Virtual Tibet: Searching for Shangri-La from the Himalayas to Hollywood

Virtual Tibet: Searching for Shangri-La from the Himalayas to Hollywood

Orville Schell / Sep 20, 2019

Virtual Tibet Searching for Shangri La from the Himalayas to Hollywood What has made remote mountainous Tibet and its only real celebrity the Dalai Lama so abidingly fascinating to the West In Virtual Tibet Orville Schell one of the preeminent experts on modern Chin

  • Title: Virtual Tibet: Searching for Shangri-La from the Himalayas to Hollywood
  • Author: Orville Schell
  • ISBN: 9780805043822
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Paperback
  • What has made remote, mountainous Tibet and its only real celebrity, the Dalai Lama, so abidingly fascinating to the West In Virtual Tibet, Orville Schell, one of the preeminent experts on modern China and Tibet, undertakes a strange and wondrous odyssey into our Tibetan fantasies He recounts the spellbinding adventures of the Western explorers and spiritualists who forWhat has made remote, mountainous Tibet and its only real celebrity, the Dalai Lama, so abidingly fascinating to the West In Virtual Tibet, Orville Schell, one of the preeminent experts on modern China and Tibet, undertakes a strange and wondrous odyssey into our Tibetan fantasies He recounts the spellbinding adventures of the Western explorers and spiritualists who for centuries were bent on reaching forbidden Tibet and the holy city of Lhasa Simultaneously, Schell embarks on a parallel present day journey from Beastie Boys Free Tibet concerts to a re creation of Lhasa in the high Argentine Andes the extravagant set of Seven Years in Tibet, starring Brad Pitt.At once comic and insightful, Virtual Tibet takes us beyond the fantasies to the reality of an isolated country that has repeatedly won the West s adoration, and paid the price for believing that our allegiance is profound.

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    1. Om money padme humThe love of the exotic lurks in many hearts and has for centuries. Some people, when told a place is closed, off limits, verboten, must go there at any cost. So it was with Tibet. But not only was Tibet far away, a blank spot on world maps, it had an aura of magic, mysticism, and mystery. Tibet---mysticism---the occult---spiritual life: these connections spread through the West and Russia like measles in a kindergarten. What a challenge, then, for the adventurers of this world. [...]


    2. I really enjoyed parts of this book, and appreciated the long range view of western fantasies of Tibet and the kind of case study of "Seven Years in Tibet," but I felt that some things got repetitive. It was hard for me to keep track of all the various European explorers and writers, and I think I would rather have had the discussion of them more focused instead of being more spread out through out. This cold be specific to my interests, however. At times I felt the book was more interesting whe [...]



    3. Not many books tackle the West's fascination with Tibet in such a readable way as Schell does. My only complaint is that the focus on the film, Seven Years in Tibet, dates the book somewhat.



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