How many of you had gasped watching Brad Pitt in “Seven Years in Tibet?”
More than the movie, I wanted to read the book. The story itself, unbelievably real, has to offer much more to the listener. So I did, never knowing how fascinated I will be while running through Heinrich Harrer’s journey.
Short, unspoiling review about Tibet’s secrets
This famous Austrian alpinist, Heinrich Harrer gets an invitation in 1939 to identify along with other mountain climbers new access to Nanga Parbat from India. But as the 2nd World War breaks out, the members of the expedition had to return to Europe. Some of them needed the transfer from a bearing to another. But this go come won’t stop them to plan an escape, as their primary purpose is to go in Tibet.
From all of them, only the author, Heinrich Harrer and his fellow Peter Aufschnaiter succeed on escaping and crossing the country. Their adventure is correctly described in the book, with ups and downs, difficulties in getting food or the help of natives.
In those seven years in Tibet, the two males learned the language. Also, their fascination for the Asian country has culminated with the visit of Lhasa. Lhasa is the capital of Tibet, where no European has ever reached. The Tibetans didn’t permit the Europeans to visit their central city till then.
Heinrich Harrer and Dalai Lama
Needless to say how impatient I was to discover the friendship between Dalai Lama and the author, through his main words. The fascinating story about Heinrich being the teacher of Dalai Lama and accompanying him to India, while Tibet was under China’s invasion, was the best part of the book.
Reasons to read the book
“Seven Years in Tibet” is a bestseller, so the world translated the book into over fifty languages.
What really impressed me was the writing style, its flow. Is like watching a movie, not reading. Although there are so many twists and stories about escaping the bearing or the extended episodes of crossing the massif Himalaya, the reader doesn’t get tired.
Before watching the movies, although it is hard to believe you haven’t done it yet, read the book! Discover Lhasa, the natives’ customs, a different world of Tibet and a life lesson story about the power of not giving up.