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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This book is te the investment, but it is not an entertaining read. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. He is trying to empty his soul of all self-destructive desires and needs.

Here, the journey begins with the goal leopaard being able to see the ever elusive snow leopard in a very remote part of the Himalayas. He read the book in sequence with the retraced journey. I loved every page of it, though, I really did. The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen.

May 08, Lisa Harmonybites rated it it was ok Oeopard it for: Really a beautiful book that one can get a good feel for by sharing a haiku written by the field thw Matthiessen accompanies through this Himalayan region: I read this book slowly, partly due to my recent schedule but mainly to savor the words, as seemed best upon my encounter with them. I figured ‘The Snow Leopard’ was a good place to start.

Even in the car with windows closed a couple times we felt it difficult to breathe. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

I warn you, this could go on for a while. Especially when I have no choice! It won the National Book Award inwhen I was first teaching, and I was not yet ready to read it.


At its heart Matthiessen is traveling with his field biologist friend George Schaller GS into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Blue Sheep and hopefully see the elusive snow leopard and hell, maybe a Yeti.

In such extreme situations and such beautiful vistas one is bound to experience something un-imaginable.

Here are two passages to illustrate the reflective and physical aspects of the journey. Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. To learn more about Amazon Sponsored Products, click here. In Nong Khiaw, a roach as big as a mouse crawled under my door and under my bed, and thanks to Matthiessen’s writing, Matthiesxen was able to think only of the present of the roach as creature rather than feeling matthiesen horror of future possibilities potentially crawling on me, etc.

It is beautifully written, and seems to float the reader up and down the mountains. A co-founder of The Paris Review and a world-renowned naturalist, explorer and activist, he died in April Not only this, I could actually picture myself taking a hike while reading. A beautifully poetic account of leoparr journeys – one physical and one spiritual. A TV ghost-hunting crew. I wondered if Alex felt it to be primarily a book that encompassed grief. Joan O’Connor This book was the reason why I went to Nepal as a something, hiking the Himalayas on my own, sleeping in tea-houses, eating dahlbat everyday and …more This book was the reason why I went to Nepal as a something, hiking the Himalayas on my own, sleeping in tea-houses, eating dahlbat everyday and still reminiscing 30 years later about the best time in my life.

In A High, Snowy World, A Quest For Self-Discovery : NPR

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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 leoaprd during the cold war, had used his work with the Review as a cover.


I’ll make this book one of my all time favorites, because when I finished it, I wanted to start reading it again.

The Snow Leopard

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Brilliant, vivid account of Matthiessen’s journey with a biologist and a team of porters and sherpas through the quiet, snow-covered and strange Himalayas. Is this book interesting?

Far above, a train of yaks makes dark curves on the shining ice; soon a second herd overtakes me, the twine-soled herders strolling up the icy incline with hands clasped behind their backs, grunting and whistling at the heaving animals. One of my all time favorite books. I liked the details and explanations regarding blue sheep or bharal. Such an ideal way to read this book. Matthiessen, equally adept at fiction and non-fiction, in The Snow Leopard writes the book of his life.

The Buddhism of PM does seem more inner than socially focused, and we too at times seemed to be escaping our lives, as travel can be, but on the whole, and speaking for myself, I felt the occasion as traveling into myself, and at the same time linking with family and friends along the way, and the greater world.

I think we mostly do come to admire PM, at times, but that is not decidedly not the point in his writing, overall.