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Al principio del 1939 Heinrich Harrer, ex campione di sci e famoso alpinista austriaco, viene scelto per partecipare alla spedizione sul Nanga-Parbat (nona vetta più alta del mondo, situata al limite orientale della catena dell'Himalaya). Tornerà in patria solo dopo incredibili avventure: sarà internato in un campo di concentramento inglese, da cui evaderà più volte, riusc ...more
Paperback, Bestsellers #924, 339 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by A. Mondadori (first published 1952)
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Jeffrey Keeten
”Now the Living Buddha was approaching. He passed quite close to our window. The women stiffened in a deep obeisance and hardly dared to breathe. The crowd was frozen. Deeply moved we hid ourselves behind the women as if to protect ourselves from being drawn into the magic circle of his power.

We kept saying to ourselves, ‘It is only a child.’ A child, indeed, but the heart of the concentrated faith of thousands, the essence of their prayers, longings, hopes. Whether it is Lhasa or Rome--all are
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
I bought my copy of this book from a thrift shop last 27 January 2010. Handwritten on its first inside page is the former owner's name followed by:

"23 Jan 1999
"Los Angeles
"California
"7:00 pm."

I suspect he (or she?) was a Tibetan. 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 purchase.

The former owner's name seems to read : "Yee Yitathajisi" but I'm not sure, especially the small
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Lynne King
This is a book that I bought way back in 1990. 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. It was so sad about the situation with China and the Dalai Lama.

I must reread this.
AndrewP
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 ...more
Chrissie
Heinrich Harrer, the author of this book, was a mountaineer and an adventurer. He was the first to climb the North Face of the Eiger Mountain in Switzerland. He did this int the 1930s. This book, originally published in 1953, is an adventure classic that recounts Heinrich Harrer's 1943 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. ...more
Basham!
I'll be the first to say the movie version is... well, awful. 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 film also created a stupidly melodramatic fake love triangle and gave short shrift to just how riveting the journey to Lhasa must have been. Of course, this shouldn't be the surprise. "The book is better than the movie" is a common refrain. Once you get i ...more
Daniel Clausen
I read this book in fits and starts between breaks in class. Restlessness has been the case for me lately. Perhaps the cure is travel books like these. Books that are easy to pick up, put down, and pick up again.

The book made no grand promises-- instead the author proposed to give me his notes plainly told about his journey through Tibet, a journey that began just prior to the second World War and ended a few years after it. The author did not over-promise, and sticking to his world, early on,
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Shubhi Agarwal
The best part about travel books...? You see the entire world sitting within the four walls. The wonderful things the writer saw, his exhilarating experiences, the people he meets, all seem like they're happening to us as a first person.
Same applies to this travelogue. There is quite less the world knows about Tibet, and this book is the first person account of a German mountaineer who escapes British prison in India during WWII and seeks shelter in Tibet. His numerious encounters with Tibetan p
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Ido
This is a wonderful book and significantly different that the movie with Brad Pitt. While Harrar and his fellow PoW escapee, Peter Aufscnaiter, were simply trying to be free from the British in India during WWII (although Harrar seemed more interested not in Tibet itself initially but just making his way across Tibet and through China to the Japanese lines since the Japanese were Germany's ally) they both seemed to quickly fall in love with the people and the land of Tibet.

While at times the bo
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Richard
Harrer, an Austrian, was a mountain climber/adventurer who the first person to climb the North Face/Wall of the Eiger Mountain in Switzerland in the 1930s. He was in India to climb mountains when he was imprisoned by the English merely because his native language was German. This book, originally published in 1953, is an adventure classic that recounts Heinrich Harrer's 1943 escape from a British internment camp in India, his daring trek across the Himalayas, and his happy sojourn in Tibet, then ...more
Molly
Come on Heinrich! From what I’ve gathered independent of this book, Tibet is the shit. Have you heard of momos? Obviously Heinrich hadn’t. I get that they probably weren’t a thing before the Chinese invasion brought the dumpling but still, if you aren’t going to tell us about momos, then at least tell us what tsampa is, cause right now, 300 pages later, I’m picturing either some steamed weeds or a ball of paste. And no I won’t google it, you should have told me what it was more than once because ...more
Sushant
This was one of those books which starts off really well but then kind of gets a little monotonous in between and never really gets back on track after that. In fact, I had a hard time finishing it. I am not saying I was accepting it to be a page turner but I have real quite a few travel monologues and this failed to keep me interested. I really appreciate that the author has done a good job in reporting true events and facts rather then choosing to sensationalize it. However, after a point of t ...more
Alexis
I read this on a train, and it was a perfect setting.
This is one of those books that reminds you of how much we, "in the modern world" take for granted. I have to admit that a lot of the story relayed in this book is not written in a way to enthuse and engage it's reader. It reads like what it is, an account of an unexplored world where we're much more engaged in what is happening in our life than the mythologies that we build up around it. I had to take several pauses throughout my reading to
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Elena N
Jun 15, 2015 Elena N marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
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There is another way to know what happened to Harrer during those years and that is to watch the movie. Much better than the book.
Sookie
Harrer writes more about his adventure, his experience during the journey and the life he lead in Lhasa. He doesn't disclose much about the ordinary Tibetian life that he adapted on the road till he reached the capital. Like his journey, his book doesn't invest time he spent with the locals in the villages than the upper middle class ones in the capital.

Honestly, his friend had a better experience in Tibet than him and there isn't much mention of that guy after he gets busy doing developmental
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Julie
The story told in this book is phenomenal, but I just could not get into Heinrich. For one thing, he (and his companions) were rude, culturally insensitive, and uncompromising as they made their way towards Lhasa. He then wrote many things about Tibet and Tibetans as fact when 1) it seems unlikely that he would be a Tibet scholar, when he spent most of his seven years living among the rich and privileged in Lhasa, 2) some of his words sometimes contradicted each other. Additionally, the bitter p ...more
Bish Denham
I read this a long time ago, and remembered enjoying it. It was a pleasure to read again. Harrer did an excellent job of observing Tibetan life from 1944 to 1950 being careful to keep his own personal opinions/beliefs out of the way. By the time he was forced to leave because of the Chinese invasion, he was deeply attached to the people and the country. Though he didn't actually meet the Dalai Lama until late in his stay in Lhasa, Harrer and the young boy (he was just 15/16 years old) became fas ...more
Bubba
When the movie "7 Years in Tibet" came out I made my girlfriend get in the car and drive 50 miles with me, to another city, just to see it. Since that time it has been one of my favorite films, despite the fact that I like to quote Brad Pitt's lines in a horrible Austrian accent ("shut up peter!"). However, the movie departs from Heinrich Harrer's account on several key points.

1) He never mentions a troubled marriage or a son he left behind (maybe this is referenced in his other writings), 2) H
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Becca-Rawr
'Seven Years in Tibet' is not a travel memoir, so do not call it one. This novel suffers from one of the greatest plagues in literature. It's placed in a genre, in a much too generalized subject, that it isn't admired for what it is.

How I came across this book is a long story, but needless to say it was on a whim and without recommendation. The first I heard about the possible plot of this text was when I had the chance to read the synopsis after bringing it home from the library. I was intrigue
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Kristen
Interesting and inspiring book, made even more poignant by my trip to the mountains of Uzbekistan while I was reading it. I wrote that I still have to read the post-movie copy with the Afterward by Harrer (but of course I don't know what this means any more as I hardly even remember having read the book).

The quote below sounds patronizing now ("stage of evolution"), but I do often miss the pace of life in Uzbekistan and think that much would be lost if suddenly Uzbeks had to live their lives at
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Atomox
The first 120 pages or so is perhaps the best adventure/expedition novel I have ever read. I fell in love with real places in what is now China, and found myself obsessively searching google for proof of their existence night after night. This portion of the book flew by in no time, and will forever remain in my mind as some of the most rewarding literature in it's class.

The remainder of the book was rewarding on a different level, but unlike the first part of the book, is not reading for any m
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Flyin
A memoir by a dude who was (A) an Olympic skier and (B) a famous mountaineer, who became (C) a POW in India when WWII broke out and decided to become (D) a fugitive to hoof it into the mighty Himalayas where he started a career as (E) a starving wanderer in a land where you cannot possibly survive without human assistance. And that's just the beginning. He goes on to do and be many other amazing things throughout the course of his tale. This is the kind of life story that anybody would want, and ...more
Tempo de Ler
Sete Anos no Tibete relata-nos a viagem do alpinista austríaco Heinrich Harrer após a sua fuga de um campo de prisioneiros na índia, aquando do início da Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Esta curta frase é suficiente para consolidar a perceção de que este é de facto um relato único! Escrevendo de forma bastante directa e sumarizando ao máximo uma extraordinariamente diversa exposição de factos, Harrer deixou-nos um relatório com imenso valor e interesse histórico. Desde a alimentação, cerimónias, crenças,
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Laura Greenwood
Review forthcoming on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

Seven Years in Tibet follows the astonishing true story of the Austrian, Heinrich Harrer, who became the teacher to the fourteenth Dalai Lama. Arrested and put into a prisoner of war camp in India, Harrer was determined to escape, planning to make his way to the Japanese frontier in an attempt to get home. But Harrer, and his companions, find that even the best laid plans can sometimes fail, and Harrer, along with his sole remaining c
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Derek Lamb
Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer provides a fascinating view into Tibetan culture. Harrer, an Austrian, tells of his capture in India by British forces during World War II and how he escaped from a POW internment camp. The only safe haven that he saw was the isolated nation of Tibet. Tibet was famous for its exclusion of outsiders. It was impossible to travel there without a permit, people would refuse to trade, and officials would prevent travel further into the land. Harrer uses all his ...more
Travis
This book was not only a tale of adventure in escaping a British POW camp in India but also a collection of observations and musings on Tibetan culture. The author was a resourceful and hardy individual who carved a life for himself in an unknown world. He found himself a well-off man whose ingenuity brought him close to a young Dalai Lama.

The book protects a memory and snapshot of Tibet before it was engulfed by China. It was a nation that had it own citizens house shackled prisoners in lieu of
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Chiara
Jun 10, 2015 Chiara marked it as abbandonati  ·  review of another edition
[..] e siccome non ho alcuna esperienza come scrittore, mi limiterò a esporre i fatti.
Eh no, Signor Harrer, non è così che funziona!
Dopo solo cinquanta pagine mi sono accorta che la storia non fa per me: é solo una lunga descrizione di fatti, senza personaggi e senza sentimenti. Non si può parlare di stile perché stile non c'è.
La storia sarà anche bella e interessante, ma non riesco proprio a proseguire.
A questo punto preferisco il film.
John
the lull in the middle killed this book for me.

maybe i got spoiled while eating up the travails of getting from india to tibet - two years of wandering, poorer than nomads, across the himalayas - and the flight from the reds and the fall of lhasa. these are interesting, colorful, evolving scenes. but in the middle it gets bogged down with harrer's daily life, which is to be expected as he settled into 'life'; but he ceases, at that point, to make life interesting. he stops giving interesting in
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T'leah
This book deserves two different star ratings as it holds two completely different stories. That is the way I look at it anyway. Heinrich Harrer was a mountain climber who fled into Tibet when German's were being rounded up during the war. His journey, along with a friend, through the wastelands of Tibet was amazing. It was told in a way that you really felt for them and their trials and tribulations. Once they reach the city I lost interest. It goes on and on about how they had to make sure not ...more
Dave Maddock
Half amazing adventure story, half fascinating amateur cultural anthropology, I loved every bit of this book. In a weird way, it makes me want to learn German (or Tibetan) so I can read it again for the first time.
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Heinrich Harrer (6 de Julho de 1912 – 7 de Janeiro de 2006) foi um montanhista, investigador, geógrafo e escritor austríaco.
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