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4.0 out of 5 stars In some ways a sadly all too familiar story; but with an international dimension, 8 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Across Many Mountains: The Extraordinary Story of Three Generations of Women in Tibet (Paperback)
This book tells the story of 3 generations of Tibetan women who ultimately find peace and security in Switzerland, and later in New York. As with a number of Tibetan autobiographies there is a detailed account of how, in this instance, the eldest and her young daughter escaped on foot from Tibet into northern India following the Chinese invasion and brutal occupation of 1959. After a number of years the daughter meets and, following a tortuous amount of legal wrangling, marries a Swiss national. After their move to Switzerland a daughter Yangzom is born, so the book is actually written by someone who has a strong Tibetan connection but has never actually lived in her 'homeland'. The fact that the author is in many ways a product of the west is what makes this book particularly interesting as she provides a real insight into how adaptable her mother and grandmother have had to be, and what a struggle that has sometimes been.
Make no mistake, the Tibetans are an incredibly tough nation and I have enormous respect for their ability to cope with whatever life throws at them.
The book is written in a very straightforward style - although I'm not sure if this is due to the original text or its English translation - and I recommend it to anyone who wants to get an understanding of the tragedies that have been heaped on Tibet and also an overview of a way of life that will soon be lost.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story well worth reading!, 14 Jan. 2013
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This is the gripping story of how a Tibetan family managed to flee the Chinese invasion. It was written by the grand daughter, now a Swiss citizen. What I like about it was also the sense of, however cruel and painful the whole invasion was, it was also in a way an inevitability from the point of view of the evolution of human consciousness that the Tibetan culture came out of the dark ages. The book was well written and very moving.
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4.0 out of 5 stars diaspora, 8 April 2013
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story of tibetan life destroyed by the chinese invasion. along with thousands of other tibetans the family fled to india and began life anew.eventually moving to europe where a generation later they jet between europe and there artists loft apartment in new york.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read, 16 April 2014
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I couldn't put this book down, I love reading anything about Tibet and this story about 3 generations of women was just delightful and educational at the same time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A family saga which is true and compelling, 1 Mar. 2013
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Brilliant and compelling. This is a wonderful story which reads as a novel but is actually true. A really good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, 15 Sept. 2014
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Stunning story - now reading it for the second time
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