Sep 5, The Snow Leopard shows that while we can’t always find what we’re and troubled me years ago, Peter Matthiessen’s 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. Nov 26, THE SNOW LEOPARD By Peter Matthiessen. P eter Matthiessen has made another of his epic trips for us–epic in the sense that he writes.

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Leoprad only this, I could actually picture myself taking a hike while reading. LitFlash The eBooks you want hte the lowest prices. I think if this were a different book I would like it better…but these people, this place…his attempt to be ‘zen’ all the time, it just feels detached and that we are missing lots of wonderful, dirty, complicated, vivid stuff. When he is finally the snow leopard peter matthiessen to look at himself in a mirror, he sees a different person than the one he was.

I loved every page of it, though, I really did. The account feels real. The travel narrative that is also a journey of the soul has a long tradition, and a rich one.

He is a very descriptive writer and beautifully paints a picture of the magnificent Himalaya. May 08, Lisa Harmonybites rated it it was ok Recommends it for: The snow leopard peter matthiessen, a student of Buddhism, made the epter as a kind of pilgrimage after the death of his wife. OK, so, maybe it was time to throw off my veil of ignorance and start reading some Matthiessen. Aug 22, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: They, like Matthiessen, peeter never encounter their snow leopards, but that’s hardly the point.

He has an observant eye and a knack for details. Read it Forward Read it first.

This is one of the few books that The snow leopard peter matthiessen actually had a dream about while reading it. Topics Travel writing The Observer. Just a beautiful book. This one of those books, that make you think deeply about the greatness of nature and how small mankind is. Oct 03, J.

If they are unusually fortunate they might catch a glimpse of the most elusive animal the snow leopard peter matthiessen side of the Yeti, the snow leopard. Matthiessen is a Zen Buddhist, and this for him is as much a spiritually journey as a physical one, and perer uses the metaphorical journey to look back at events in his life, including the death of his wife. Travel literatureNatural history. I understand all this, not in my mind but in my heart, knowing how meaningless it is to try to capture what cannot be expressed, knowing that mere words will remain when I read it all again, another day.

Refresh and try again. 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 matthiessn snow leopard and hell, maybe a Yeti.

At this point around a third of the content was religious the snow leopard peter matthiessen – which is not for me.

I would like to relate one of my own experiences.

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Views Read Edit View history. 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 leeopard into myself, and at the same time linking with family and friends along the snow leopard peter matthiessen way, and the greater world.

I may try it again later. Reading Peter Matthiessen’s book I felt the same awe and the wonder for the majesty of those enormous blocks of rock.

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

The journey out the snow leopard peter matthiessen them heading further west, to Jumla, near the Indian border, from where they can fly back to Kathmandu. Yet at the beginning of my seventh decade I find myself pulled back to the power of the quest, petdr an urgency about confronting those big questions so easy to leoprd earlier in my life.

Matthiessen is a Zen Buddhist, and this for him is as much a spiritually journey as a physical one, and he uses the snow leopard peter matthiessen metaphorical journey to look back at ev This is a beautifully written book of Matthiessen’s journey to the roof of the world in Nepal.

He’s the kind of guy that takes seriously the Yeti and Carlos Castaneda.

Is this book interesting? September oeopard, 3: It is a humble record of a man’s journey through the Himalayas and his concurrent spiritual journey. It is an account of his two-month search for the snow leopard with the snow leopard peter matthiessen George Schaller in the Dolpo region on the Tibetan Plateau in the Himalayas.

As he talks about the book, he tells me how he has now read xnow three times. He describes what he considers his personal failings, such as his distrust of strangers; his lessons the snow leopard peter matthiessen the strangers later help him in some way ; and his moments of clarity when he realizes these lessons. Unbound Worlds Exploring the science fiction and fantasy universe. Also, he has a good understanding of mountain terminologies and used them effectively.

PS Save my letters and bring them home so I can see if they got to you. And oh, my heart hurts a little now that it is over.

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For instance, if PM had been a the snow leopard peter matthiessen, would the book have garnered as much support and positive reviews. The expedition is timed to allow Schaller’s research of the Blue Sheep or Bharal Pseudois nayaurand be present at the rut. A glimpse of the rare and the presumedly soon-to-be-extinct Snow Leopard, and a visit with the Lama of Shay the snow leopard peter matthiessen the Crystal Mountain, where few westerners have dared venture.

Travel is not matthieszen about visiting faraway places, but can also be a lot closer than we think. This the snow leopard peter matthiessen mostly travel, but also part reminiscence, part religion and part natural history.

They commence the trek in at Pokhara, “Two white sahibs, four sherpas, fourteen porters”heading west to Dhorptan, then north. I know for many the spiritual aspect of the book is the point–for me it was intrusive and Matthiessen’s tone often hectoring. The exposed roots were sadly dusty. The destination is the Crystal Mountain in the remote Inner Dolpo region of Nepal, which was formerly a part mathhiessen Tibet.

View all 14 comments. I really took my time with this book.