|Plot Summary of Seven Years in Tibet|
Heinrich Harrer is an expert mountaineer from Austria who is in Asia at the outbreak of World War 2. He is sent to a camp in India, and after repeated attempts he escapes. He makes his way into Tibet, travelling through extremely dangerous areas with little equipment and resources, to avoid discovery and capture. Tibet is well known for not accepting visitors freely, yet with luck and bravado Harrer and his friend end up staying in the capital city, Lasa, as guests of the state.
They act as advisers to the government and Harrer becomes tutor of the child God-King, who happens to be the current Dalai Lama. Harrer makes his home in Tibet, not eager to return to a damaged Europe, until the Chinese invade Tibet and he is forced to flee.
Harrer was the first Westerner able to study Tibetan culture and society, and he made the most of this opportunity. The book give real insight into Tibet and the current situation, and also about the life of the Dalai Lama.
This synopsis report prepared by John Samson
|Chapter Analysis of Seven Years in Tibet|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 40%
Tone of story
Time/era of story:
- Civilian resistance
- WW II
Exploring into the wild
- surviving elements in wilderness
- being chased through wilderness
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Escape/rescue behind enemy lines?
- climbing on trails
- climbing with ropes
- fort/military installation
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Unusual forms of death
- dropped from large heights
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- little dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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