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The Hotel on the Roof of the World: Five Years in Tibet Paperback – 7 Jan 2013

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (7 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849533431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849533430
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 119 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This read has been compared to Fawlty Towers and then rated as funnier. I'd have to agree.'

(St Christopher's Live Your Life e-zine)

'Five years working in the Holiday Inn in Lhasa facing some pretty unusual challenges.'

(The Bookseller)

'Imagine moving Faulty Towers from Torquay to Tibet... Le Sueur has distilled five years of real anecdotes into one hilarious volume'

(FOCUS Magazine)

'This is a rip-roaring comedy of a book... Underlying the story is a heart-warming and sensitive understanding of the Tibetan people'

(The Himalayan Club)

'This title follows in the footsteps of author Alec Le Sueur, who worked at the Holiday Inn Lhasa in Tibet for five years, where he had to deal with fly infestations at state banquets and unexpected deliveries of live snakes.'

(ABTA Magazine)

'witty, detailed and often hysterical account of the daily disasters that occurred within the hotel's rat-infested walls'

(Wanderlust)

'hugely evocative and frequently hilarious'

(The Good Book Guide)

'His entertaining tale provides a fascinating insight into the country.'

(The Western Morning News)

‘One of the most strangely seductive places I’ve been to … Thank you to Alec Le Sueur for bringing it to life.’

(Michael Palin)

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An informative and entertaining read.
The running of a hotel in Tibet as subject for this book is simply the tip of the iceberg. Not only does Le Sueur give us highly entertaining and laugh out loud anecdotes in his account of running the Holiday Inn at Lhasa, but also a fascinating insight into the culture and politics that have been woven into the fabric of this land for hubndreds and hundreds of years. His lighthearted, everyday dealings with the Tibetans and Chinese are pieced togather and layered so that we are able, with Le Sueur's help, to become embroiled in a social and political commentary, without really knowing it.

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