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This remarkable memoir, presented in spare, straight-forward prose, by a young Tibetan man, offers the reader an extraordinary opportunity to peer into a way of life that has existed on the high plains of his homeland since time immemorial, yet still remains hidden from most of our eyes. Like many Tibetan nomads, Karma-Dondrub isn’t certain of his birthday, just that it was sometime in 1983, in a black, yak-hair tent. He didn’t see a tree until he was eight years old and has never received a vaccination. In an age of instant communication it is difficult for many of us to comprehend that millions of our fellow humans still lead such lives―and for that reason alone Karma-Dondrub’s book is essential reading.