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An exemplary travelogue of danger and achievement by the Frenchwoman Madame Alexandra David-Neel of her 1923 expedition 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 of her young companion, Yongden, she willingly suffered the primitive travel conditions, frequent outbreaks of disease, and the ever-present danger of border control and the military to reach her goal. The determination and sheer physical fortitude it took for this woman, delicately reared in Paris and Brussels, is an inspiration for men and women alike. 

David-Neel is famous for being the first Western woman to have been received by any Dalai Lama and a passionate scholar and explorer of Asia. Hers is one of the most remarkable of all travel tales!

Public Domain (P)2019 Apollo Press

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An incredible story

This is an incredible and inspirational story of endurance and daring. Her colourful description of the Tibetan landscape makes you want to see it all for yourself. I highly recommend this true story to anyone interested in travel or adventure!

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  • R. mckenzie
  • 26-07-2020

Story good, Narration poor

As the title might imply, the book is dated and has racist tones, but nothing unusual for its time. The story kept my interest but the narrator not only mispronounced Asian words but many common English words. It would be okay if it was a Libravox volunteer reading the book but this was not a free book. I would have returned it for a refund but the rest of the book was good enough that I toughed it out.

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