Having read about recent Tibetan history this seemed an interesting look into life there over 100 years ago. The story is told by the British explorer and painter Arnold Landor as he travels through Tibet. The story is a fascinating insight into both how Tibetans lived in those days and also how a well to do explorer treated and described both the locals and also his entourage, who were treated as his servants and inferiors. It also describes the hardships and suffering caused by both the extreme conditions and at the hands of the Tibetans.
Whilst the language and attitudes are enough to make you cringe at times it is well worth a read to get a snapshot of history and how people were viewed in the days of the British Empire.
This is a great account and gives a lot of insight into Tibbet's cultural past. The writer comes accross as a colonialist and a bit arrogant, but is also a remarkable character with strong personality. Thoroughly enjoyed it, was hard to put down and would reccommend it to anyone interested in history and adventure and travel.
Can't criticise a free book on value for money! This is a book from a different world, when British rule ran in the himalayan foothills and Sahibs had manservants and porters and judged "natives' " intelligence by the shape of their heads. Nevertheless it is fascinating for the anachronistic but still somewhat charming style and the stiff upper lip approach when facing dangers and obstacles. Also it offers a glimpse of India, Nepal and Tibet as they were before 'civilisation' encroached. Provided one is not offended by the author's attitude ( or even in one is) it makes a reasonably entertaining read.
If you want to discover and read about the landscape and nomadic tribes of Tibet before it was spoiled, then this will not disappoint. The attention to detail is amazing and there were times when it was hard to believe the author traversed ice and rivers without the luxury of today's modern equipment (or footwear!)