The Hotel on the Roof of the World: Five Years in Tibet Paperback – 7 Jan 2013
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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.’
From the Publisher
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Alec Le Sueur gives us an accurate and extremely amusing behind-the scenes look at hotel life. Hoteliers will find memories come bounding back as Le Sueur's tales remind them of similar experiences. How little the guest knows as he obliviously whiles his days away in his 'luxury' hotel!
For the traveller - both real and armchair - Le Sueur takes us on a journey through his Tibetan life, sharing with us his thoughts and observations. He gives us a rare insight into this mysterious country as he is one of just a handleful of foreigners who have spent such a long period of time living in this closed world.
At times his tales are thought-provoking, sometimes poignent. For the most part they are so funny I found myself laughing out loud.
This book is a mu-rad for anyone with an interest in Tibet or an appreciation for the 'funny side of life.'
i did thoroughly enjoy it as a read on my daily commute, and can honestly say i was still giggling during the day and telling colleagues about it, but also wish it had been longer.
Would recommend it as a great read about real people from a Westerners' point of view.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent account of Alec Le Sueur's five years in Tibet. It details his extraordinary working conditions and circumstances amid the backdrop of political, cultural and social... Read morePublished 1 month ago by TS
One thing that this book most definitely is not, is a strong advert for holidays in Tibet. Within in Alec Le Sueur describes what must have been a life-changing (in many ways)... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Open Ears
An Englishman who mistakenly thinks he's a cut above the locals, that's what this reminded me of. Some informative parts, the odd funny part but not as brilliant as other views... Read morePublished 1 month ago by AB
I originally bought this book, and his one on Belgium, from my local bookstore. The bookseller told me each time that the author was "a very nice man" but didn't comment... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Didn't like it at all. Flippant, condescending, disrespectful of the culture that was hosting him. Couldn't bear to read very far.....Published 5 months ago by M. Muir
Very funny and recognisable if you have been travelling in this area.Published 6 months ago by martijn
A great story which will ring true to those who've travelled and who've worked in hospitality both home and abroad.Published 7 months ago by Morven82
recommended by a friend....brilliant, funny, and in know way has discouraged me to visit TibetPublished 7 months ago by C. Lopez