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Far Beyond the Garden Gate: Alexandra David-Neelís Journey to Lhasa
Don Brown (au) (il)
In her time, Alexandra David-Neel was the most famous woman in France. She had traveled in China and Tibet and, in 1924, was the first Western woman ever to enter the forbidden capital of Tibet, Lhasa. She was a self-taught Buddhist scholar and spoke Tibetan flawlessly. She spent a year in the Himalaya Mountains, living in a cave like a hermit. She even disguised herself as a beggar and traveled in the company of a young lama (Tibetan monk); later, she adopted him as her son. And she did it all when she was in her mid-50s when she arrived in Lhasa. This is a biography of a remarkable women -- a story of high adventure, of trekking through snow-choked mountain passes, and also that of a prolific writer and passionate advocate of Tibetan culture. Illus.
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