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For a long time i've been fascinated by Mongolia and i've pretty much gobbled up every book i could find on that country. And i have to say that this book is my favorite of them all. Although, not set in 'actual' Mongolia, this book paints a beautiful picture of the lives and trials of the people living in the mongolian grasslands. The book is an autobiographical story of a young chinese intellectual 'Chen Zhen' who was sent work in the remote grasslands as a part of his 're-education' during the Chinese cultural revolution.   Its a tale of the incredible beauty of the rugged grasslands. One of my lasting memories from the book is the scene of the hunt in the snow lake. The wily Wolves chase a herd of Gazelles into a deep snow field and have them trapped in the deep snow. After the wol