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The Open Road by Pico Iyer
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Feb 07, 2013

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bookshelves: slis-202
Recommended for: Anyone interested in Pico Iyer, the Dali Lama, or Tibetan Buddhism
Read in August, 2008

I'm a little disappointed because I had high expectations. I like Pico Iyer's writing so much, and I'm somewhat interested in Tibetan Buddhism.
The author's purpose is, I believe, to peal away the layers of myth and cult surrounding the Dali Lama and give the reader an insight into the Dali Lama as a person, an exiled head of state, and to some, a god figure. (Pico Iyer's father is a friend of the Dali Lama, and Pico himself has known him for more than 30 years).
Instead, I came away feeling the stereotypes are reinforced rather than shot down, and with the exception of some wonderful personal anecdotes, I didn't come away feeling I know the Dali Lama any better.
That said, Iyer's writing is outstanding, and I loved the book most when his voice came through. Especially his descriptions of Dharamsala.

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