Exemplary Travelogue Of Danger And Achievement By The Frenchwoman Madame Alexandra David Neel Of HerExpedition To Tibet, The Fifth In Her Series Of Asian Travels, And Her Personal Recounting Of Her Journey To Lhasa, Tibet S Forbidden City In Order To Penetrate Tibet And Reach Lhasa, She Used Her Fluency Of Tibetan Dialects And Culture, Disguised Herself As A Beggar With Yak Hair Extensions And Inked Skin And Tackled Some Of The Roughest Terrain And Climate In The World With The Help æ Voyage d'une Parisienne à Lhassa ☆ Download by ¼ Alexandra David-Néel Of Her Young Companion, Yongden, She Willingly Suffered The Primitive Travel Conditions, Frequent Outbreaks Of Disease, The Ever Present Danger Of Border Control And The Military To Reach Her GoalThe Determination And Sheer Physical Fortitude It Took For This Woman, Delicately Reared In Paris And Brussels, Is Inspiration For Men And Women AlikeDavid Neel Is Famous For Being The First Western Woman To Have Been Received By Any Dalai Lama And As A Passionate Scholar And Explorer Of Asia, Hers Is One Of The Most Remarkable Of All Travellers Tales 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.
Che tutti gli esseri siano felici.
A me una boccata d aria pura questa lettura me l ha regalata Le devo gratitudine alla girovaga, orientalista, filosofa, scrittrice, mezza sacerdotessa, un po maga e , quindi forse anche un po pazza, che arrivata a Lhasa al posto mio Mi ha caricata sulle spalle del suo singolare equipaggiamento, mi ha mostrato paesaggi incantati, di un luogo fantasticamente remoto, mi ha mostrato la forza della solitudine piena di ricchezza per la sua deliziosa libert.
Niente di troppo mistico, niente troppo vibrante come i gong percosse a ripetizione.
Narrazione della felicit di se stessi e del mondo.
Che ci vorrebbe tanto a tutti, mondo compreso.
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 also.
Since no woman, let alone a Western woman, would be allowed to enter, she used yak 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 th Í Voyage d'une Parisienne à Lhassa Í Mme David N el was one seriously badass explorer.
Though 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 Truth 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 her son out of would seem contrived in an adventure novel.
Mme 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 atheist.
Worth reading for anyone who loves the sky over their heads and the earth un 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.
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.
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 gramophones.
She 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 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 think I was traveling in Mexico when we read this book and 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.

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