Have You Heard About... Escape from the Land of Snows

… the hardships endured by the Dalai Llama and Tibet? Being a big fan of the Dalai Lama, when I saw Escape from the Land of Snows, by Stephan Talty, on the new book shelf, it didn’t take long to snatch it and head for the self-check machines.

I had read Freedom in Exile, The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama just after it had been published in 1990 and found it too to be a gripping read. The new book read like a thriller with plenty of suspense and a chance to cheer for the ultimate underdog. This is all about the March 17, 1959, Tibet uprising against the People’s Liberation Army of Communist China and the Dalai Lama’s ultimate decision to make a harrowing escape over the Himalayas to India. It is also about the events and atrocities leading up to that decision after months of China’s slow but deliberate takeover of the Tibetan people’s liberties, religion, and culture. Today, the Tibet Government in exile remains in Dharamsala, India, but many Tibetan people have never given up on the hope of their God King returning one day despite everything China has done to make the indigenous people feel like outsiders in their own country.


Reviewed by Richard (staff)