'In 1973 (Matthiessen) joined with George Schaller, a field biologist, to Crystal Mountain in the Himalayas, to study the wild blue sheep of the region called bharal. They also hoped to see the rare snow leopard, an almost mythical creature which Schaller once glimpsed on a previous visit. Matthiessen is a student of Zen Buddhism and for his this was as much an inner journey as a field trip. He succeeds well in blending the spiritual with the earthly and his book is an evocative account of a remote and timeless place and its people. ' SUNDAY TIMES
About the Author
Peter Matthiessen is a naturalist, explorer and writer. His works of fiction include AT PLAY IN THE FIELDS OF THE LORD, FAR TORTUGA and the acclaimed 'WATSON TRILOGY'. His explorations have resulted in many fine works of non-fiction, among them THE SNOW LEOPARD, THE CLOUD FOREST and THE TREE WHERE MAN WAS BORN.
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This book has had many reads over many years. It's spiritual, informative and very special.
The story of Matthiessen's trek in Nepal with the zoo-ologist George Schaller in search of the elusive snow leopard. Matthiessen brings to his narrative the sensibilities of the novelist, exploring the nature of faith and love. His journey is a spiritual odyssey and the leopard inevitably becomes a metaphor for revelation. But the joy of this book is his radiant descriptions of the physical world, of the stunning mountain landscapes of Inner Dolpo in northwest Nepal. Matthiessen wrestles with the mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism and with his grief at the recent death of his wife, but it is the mountains themselves who are the centrepiece of his narrative, and this beautiful book, as Paul Theroux has said, is worthy of them. (Kirkus UK)
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 6th February 1998
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 14.2 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.24