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In the Forbidden Land An account of a journey in Tibet, capture by the Tibetan authorities, imprisonment, torture and ultimate release [Kindle Edition]

Arnold Henry Savage Landor
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 671 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,315 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Look Back In History 11 May 2012
By Nick K
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Having read about recent Tibetan history this seemed an interesting look into life there over 100 years ago. The story is told by the British explorer and painter Arnold Landor as he travels through Tibet. The story is a fascinating insight into both how Tibetans lived in those days and also how a well to do explorer treated and described both the locals and also his entourage, who were treated as his servants and inferiors. It also describes the hardships and suffering caused by both the extreme conditions and at the hands of the Tibetans.

Whilst the language and attitudes are enough to make you cringe at times it is well worth a read to get a snapshot of history and how people were viewed in the days of the British Empire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting 21 Aug. 2012
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This is a great account and gives a lot of insight into Tibbet's cultural past.
The writer comes accross as a colonialist and a bit arrogant, but is also a remarkable character with strong personality. Thoroughly enjoyed it, was hard to put down and would reccommend it to anyone interested in history and adventure and travel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting snapshot of a past era. 30 Jan. 2013
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Can't criticise a free book on value for money! This is a book from a different world, when British rule ran in the himalayan foothills and Sahibs had manservants and porters and judged "natives' " intelligence by the shape of their heads. Nevertheless it is fascinating for the anachronistic but still somewhat charming style and the stiff upper lip approach when facing dangers and obstacles. Also it offers a glimpse of India, Nepal and Tibet as they were before 'civilisation' encroached. Provided one is not offended by the author's attitude ( or even in one is) it makes a reasonably entertaining read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tibet before it was spoiled 23 Jan. 2014
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If you want to discover and read about the landscape and nomadic tribes of Tibet before it was spoiled, then this will not disappoint. The attention to detail is amazing and there were times when it was hard to believe the author traversed ice and rivers without the luxury of today's modern equipment (or footwear!)
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2.0 out of 5 stars boring 12 Oct. 2013
By Vitaly - Published on
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I paid nothing for this book, so I should not complain, but actually I feel that 0$ is too much for it.

the book is about adventures of European traveler in north India.

the main points of the book are following :
1) the author is super-human
2) most of people living in Tibet are stinky cruel cowards , especially lamas which are fat and steal from poor people
3) traveling in mountains is difficult

- a lot of rare/archaic words , which may be good for english learner
- maybe we may learn something about culture of Tibet, but I am not sure that it is true. perhaps it was just invented by author.
- from this book we may see that some famous writers of past were not so smart
- it is good for insomnia, better than some sleep pills

- sometimes it is really annoying. I could read almost until end of it, but it took extraordinary effort
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Story 7 Jun. 2013
By Will Polensky - Published on
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This is the story of an amazing adventure, and a very different picture of Tibet than we typically see today.
4.0 out of 5 stars In the forbidden land 10 Aug. 2014
By Anthony P Hunt - Published on
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A remarkable and historic first hand account of pushing the frontier of human endeavour learning and survival. Had pictures referred to so frequently in the text been included then this book would readily have earned five stars from this reader.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love these adventurers and their stories 19 Dec. 2014
By J. Abbey - Published on
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I love these adventurers and their stories. Very engaging and interesting look at how people lived in pre-China Turkestan and Tibet.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Crash through or crash 25 May 2012
By Harry - Published on
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What a difference 100 years makes! This is a late nineteenth century tale of a British Raj `action man' who was determined to take on Tibet, welcome or not. And as it eventuated, definitely `not' - but he didn't know how to take the hint. Pushing on regardless, through horrific trials and torture (with some nasty sadomasochistic overtones) - it was a terrible shame he saw fit to have the pain and suffering inflicted on his hapless local followers as well. The author's brutal reflections on the supposedly cowardly, corrupt, inhospitable, elitist exploiters - the lamas - are confronting and bear little semblance to our current understanding of these spiritual leaders. Has the world really changed that much - perhaps the author was living the Walter Mitty life or experiencing a hyper-clash of cultures? At a more Machiavellian level, perhaps a set up for the British invasion of Tibet just a few years later? To my mind the author was no hero, just plain crazy.
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