The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

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Title : The Snow Leopard
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ISBN : 0140255087
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 pages


Darwin8u rated it ★★★★★

November 27, 2015

“The sun is roaring, it fills to bursting each crystal of snow. I flush with feeling, moved beyond my comprehension, and once again, the warm tears freeze upon my face. These rocks and mountains, all this matter, the snow itself, the air- the earth is ringing. All is moving, full of power, full o...

David rated it ★★★★★

August 18, 2017

I have taken months since reading this book to finally write this (long) review: Here's some selections from the book to begin, so you can see Matthiessen's spirit, his Buddhist nature, and his love of language, without my intervention or commentary: “The secret of the mountain is that the mountain...

Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 09, 2012

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 individual...

Grace rated it ★★★★★

August 09, 2008

I really took my time with this book. I didn't want to be disturbed by the sounds of subway trains, interrupted by phone calls or daily trivialities. This wasn't a read I just 'fit in' but truly savored. And oh, my heart hurts a little now that it is over. It is a slow book, and thus may not appe...

BrokenTune rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 18, 2018

Damn. This book started out so well. However, after only a few pages it seems to have turned into a version of Log from the Sea of Cortez (which also was a massive disappointment for me), complete with philosophical and religious musings on the author's own life, his experimenting with different d...

Daren rated it ★★★★☆

January 03, 2015

Ok, I admit after the first chapter I considered not carrying on reading. At this point around a third of the content was religious philosophy - which is not for me. However the third of the book that was the hiking expedition and the third that was about the flora and fauna was great, and I am g...

Laura rated it ★★★★★

March 02, 2010

A masterpiece of travel and nature writing that gloriously transcends both genres. This is one of the best books I've ever read in the English language. Yes, that's right. I'm including a quote at the end of this review so you can see what I'm talking about. When you get to that quote, try readin...

Jessica rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 15, 2013

I don't want it to seem like I didn't enjoy this book. I did. You do get a feel for how liberating, calming, centering, that it would be to walk out of the modern world to the cold and quiet mountains and let it all go…all the complications and illusions of life. He is a student of zen Buddhism a...

Ana rated it ★★★★★

February 23, 2017

Carol rated it ★★★☆☆

November 30, 2015

The Hook - Peter Matthiessen passed away April 5, 2014 at the age of 86. I had read some of his fiction, loving the way his adventuresome novel Far Tartuga (1975) made me feel. I decided it was time to give this memoir, The Snow Leopard (1978) recounting his climb of Mount Everest in search of Bl...

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