Midway, GA (PRWEB) September 05, 2013
Author Elsa M. Spencer found the fruit of a rare genetic combination when she met Kelsang and Dukar Kaiser. Their story, though, is typically more Tibetan, more of the tragedy that befell the people on the rooftop of the world. It took Spencer many months of research to be able to put together their story of personal triumph and tragedy in her new book “Escape from Shangri-la.”
Spencer first observes how they had very unusual-sounding names. They are Tibetan by birth and German Swiss through adoption. Their life stories, explained Gloria Kovell, the author’s sister, read like a movie plot. From these Elsa Spencer unreels an awesome saga that is colored by exotic Tibet and its serene mysteries. It is perhaps the life on a very inhospitable place that lends Tibetans a calmness, a grounding on essential spirituality. The author was gripped by this spirit and the more identifiable human spirit of endurance represented by the young Tibetans. These are the compelling qualities that permeate her biography–a story that Kelsang and Dukar Kaiser were not inclined to tell at first.
“Escape from Shangri-la” tracks the not-so-mysterious human exodus of Tibetans from Tibet to India. The year 1959 was the “…beginning of the end for the country on the highest mountain on earth.” The story unfolded slowly for the author, as who would volunteer information on personal tragedy when a whole nation suffered the same fearful, horrible fate with the world watching? Nevertheless, Kelsang and Dukar Kaiser cast an unusual tone in the proceedings, and this is probably the spark which Elsa Spencer felt and was committed to find out not only for herself but for a wider audience of readers. This is an illuminating memoir of luminescent beings from a people and religion whose depth of spirituality command intuitive respect from people all over the world. Spencer unerringly weaves the spark into her narrative and does a compelling illumination–through hunger and weariness in the long road to freedom–of Kelsang and Dukar’s youthful journey.
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About the Author
Elsa M. Spencer was born in Trieste, Northern Italy. She was educated in Trieste and frequented the Magistrali, a school for teachers. She traveled to Africa with her engineer father and lived almost two years in Tripoli, Libya, where she learned Arabic. With her soldier husband, she traveled a lot over the USA, Hawaii, and Europe. She wrote “Good-bye, Trieste,” a memoir of a fascist childhood and a warning to socialism; by herself, she visited China and Brazil. She belongs to Rosemary Daniell’s well-known writers’ workshop, Zona Rosa, of Savannah, Georgia. “Good-bye, Trieste,” was recommended as basis for a motion picture by the Hollywood readers as an excellent concept of a wonderfully expressive World War II memoir with impressive material.
Escape from Shangri-la * by Elsa M. Spencer
The Tibetan Exodus
Publication Date: August 28, 2013
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