But Tibet was also secluded and did not like foreigners to be traveling in their country. 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 book ends with a sad note and leaves the reader with a sense of loss, for a very large percentage of Tibet as the author knew it is destroyed since the Chinese invasion of 1951. He had no provisions. He escapes with a few others and is determined to make his way through Tibet, a land that admits few foreigners to a limited area, to Japanese held territory. Read the first half of this book for a true adventure. He walks seventy days over rugged mountainous terrain before he reaches Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Seven Years in Tibet tells the story of Harrer's escape from British imprisonment, and his exile in Tibet. 'Seven Years in Tibet' is not a travel memoir, so do not call it one. A very good adventure book into the unknow, how a European adapted within a strange land, and culture to his own. This the second time that I've watched this movie and I've never got tired of it. TarcherPerigee; Illustrated edition (August 20, 2009), Reviewed in the United States on May 25, 2017. Start by marking “Seven Years in Tibet” as Want to Read: Error rating book. "The book is better than the movie" is a common refrain. He only leaves as it becomes inevitable that the Red Army of China will invade Tibet and change the lives and culture of all that remain. Seven Years in Tibet (1997) is a beautiful commemoration to those that died in Tibet during China's invasion of the country. I think it makes for a nice drama about humanity as well as a historical war dramatization. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Read the second half if you're really, really interested in Tibetan culture in the mid-20th century, seen through a pair of alternately keen and myopic eyes. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. 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. We don't learn that, because he doesn't even mention being married. From what I’ve gathered independent of this book, Tibet is the shit. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Bad business. Quite a large portion of the seven years was spent actually travelling. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. It was so sad about the situation with China and the Dalai Lama. He had no weapons to shoot animals to eat. 30 years later....I have read this so many times. Final chapters draw an intimate portrait of the youthful Dalai Lama.” —The Atlantic Monthly I thoroughly recommend this volume for anyone blessed with a vivid imagination, or a longing for the wonders of the past. At that time Tibet did not allow outsiders into their country. I love this movie even tho I have to say the German version is better. Most fortuitous is his ability to connect with locals with only minimal language skills yet to 'recognize that Europeans are not smarter merely technologically advanced compared to Tibetans. See all 3 questions about Seven Years in Tibet…, Biography and Memoirs that are BETTER than Fiction, The 40 Most Popular Horror Novels of the Last 5 Years. Brad Pitt doesn't get to have the girl in this one. 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. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. A must read for anyone who is planning to visit Tibet as it will give you a deep understanding of the culture, people and the political situation. The author went through so much hardship and even after reaching Lhasa, he still had to worry about getting kicked out of Tibet and or being recaptured by the British Army. Watched it again after 8 years on Amazon Prime Movies with ads. I watched the film version some years ago, and promised myself that I'd read the original account as soon as possible. He made the first ascent of the notorious North Face of the Eiger (told in his book "The White Spider") and summit. The English voice over is a bit annoying at times, but doesn't change the awesome story. It was really interesting and now Tibet is on my list of places to visit! The book ends with a sad note and leaves the reader with a sense of loss, for a very large percentage of Tibet as the author knew it is destroyed since the Chinese invasion of 1951. Unfortunately, the advertisements for tampons and sanitary pads are a bit much when they are thrown at the viewers regardless of the movies being family friendly. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. —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. Heinrich Harrer was an Austrian mountaineer, sportsman, geographer, and author. Fascinating movie which covered many momentous historical events;but Brad Pitt didn't age a bit during the 7 years! However, once I started reading it, I could not put it down. Such an easy read full of fascinting desciptions of Tibetan life. He became a dear friend of the fourteenth Dali Lama. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2018. By the time he was forced to leave because of the Chinese invasion, he was deeply attached to the people and the country. Obviously Heinrich hadn’t. He paints a very pretty picture of Heinrich Harrer the superhero without any blemi. Whereby becoming not only a tutor, but life long friend of the XIV Dalai Lama. Plus, his stories about the young Dalai Lama's determination and intellectual curiosity at age 13 just make me admire him even more. The constant interruptions meant that the captions were always ahead of the dialogue the characters were saying. However, the content is an amazing travelogue of Heinrich Harrier's journey through Tibet and his eventual friendship with his Holiness the Dalai Lama. At the end of the movie, Henrich didn't seem old enough to have a teenage son! From what I’ve gathered independent of this book, Tibet is the shit. We endured because we wanted to see the story, but the data delivery was horrible! • https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.148869/page/n5 Copy of book on the Internet Archive Harrer was a skier and mountain climber. In fact, the Dali Llama asked Harrer to tutor him about the world outside Tibet. Unable to add item to List. Well worth reading, several times. Written by someone who was there, with first hand descriptions, this book is unique and a true treasure. It was such a great book with rich details of the journey, sites, festivals and customs of Tibet and the people. He escaped not because the prison camp was so bad but because he was at heart an adventurer. Harrer, an Austrian mountaineer & youth Nazi party member, is interned in India by the British during the start of WWII. I read this book many decades ago. He is taken to a detention camp in Bombay. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published I saw this movie when it first came out. The Long Walk: The True Story Of A Trek To Freedom, A Step Away from Paradise: The True Story of a Tibetan Lama's Journey to a Land of Immortality, Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of The Dalai Lama, The White Spider: The Classic Account of the Ascent of the Eiger, The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey, “One of the grandest and most incredible adventure stories I have ever read.”. He walks, hides and runs until he crosses the Tibet boarder. 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. by Tarcher. Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2019. One of the most moving books I have read. Please try your request again later. What a wonderful view of the beautiful Top of the World, Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2017. The wording within the book is clear, and the authors writing style allows the reader to quickly imagine the surroundings that the stroy is taking place within. Reviewed in the United States on October 25, 2016, A selfish man leaves his pregnant wife a few weeks before she is about, Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2019. In the end, I was happy to see that Henrich's own son accepted him and even took up mountain climbing too. This novel suffers from one of the greatest plagues in literature. Harrer doesn't go into a lot of detail about all the climbing and trekking his friend Peter and himself. Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2018. I truly enjoyed this movie as it covered many momentous events in history, from WWII to the Chinese occupation of Tibet. And while traveling, he, definitely, had no land to grow any food. He walks seventy days over rugged mountainous terrain before he reaches Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.