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Beyond Seven Years in Tibet: My Life Before, During and After Hardcover – 6 Oct 2007

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  • Hardcover: 511 pages
  • Publisher: Labyrinth Press (6 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1921196009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1921196003
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 4.5 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is an exciting page turning autobiography of one the worlds most well known and controversial explorers. Harrer talks about all of his adventures during lis long life. He controversially puts his side of the story about his Nazi and SS membership in 1938/9 after his success of climbing the North Face of the Eiger. He talks about candidly his Seven Years in Tibet revealing many aspects not previously talked about in his previous books. Harrer had a great number of adventures after his time in Tibet that most people have no idea of. He went mountaineering in Alaska and the Andes, explored the Amazon, and the Congo with King Leopold of Belgium, went to West New Guinea where he made the first ascent of the 5000m Cantenz Pyramid, made the first crossing of Borneo and many more. What an amazing life!
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A classic account of the life of a remarkable man. Harrer was fortunate to live in a time when there were still areas of the world that were blank on the map. This inspirational book tells the fascinating story of a lifetime dedicated to the exploration of some of those regions. The German edition of the book sold over 60,000 copies.
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Very good autobiography which should be read after reading Seven Years in Tibet and The White Spider.
The copy I received was in excellent condition but pages 33-64 are missing and pages 97-128 appear twice. This would appear to be a manufacturing error and whilst annoying didn't impair my enjoyment too greatly.
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Heinrich Harrer seems to uphold the "old school" values of discretion and loyalty to friends, especially, no doubt, if those friends include the Dalai Lama who has to tread a careful and diplomatic line in his dealings with east and west. For this reason, Harrer's book is not as informative as it might have been. He gives the impression of having been an important influence on the Dalai Lama when he was still a child, but we learn nothing about what the Dali Lama might have learned from him, other than how to operate a film projector.

Likewise he says very little about his family life, skating over his second marriage in one paragraph. I respect him for this discretion, but it does make the book less informative than if it were a biography written a decent interval after his death.

He paints a very rosy picture of life in Tibet before the Chinese invasion, but this is of course from the POV of a "5th class noble" which was the rank into which the Tibetan government allocated him. He seems to have fitted comfortably into this very hierachical society- a more questioning approach would have been more interesting. By contrast, Alexandra David-Neel, who spent much longer in Tibet than Harrer, describes the lamas as a very mixed bunch- some very spiritual and enlightened, others worldly and even corrupt.

The chapters about Tibet were the most interesting, but this has already been covered in his more famous book "Seven Years in Tibet". His later life is frankly not so interesting, with reminiscences of meetings with various people but little information about them other than about how courteous and pleasant they all were.
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Harrer died in 2006 and was one of the greatest adventurers and climbers of the 20th Century. He is of course best known for his book Seven Years In Tibet, later adapted well into film, starring Brad Pitt.

Harrer here described his early life, his internment as an enemy civilian in wartime British India and his escape when the war had almost finished. That escape brought him to Tibet and to its forbidden capital, Lhasa, where he famously later became the tutor or one of the tutors to the young 14th Dalai Lama.

Harrer also talks about his life after his time in Tibet (after the terrible Chinese invasion). He adventured all over the world, funded by his bestselling book and by lectures etc. Surinam, Borneo, Papua New Guinea and many other places.

Harrer did meet with Brad Pitt during and after the filming of Seven Years in Tibet and explains the extent to which the Jewish-American mass media "claque" commentariat tried to rubbish both him and the film, by digging out the fact that, in 1938, in order to be able to teach sports, he had joined the NSDAP and later SS as a junor officer, though the rank was notional (he never received any military training). Even Simon Wiesenthal accepted his explanation of his conduct, but that did not stop the "claque" protests (the film was also pretty well rubbished by similar people --critics etc-- in the UK, despite its quality and veracity).

I found the first half or so of this book more interesting than the second, though that is probably so because I am only somewhat and not very interested in expeditions etc.

Very good.
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