Peaks on the Horizon

Peaks on the Horizon

Two Journeys in Tibet

eBook - 2015
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Charlie Carroll's obsession began with his chance discovery of Seven Years in Tibet in the "Adult Reading "section of his grade school library. The battered hardcover with faded gold lettering sparked a twenty-year obsession with Tibet, and after combing through every book, article, and documentary on the mysterious and controversial nation, Charlie finally decided it was time to stop reading other people's records and thoughts. A high school English teacher by then, he took a sabbatical and set out to experience the shrouded land for himself. Contending with Chinese bureaucracy, unforgiving terrain, and sickness-inducing altitude, Charlie sought entrance to twenty-first-century Tibet in all its heart-stopping beauty. The same year Charlie was browsing library shelves, Tibetan-born Lobsang was crossing the Himalayas on foot, enduring to flee the volatile region with his family at the young age of five. An exile in Nepal with an ear for languages, then a university student in India, he followed the love of his life back to their home country, only to be separated by China's harsh political backlash. In a teahouse at the border between China and Tibet, Lobsang met Charlie and recounted his extraordinary life story, exemplifying the hardship, resilience, and hope of modern Tibetan life.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Soft Skull Press, an imprint of Coounterpoint, [2015]
ISBN: 9781619025172
Characteristics: 1 online resource (367 pages) : map.

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May 14, 2016

This book is worth reading for anyone. Gain insight into - not only Tibetan culture and history - but also how we as humans repeat brutality and power monging in history. Read it and "FREE TIBET"

Dec 09, 2015

Two separate but interconnected true stories are depicted here - one, about a Tibetan who risked his life to leave his country that had been run over by Communists and made a life for himself, later to sneak back in once again at personal peril; two, a journalist who tried every trick into the book to visit the normally closed Tibet and when he managed to get in found a world of contradictions. Some detail is given to the 14th Dalai Lama, who has made reasonable peace proposals in exchange for his safe return to his homeland (chief of these is that Tibet would have the same status as Hong Kong and Macau) but have always been ignored by Beijing. If you've read "Seven Years in Tibet", you'll be surprised by just how much things have changed - and not just the cultural genocide.

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