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Harrer was a young Austrian in the mid-1930s when he and a group of friends went to India to climb the Himalayas World War II broke out while they were there and they were imprisoned by the British as enemy aliens The group made several attempts to escape the internment camp at Dehra-Dun and finally at the third attempt Harrer and his friend Peter Aufschnaiter succeeded They spent three years travelling walking through the Asian wilds chased at the beginning by British soldiers until they entered Tibet At the time entry into Tibet by foreigners was absolutely illegal and of course they two men had no documentation money or supplies to ease their journey or establish their bona fides They eventually entered Lhasa the forbidden city and there began new lives for themselves They were welcomed most surprisingly by the nobles of the city and soon became part of it They learned the language became unofficial architects and engineers for the Tibetans and Harrer became a close friend and semi-official tutor for the then teen-aged Dalai Lama The people customs and life that Harrer describes in this book are extraordinary and I believe all readers will be as caught up in it as I was Unfortunately when the Communist Chinese entered Tibet in 1950 Harrer was forced to leave the country however his memories are so vivid that he brings his entire experience to life once again in this book This book so intrigued me that I began reading everything I could find on Tibet which wasnt an easy task a dozen years ago Finally after years of dreaming and planning I went to Tibet in 1992 to see the country for myself Its a journey that will live with me forever and Seven Yers in Tibet is the place it all began
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