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Tibet Is My Country: Autobiography of Thubten Jigme Norbu, Brother of the Dalai Lama as Told to Heinrich Harrer
The Dalai Lama's brother recalls the details of his life: his childhood, his recognition as a reincarnated lama, the story of his brother, and the exile of thousands of Tibetans from their homeland.
Paperback, 276 pages
Published June 15th 1986 by Wisdom Publications
(first published June 1960)
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Nov 20, 2014 John rated it did not like it · review of another edition
I was very disappointed in this book. I was hoping it would be as good as SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET by the same author. It was not , I can not beleiv3e it is by the same author. So very dry and just because the person being written about was the brother of the DALAI LAMA was not reason enough to think his life was interesting enough to have a bio . Something that NORBU did make me question was about how important MONEY seemed to be to him and his brother monks.
Interesting to learn about rural Tibet and how the Dalai Lama and other religious figures are chosen and fit into culture. Fascinating, really, but I got this nagging feeling that the seemingly arbitrary way that holy figures are chosen as kids kind of serves to keep people from feeling they have any control over their lives....