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The Dalai Lama : a biography
Marcello, Patricia Cronin.
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003.
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xv, 173 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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BQ7935.B777 M37 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Dalai Lama is both the living conscience of the Tibetan people and an internationally respected human rights symbol. His high-profile appearances and books have fueled the surging popularity of Buddhism in the United States and throughout the West. This new, up-to-date biography provides insight into the curious and winning personality of the Dalai Lama as a boy and his wisdom as a man. The Buddhist spiritual worlds and the Dalai Lama's rarified role are engagingly and evenly presented.

The Dalai Lama's story is revealed from his early family life to his experiences in the world, his education as the 14th incarnation of the Lama, his exile in India, and his current struggles to help Tibet regain its independence from China. Especially helpful is the clear historical overview of the Tibetan crisis after the Chinese invasion. A timeline and glossary also supplement the text. Though the book is written especially for high school students doing reports, it will also be of immense interest to general readers.

Author Notes

PATRICIA CRONIN MARCELLO is a freelance writer. She is the author of biographies of Jerry Garcia, Pope John Paul II, Princess Diana, and Matt Damon.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-This biography of the exiled Tibetan leader makes up in depth of detail what it lacks in objectivity. Drawing extensively from the Dalai Lama's own published memoirs and many other accounts of his life and the situation in Tibet, Marcello's lengthy, strictly chronological account begins with the subject's birth, selection for the position, education, and career, concluding with a short chapter on his present life. The author clearly supports the Dalai Lama's position against Chinese occupation of Tibet; the Chinese position is mentioned in several scattered places but not explained. She often reports individuals' positions and feelings without attribution, though all of the direct quotations are footnoted. The writing style is fairly clear, but dry. Illustrations are limited to a two-page "photo-essay" with four black-and-white photographs of the Dalai Lama. Whitney Stewart's The 14th Dalai Lama (Lerner, 2000) and Louis G. Perez's The Dalai Lama (Rourke, 1993), both written for a slightly younger audience, include many illustrative photographs and sufficient background information to explain the events described. Chris Gibb's The Dalai Lama (Raintree, 2003) is much shorter but features larger, color photographs, and includes coverage of other important Tibetan religious figures. Clearly, Marcello's book is aimed at high school report writers, and is a serviceable addition for libraries serving them.-Jonathan Betz-Zall, City University Library, Everett, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Timeline of Events in the Life of the Fourteenth Dalai Lamap. xiii
Chapter 1 The Birth of Lhamo Dhondupp. 1
Chapter 2 Search for a Fourteenth Rulerp. 11
Chapter 3 The Road to Lhasap. 23
Chapter 4 Assuming the Life of a Monkp. 35
Chapter 5 The Chinese Invasionp. 47
Chapter 6 Dealing with the Motherlandp. 63
Chapter 7 Breakdown and Failure of Relationsp. 79
Chapter 8 Escape to Indiap. 95
Chapter 9 A More Permanent Homep. 111
Chapter 10 Charming the Worldp. 121
Chapter 11 An Improved Position in the Worldp. 137
Chapter 12 The Dalai Lama's Daily Lifep. 149
Glossaryp. 159
Selection of Published Works by the Fourteenth Dalai Lamap. 161
Selected Bibliographyp. 163
Indexp. 167