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on 6 June 2017
so well-known a book has no need of my assessment, but my re-visit was an enjoyable trip to the far east.
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on 2 October 2015
Alexandra David-Neel's Buddhist studies are essential reading for all who are fascinated by the enigma that is Tibet, including the paranormal abilities and practices of that mysterious country. We can learn much in our noisy and often aggressive times from the contemplative rituals of the monks in their remote monasteries, past and present.
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on 11 November 2017
good
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on 9 August 2015
Good reading, fascinating subject.
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on 21 July 2013
This is an amazing read.
She was a remarkable woman who lived an extraordinary life in a world which now no longer exists.
Well worth the money.
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on 14 December 2015
An interesting true story of one woman's travels and involvement with Tibetan Buddhism (TB). Gives an insight into the (occult) nature of TB.
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on 19 October 2015
Owned this book in the original paperback years ago and I loved it then. It's an even better read now. I definitely recommend this.
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on 27 December 2014
This copy of The Magic and Mystery of Tibet was advertised as an the original book with dust cover, however this book is reprinted by TIME Life Books, which is not the advertised front cover and not the book I expected, I would not have paid the asking price, having known these conditions.
Regards Graeme
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on 6 July 2011
This book really needs to be read along with "Journey to Lhasa" It borrows a few stories from "Journey" and despite its title doesn't lead us very far into Alexandra's personal encounters with Tibetan Lamas, Magicians and Mystics. Maybe it was the style at the time of writing but nowadays one almost expects more about the author in a travel book than the travels themselves. Here the journey is mostly a mental one through some of Tibetan Buddhisms practices and beliefs as understood in the 1920's. I think its well written and injoyable, I just wish she had written a more personal account of her many years in and around Tibet.
Largely forgotten by english readers, and perhaps never forgiven, for being french and a trespasser in British controlled Tibet, her books, travels and life deserve to be remembered in the same way that Livingstone or Marco Polo stir the imagination, and remind us of those times when the world was a big place and there was a new country to explore just over the horizon.
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VINE VOICEon 30 May 2002
This book is a fascinating account of David-Neel's adventures in Tibet. It contains much of interest to anyone interested in Tibet, Magic, Buddism and turn of the 19th/20th century travel. This book is the source of the much quoted Tulpa experiments performed by the author.
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