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Tibet has long fascinated the West, but what really lies beyond our romantic image of a mystical mountain kingdom of peace and spirituality? The author sets out to discover the truth. Travelling through the country, he meets exiled monks, nomads and a nun secretly fighting Chinese rule.
Tibet has long fascinated the West, but what really lies beyond our romantic image of a mystical mountain kingdom of peace and spirituality? Patrick French set out to discover the truth, and his extraordinary account has been widely acclaimed. Travelling through the country, French meets exiled monks, nomads and a nun secretly fighting Chinese rule, but also young Tibetans with a more pragmatic attitude to their situation. Interweaving these encounters with little-known stories of war and turmoil from Tibet's past, he reveals a more nuanced, fascinating and surprising picture of this complex place than any other book has done.
'Mixes a compelling subject, magnificent prose and deep understanding' The Times
'Inspired and heartfelt ... shows that Tibet was never the peace-loving paradise so many generations of well-wishers have longed for it to be' Los Angeles Times
'Tibet, Tibet, so good they named it twice ... French is a writer of generous talents Sunday Times French has produced something very different from what he calls Tibetophile literature, something greatly superior in its honesty and lack of false sentiment' Spectator
'A gripping mix of history, travel writing and personal memoir... vividly told. Observer An accomplished writer and a keen observer (French) reports his findings vividly... French's reporting is excellent and this is an enjoyable and informative tour of Tibet.' The Guardian
'First hand accounts of everyday experiences gleaned from close contact with Tibetan priests, politicians and peasants illuminate this moving book of modern day Tibet.' The Times
Publication date: 27/01/2011
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||27th January 2011|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, The Real World,|
|Categories:||Asian history, Travel writing,|
Patrick French is a writer and historian, born in England in 1966. He is the author of Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer, which won the Somerset Maugham Award and the Royal Society of Literature W. H. Heinemann Prize, Liberty or Death: India's Journey to Independence and Division , which won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, Tibet, Tibet: A Personal History of a Lost Land and, most recently, The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the National Book Critics Circle Award and ...More About Patrick French