Among the Tibetans
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Among the Tibetans

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Isabella Bird writes of her adventures in a manner that captivates her readers Isabella L Bird (1831 - 1904) was a 19th century British traveler and writer. Since her father was a Church of England priest the family moved many times during her childhood. Bird traveled to Colorado when she heard the air was very healthy. She covered the 800 miles on horseback riding like a...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published February 2nd 2009 by Book Jungle (first published 1894)
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Imagine travelling back in time, to 1890 or thereabouts, and accompanying a 60-year-old Victorian lady on her travels in Tibet. A lady famous for travelling on her own and riding 'frontwards' instead of using a lady saddle, and who seems utterly fearless when it comes to traversing mountain passes and fierce rivers. Bizarrely, this woman was a very sickly child, and she still falls ill whenever she spends any amount of time back home in Scotland. Her books were usually compiled from the letters...more
This is an interesting recounting of an unusual solo woman traveler who in the late nineteenth century braved the wilds of Kashmir, Ladakh, and southern Tibet. Her observations and descriptions of travel and people are colorful and astute, even if they are embedded in assumptions of another century. Other trips that she took and wrote about include into the wilds of the Rocky Mountains.
Matt D
A very thorough accounting of travel into Tibet, though rife with the racism and ethnocentrism of the 1800s.
There is a certain amount of Victorian dryness which can be off-putting, but when it is employed to make light of near-death experiences from which a little old lady emerges with busted ribs and her composure unruffled, it really works. This is a beautifully written account of a Tibet that no longer exists, and that alone makes it worthwhile. Bird's strong authorial voice and the extraordinary adventures she meets make it incredible. I am intensely interested in her earlier works about Colorado...more
"The Vale of Kashmir is too well known to require description. It is the 'happy hunting-ground of the Anglo-Indian sportsman and tourist, the resort of artists and invalids, the home of pashm shawls and exquisitely embroidered fabrics, and the land of Lalla Rookh." Thus begins Ms. Bird her account of her travels through a now long-lost Tibet. As always, she records her impressions with a keen eye for beauty and total candor. Fascinating look at a culture of the past.
Realy loving the detail and age of this one.
Warnie B.
Isabella Bird had a couple of really entertaining mishaps and adventures that she describes in this book, and travels with some pretty intriguing companions. I'm not sure how I feel about her though. Some of her descriptions of Tibet and it's people are really well done, and others are really...well, unflattering. Still, it's a interesting look at Tibet in the late 1800s, and I can't help but admire Bird's pluck!
Maryclaire Zampogna
I have read a few of Isabella Bird's books and this did not disappointment me. She can have you riding the camel with her, the way she describes the people, their culture, the weather, the land and all the dangers, along with the celebrations that she experienced. Isabella at the time was probably the only female explorer to venture into Tibet and the Himalayan mountains. It was a very interesting read.
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Opening: The Vale of Kashmir is too well known to require description. It is the 'happy hunting-ground' of the Anglo-Indian sportsman and tourist, the resort of artists and invalids, the home of pashm shawls and exquisitely embroidered fabrics, and the land of Lalla Rookh. Its inhabitants, chiefly Moslems, infamously governed by Hindus, are a feeble race, attracting little interest, valuable...more
A great view of Tibetan culture such that we'll not see it now. Add to that an explorer who gives great descriptions of the people, places and culture as seen through the eyes of a woman. I'll be reading her adventures in the west next.

Intrepid. That's the word that best fits this amazing, independent Victorian traveller. She explored the world, solo, with a keen eye for observation, and a warm sense of compassion for fellow humans.
written well before the communist take over a rich and spiritual culture Isabella Bird was an adventure in herself and her memoir is an eye opener to a way of life that is now gone from the planet.
She gives good scenery, with plenty of plant names, but doesn't give a good sense of how the people lived. She's too focused on the spread of Christianity.
Liked it, quaint , interesting, would have loved to meet the author in person, she must have been quite a lady!
You really can't go wrong with an Isabella Bird book! This one is another winner!
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Isabella Lucy Bird (October 15, 1831 – October 7, 1904) was a nineteenth-century English traveller, writer, and a natural historian.

* The Englishwoman in America (1856)
* Pen and Pencil Sketches Among The Outer Hebrides (published in The Leisure Hour) (1866)
* The Hawaiian Archipelago (1875)
* The Two Atlantics (published in The Leisure Hour) (1876)
* Australia Felix: Impressions of Victori...more
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