Tibet, Tibet

A Personal History of a Lost Land

By Patrick French
(Vintage Departures, Paperback, 9781400034178, 325pp.)

Publication Date: September 28, 2004

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At different times in its history Tibet has been renowned for pacifism and martial prowess, enlightenment and cruelty. The Dalai Lama may be the only religious leader who can inspire the devotion of agnostics. Patrick French has been fascinated by Tibet since he was a teenager. He has read its history, agitated for its freedom, and risked arrest to travel through its remote interior. His love and knowledge inform every page of this learned, literate, and impassioned book.

Talking with nomads and Buddhist nuns, exiles and collaborators, French portrays a nation demoralized by a half-century of Chinese occupation and forced to depend on the patronage of Western dilettantes. He demolishes many of the myths accruing to Tibet–including those centering around the radiant figure of the Dalai Lama. Combining the best of history, travel writing, and memoir, Tibet, Tibet is a work of extraordinary power and insight.




About the Author
Patrick French's first biography, "Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer, "won the Somerset Maugham Award and the Royal Society of Literature's W. H. Heinemann Prize. He lives in London.
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