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Heinrich Harrer is an expert mountaineer from Austria who is in Asia at the outbreak of World War 2. He is sent to a camp in India, and after repeated attempts he escapes. He makes his way into Tibet, travelling through extremely dangerous areas with little equipment and resources, to avoid discovery and capture. Tibet is well known for not accepting visitors freely, yet with luck and bravado Harrer and his friend end up staying in the capital city, Lasa, as guests of the state.
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They act as advisers to the government and Harrer becomes tutor of the child God-King, who happens to be the current Dalai Lama. Harrer makes his home in Tibet, not eager to return to a damaged Europe, until the Chinese invade Tibet and he is forced to flee.

Harrer was the first Westerner able to study Tibetan culture and society, and he made the most of this opportunity. The book give real insight into Tibet and the current situation, and also about the life of the Dalai Lama.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 40% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Civilian resistance Specific to    -   WW II Exploring into the wild    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   surviving elements in wilderness    -   being chased through wilderness Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Escape/rescue behind enemy lines?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   explorer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   German


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing on trails    -   climbing with ropes Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   frozen Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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