The Snow Leopard
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. This is a radiant and deeply moving account of a "true pilgrimage, a journey of the... show more
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. This is a radiant and deeply moving account of a "true pilgrimage, a journey of the heart."
Publish date: August 4th 1987
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
“Amazingly, we take for granted that instinct for survival, fear of death, must separate us from the happiness of pure and uninterrupted experience in which body, mind, and nature and the same.” (42) Matthiessen’s book is part travelogue, part naturalist observations, and part comi...
Matthiessen's The Snow Leopard is his account of his two months in Nepal. He was invited along by field biologist George Schaller on his expedition to study Himalayan Blue Sheep--and perhaps catch a glimpse of the elusive snow leopard. (Said in the book to consist of only 120 remaining individuals. ...
I enjoyed the contrast in the book of the banal and the majestic. It more closely resembles the realities of life where even the most magical moments are only seconds away from the earthly realities of a rock in your shoe, the biting cold, falling behind schedule. Matthiessen is prone to the same pa...
Three stars instead of two for the descriptions of Nepal and its people. LSD did not leave this guy as unscathed as he thinks it did.
This turned out to be a real struggle for me to get through. While the travel portions gets interesting, it was the veering off into Buddhism that bored me to tears. Your experience may vary. Four stars overall, but only because I can't give a three and a half on this one. For the longer review, ple...