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Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
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Jan 11, 10

bookshelves: road-lit
Read in January, 2010

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 information about tibetan society and gets a little lost in glossing over the random jobs he was doing - building roads for the gov't, building a tennis court to amuse himself and a few others, gardening - and the story dwindles.

the dwindling doesn't kill it, but it dulls the shine. still a good book. still makes me want to continue traveling.
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