The Hotel on the Roof of the World

  • by Alec Le Sueur
  • Narrated by Steven Kynman
  • 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The very aptly named Mr Pong had the kind of breath that could stun at over ten feet… This wasn’t just bad – there was something rotten down there. Something had crawled in and died. Gunter howled with laughter as he saw the look of horror on my face. It was the best entertainment he had seen since he had watched Chef chasing yaks through the kitchens.
Few foreigners are lucky enough to set foot on Tibetan soil, but Alec Le Sueur spent five extraordinary years there, working in the unlikeliest Holiday Inn in the world. Against the breath taking beauty of the Himalayas unfolds a highly amusing and enlightening account of his experiences. Fly infestations at state banquets, unexpected deliveries of live snakes, a predominance of yaks and everything yak-related, the unbelievable Miss Tibet competition, insurmountable communication problems and a dead guest are just some of the entertainments to be found at the ‘Fawlty Towers’ of Lhasa.
Le Sueur, the only Westerner since the days of Heinrich Harrer to spend so long in Tibet, examines the country’s intriguing cultural background, providing a fascinating insight into a country that was only just opening up to the outside world.


What the Critics Say

“...offers lucid details about living in a place that westerners tend to misunderstand.” (Time Magazine)
“An hillarious account of a clash of cultures...a comparison with Fawlty Towers is inevitable, but this is funnier.” (Mail on Sunday)
“Imagine moving Faulty Towers from Torquay to Tibet...Le Sueur has distilled five years of real anecdotes into one hilarious volume...unbelievably true.” (Focus Magazine)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

only wish it was longer

An entertaining and funny story in a country where stories are usually spiritual or depicting oppression.
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- K. Zellmer

Very funny and very insightful

If you could sum up The Hotel on the Roof of the World in three words, what would they be?


Who was your favorite character and why?

Tashi, his explanation that he is Tashi. Tashi Delek.

Which scene was your favorite?

The funeral. Having been China this is something I could see a guide doing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The entire book is very funny. I laughed out load at several points.

Any additional comments?

I have been to China on several occasions’ both as a tourist (with China Spree), and while on business. China is a very unique place with an amazing culture. But, to our western way of life a lot of this culture is truly bizarre. This book demonstrates some of this culture, while still showing that we are all one tribe. We all generally want the same things out of life.
This is one of the best fish out of water stories that I have ever read… or been read. If you like humor like the Hitchhiker Guide or Monty Python you will love this book.

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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-30-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios