instructing him in Western culture and the way the world works beyond the Tibetan borders. There is even a scene that had me chuckling with the Dalai Lama wanting to shadow box with Harrer. It was just hard for me to imagine this national treasure with his fists raised dancing around throwing punches.

Harrer and his friend Aufschnaiter have to abandon their peaceful lives and return to Europe.


As he leaves he waves up at the roof where he knows the Dalai Lama, possibly one of the most lonely people in the world, is watching him depart through the singular eye of his telescope.

In during a Tibetan uprising the Dalai Lama fearing for his life, fled to India where he established a Tibetan government in exile.

Harrer continued to go on mountaineering expeditions around the globe and wrote twenty travel books about his exploits. His photography is considered to be among the best records of Tibetan culture ever obtained. This book was a huge bestseller in America showing the hunger that people felt, and continue to feel to know more about Tibetan culture.

It certainly has inspired me to want to know more. Friends for life. We see the movie version of Harrer become a better person under the influence of the people he came to know and love in Lhasa. The movie is visually stimulating and was the reason I decided to read the book. I hope that others who see the movie will be encouraged to explore the subject matter further as well.

I often think I can still hear the cries of wild geese and cranes and the beating of their wings as they fly over Lhasa in the clear, cold moonlight. My heartfelt wish is that my story may create some understanding for a people whose will to live in peace and freedom has won so little sympathy from an indifferent world. View all 51 comments. May 01, Lilo rated it liked it Shelves: 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 o I read this book many decades ago. 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. View all 12 comments. Mar 16, Lynne King rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a book that I bought way back in It was an excellent travel book and I downloadd 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. View all 8 comments. Nov 10, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it really liked it. I bought my copy of this book from a thrift shop last 27 January Handwritten on its first inside page is the former owner's name followed by: 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 download. The former owner's name seems to read: 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.

They were in the worst possible state: 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 , 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?

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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. That's the staple food in one of the regions there and this is how it is prepared: 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. The Chinese authorities won't allow the filming there or even its showing in China.

Tibet is unfree. Free Tibet! View all 9 comments. 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 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. 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.

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, 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.

View 1 comment. Oct 24, Nancy rated it really liked it Shelves: Absolutely fascinating; it's a pity the prose was on the pedestrian side. View 2 comments. Dovremmo leggere tutti Sette anni nel Tibet "Nel giallo tremolio delle molte lampade le figure di burro sembravano acquistare vita. Strane corolle chinavano le testine in un immaginario alito di vento, pieghe di seriche vesti si muovevano frusciando, una maschera di demone torceva la bocca.

Siamo anche noi preda di questo sogno conturbante? Heinrich Harrer raggiunse il Tibet durante la Seconda guerra mondiale fuggendo da un campo di prigionia inglese in India, a Dehra Dun, e fu costretto a lasciarlo quando, nel , le truppe cinesi invasero il Paese della Neve. Al piacere delle descrizioni del paesaggio e delle tradizioni tibetane, sono affiancate le grida di un popolo libero e pacifico, che lotta disperatamente contro l'oppressione dell'esercito comunista della Cina popolare, sottolineando il fallimento e l'assenza dell'ONU.

Heinrich Harrer, the author of this book, was a mountaineer and an adventurer. He did this int the s. This book, originally published in , is an adventure classic that recounts Heinrich Harrer's 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. 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 left I kept wondering what was done with all these scarves.Seven Years in Tibet is an escapist, holiday read of the first order; providing a fascinating window on a world which is now virtually extinct.

Seven Years in Tibet was translated into 53 languages, became a bestseller in the United States in , and sold three million copies. Seven Years in Tibet Heinrich Harrer. He competed as a skier in the winter Olympics, and ascended the Eiger two years later.

The movie version is entertaining and has Brad Pitt, but the book is far better and true! The White Spider.