Ot the least of which was a constant fear of being turned back at border control
STOPS SHE IS NOW LAUDED ASShe is now lauded as first woman who was in the presence of the Holy Dali Lhama In her lifetime she traveled all over Asia and wrote books detailing all of her discoveries She was an amazing woman and her name should be well known While there is absolutely no doubt that Alexandra David Neel was truly an amazing woman and her trip was a great feat I must say that this book was a bit of a disappointment I can t imagine having endured what she did and to do so with such apparent ease and almost nonchalance The experiences and encounters along her journey were undoubtedly exciting but somehow the writing and storytelling itself managed to lack the excitement an adventure such as this would guarantee A little hard to get into at first but what this woman did is truly amazing And the coolest thing about it is she seems totally unfazed by having to hike through chest deep snow and survive on butter tea for long stretches of time to reach Lhasa not to mention being disguised as a Tibetan peasant the
whole time I ve read a lot of travel books and this woman is the real deal I was amazedtime I ve read a lot of travel books and this woman is the real deal I was amazed some reason to see this book on Goodreads I knew that I had it and I ve been searching for the past half hour The reason I couldn t find it first of all is that my book is in FrenchIt s just called Le Tibet d Alexandria David N el I purchased this at her museum in Digne les Bains in Provence in 1991 I had spent a ear in France and at the time my spoken French was dreadful Even now I doubt if I will ever be fluent in the language It is such a rich and sophisticated language Still I communicate I guess and I hear the errors spilling from my mouth when I speakAnyway I digress I went to this museum for the simple reason that there was a Buddhist monk in attendance I was very influenced by Buddhism at that time Needless to say the monk was not to be seen but I saw this wonderfully illustrated relatively short book of 155 pages and thought well
I Haven T Seen Thehaven t seen the but I can take this one as a souvenir I did have problems reading it at the timeImagine a woman all alone an explorer who had tried to disguise herself as a Tibetan very difficult looking at the photos and travels to Sikkim in Tibet in 1913 and then on to Lhasa What an adventure The photographs are a treasure in themselves You see the author sitting with the women in the market and then there are fabulous photos of Lhasa itself And the author lived to 101 ears of age Evidently we must all go to TibetI m so pleased that I came across this agai. Western woman to reach Lhasa Annotation copyright Book News Inc Portland
Free read Voyage d'une Parisienne à Lhassa.
Uses people and especially New Year festivities in Lhasa are amazing This is the story of Alexandra David Neel s journey to Lhasa in the 1920s when it was forbidden for a woman to visit the holy city She had to disguise herself as a man and travel on foot through harsh terrain She was in her 50s at the time of this amazing journey Wild story of walking out of China into Tibet at age 55 around 1920 She was extraordinary and went on to write 30 books bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West She learned Tibetan and became a nun The details are unbelievable and that s why some people wonder how she did it but there is a photo of her sitting in front of the Potala with her face covered with soot from a cooking pot so her white skin would not give her away Foreigners were forbidden at the time Mme David N el was one seriously badass explorerThough she often regards the Tibetan peasantry as childish and superstitious in comparison to the civilisation of her native France Mme David N el s love for the country and formidable achievements as a holy lama shine through France Mme David N el s love for the country and formidable achievements as a holy lama shine through often provides us with stranger tales than fiction and this is certainly one
instance a lot of the narrow scrapes that cunning determination or sheer good luck got Mme David N el and hera lot of the narrow scrapes that cunning determination or sheer good luck got Mme David N el and her out of would seem contrived in an adventure novelMme David N el takes it all in stride from leopards and bandits to officials and the supernatural with maps in her boots a revolver under her peasant disguise and an unshakeable self possession of the sort that could and probably would stand before her God and declare herself an atheistWorth reading for anyone who loves the sky over their heads and the earth under their boots and can put up with This is an incredible story of the first Western woman to enter the Forbidden City known as Lhasa in Tibet In 1923 Alexandra David Neel successfully met her goal but not without a lot of planning Having been rasied in Paris and Brussels Alexandra had set many lofty goals for herself and went on many adventures but nothing could compare to entering the Forbidden City She was fluent in the various dialects spoken in Tibet and was well informed about cultural s in Tibet alsoSince no woman let alone a Western woman would be allowed to enter she used ak hair to make hair extensions and took on the attire of a beggar man It would have been nearly impossible to take this journey successfully alone considering the rugged terrain and rough weather conditions that can occur in and around Tibet It was with her loyal companion Youngden that she succeeded She endured many hardships along the way Old Frenchwoman who trekked in disguise for four months to become the first. .
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MEXICO WHEN WE READ THIS BOOKwhen we read this book I always thought how easy my new life was in comparison I still love the book and think anyone who likes to travel should read it Nature has a language of its own or maybe those who have lived long in solitude read in it their own unconscious inner feelings mysterious foreknowledge The majestic Kha Karpo towering in a clear sky lit by a full moon did not appear
To Me That Eveningme that evening the menacing guardian of an impassable frontier it looked like a worshipful but affable Deity standing at
THE THRESHOLD OF A MYSTIC LANDthreshold of a mystic land to welcome protect the adventurous lover of Thibet This uote sets the tone for the book for the inner journey as well as the outer journey I live in Northern India have had friends trek in regions north of where I m staying that have similar terrain to the descriptions in this book so I was fascinated to read her descriptions of the land the people as it evoked the timelessness of the region Many of her observations are just as true today as they were at the time of writing Didn t want it to end Even if only half of what this lady endured and did to get to Lhasa in disguise of a beggar Tibetan woman were true it would still be a story made of win That was by the way in the time when white people in Asia traveled with tables chairs bread ovens and gramophonesShe and her companion traveled on foot thinly clad living mostly on buttered tea and from time to time stuff so horrible it would burn a hole in my Goodreads page through snow and ice and mud They encountered crafty and stingy peasants bandits wild animals knights and officials but also pilgrims and lamas from faraway lands They slept in caves under a blanket or flat tent covered with snow rarely on dirt floor by the fire I wonder if the story of Mme Alexandra making fire using the techniue of tumo is real They tried to do good by the people they met by the way but mostly could do very little to alleviate poverty and need And the feeling of love and sense of wonder never left her no matter the difficultiesI don t know I think I m sort of morbidly fascinated by Tibet I never tire reading about it but I wouldn t like to travel there I d rather be born in Tibet than go there knowing of other ways of life I wonder how Mme Alexandra came to love it and Talk About Books A Study Of Reading Groups yearn for it so much when it s obvious it was a horrible place Back then it was a backward feudal theocracy where most people were nothing and had nothing It s evident from her account Now it s a communist wasteland where most people are nothing and have nothingThe descriptions of the nature ho. Reprint of the Harper Bros original of 1927 The memoirs of a stout 55ear. ,