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Escape from the Land of Snows by Stephan Talty
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Dec 21, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, vine, own
Read from January 06 to 11, 2011 — I own a copy

The history of Tibet and its relationship with China is outlined in this account of the Dalai Lama’s exile during the uprising in 1959. While the writing wasn’t exceptional, the subject was well researched and gave a good background of the political climate of the region at the time. China asserted its authority over Tibet, but there was resistance by the deeply religious people who did not want to be ruled by communists despite the progress and modernization they brought to the isolated nation. The unrest that lead to full out rebellion in Lhasa in 1959 resulted in the slaughter of thousands of innocent Tibetans and the exile of the Dalai Lama to India. Prior to reading this, I was unaware of the CIA’s role in attempting to suppress communism by aiding the rebels in Tibet. There were numerous interviews and quotes from participants in the uprising, monks and civilians, individuals who were working with the Americans, and the Dalai Lama and his family. I thought the epilogue was especially effective. The author concludes the book with his own narrative of his trip to Lhasa fifty years after the fateful date that demoralized Tibet. Talty illustrated the paranoia among the Tibetans, especially in the presence of so many Han Chinese and PLA troops. More than anything, though, there was a pervading sadness among the people at the absence of the Dalai Lama. Though these events helped bring awareness to Tibet’s plight and made His Holiness an international figure, the despondency of the Tibetans is palpable and unfortunate.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program.
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