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Virtual Tibet: Searching for Shangri-La from the Himalayas to Hollywood

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What has made remote, mountainous Tibet and its only real celebrity, the Dalai Lama, so abidingly fascinating to the West? In Virtual Tibet, Orville Schell, one of the preeminent experts on modern China and Tibet, undertakes a strange and wondrous odyssey into our Tibetan fantasies. He recounts the spellbinding adventures of the Western explorers and spiritualists who for ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published May 17th 2000)
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I really enjoyed parts of this book, and appreciated the long range view of western fantasies of Tibet and the kind of case study of "Seven Years in Tibet," but I felt that some things got repetitive. It was hard for me to keep track of all the various European explorers and writers, and I think I would rather have had the discussion of them more focused instead of being more spread out through out. This cold be specific to my interests, however. At times I felt the book was more interesting whe ...more
Jessica Larson-Wang
Not many books tackle the West's fascination with Tibet in such a readable way as Schell does. My only complaint is that the focus on the film, Seven Years in Tibet, dates the book somewhat.
Marcelo Abritta
Read a long time ago. Liked it but not so much.
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