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Editorial Reviews. Review. In the autumn of , the writer Peter Matthiessen set out in the company of zoologist George Schaller on a hike that. 4 Apr Peter Matthiessen’s The Snow Leopard, his famous book about a spiritual quest to a Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas, is 40 years old. 6 Apr Peter Matthiessen, the American author who co-founded The Paris Review and won awards for books such as The Snow Leopard and Shadow.

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When Matthiessen went to Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and, possibly, to glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard, he undertook his five-week trek as winter snows were sweeping into the high passes. Peter Matthiessen is the author of more than thirty books and the only writer to win the National Book Award for both non-fiction The Snow Leopard, in two categories, in and and fiction Shadow Country, in Don’t have a Kindle?

Edward Abbey fans, this one’s for you! Born to a wealthy background in New York inMatthiessen had his first short story published in the Atlantic Monthly when he was still a student at Yale.

Matthiessen’s The Snow Leopard is his account of his two months in Nepal. So noting that the journey is more important tje the destination fits here, in a book whose title refers to the author’s quest to view the snow leopard in its Himalayan habitat during a perilous late fall journey to the remote Dolpo region of Nepal, peer area so far from the rest of the world that amtthiessen author’s traveling companion notes the total absence of machine sound, even the engine noise of a plane.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Would matthiedsen make it before the snow season turned the world impassable? It is an account of his two-month search for the snow leopard with naturalist George Schaller in the Dolpo region on the Tibetan Plateau in the Himalayas. It’s really a travel book with and emphasis on self discovery; and it reads a little like a journal–with the flatness and occasional tedium that that entails.


He is a student of zen Buddhism and is trying to write a zen Buddhist book.

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About a year after the death of his wife, Matthiessen travels along with sonw friend in search of a snow leopard, really in the search of big blue sheep. His breakthrough work was the novel At Play in the Fields of the Lord, which dealt with missionaries at oeter in difficult circumstances in Brazil.

It is much more akin to “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”. A Supernatural Suspense Thriller. Learn how to meditate easily – without the Love, Your sun, Alex. Here, the journey begins with the goal of being able to see the ever elusive snow leopard in a very remote part of the Himalayas. The story is extremely well written and is far from a standard adventure drama. The book peher the form of a daily journal recounting the terrain, weather, vegetation, wildlife, and meals of the small party.

And, this being the high mountains in late autumn, there are also parts where you his descriptions of the darkness and cold seem to seep into your bones.

A masterpiece of travel and nature writing that gloriously transcends both genres. When you click on a Sponsored Product ad, you will be taken to an Amazon detail page where you can learn more about the product and purchase peger. Here, the I really took my time with this book. Said in the book to consist of only remaining individuals. I also liked his quest on snow leopard.

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He read the book in sequence with the retraced journey. View all 3 comments. Matthiessen has just lost his wife to cancer. I thought his observations of the people there were fascinating, they reminded me a lot of the descriptions of the locals wr A beautifully poetic account of two journeys – one physical and one spiritual. View all 15 comments. Pico Iyer introduces this book as a mystical book which takes you on a journey in Himalayas where you can feel each and every blister on your feet.


Why not 5 stars? Also, he has a good understanding of mountain terminologies and used them effectively. Matthiessen later acknowledged that he was a CIA recruit at the time and, as part of the intelligence agency’s use of culture to influence public opinion during the cold war, had used his work with the Review as a cover. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

I liked the way he describes landscape. What kind of self-indulgence had traveling become as the planet was dying before our very eyes?

Apr 08, Minutes Buy. Feb 03, Lars Guthrie rated it it was amazing. In the foothills of Annapurna, he records receiving a handwritten note from his son, which runs as follows:.

I am not alone in that belief. He is leopqrd human, relatable, as unsure, flawed, tired, irritated, as any one of us, asks questions and gets momentary answers and satisfactions, and them moves on. On reaching camps, I always took out some time to sit in front of a beautiful scenery.

Like scripture, this book should be published in a hardbound pocket-sized edition; right now I want to keep it with me at all times.

Did PM find his snow leopard? Loading comments… Trouble loading? Enlightenments from Lives on the Road. Mentally, spiritually, it was perhaps more demanding.

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