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MOBI ☆ DOC The Snow Leopard 9780140255089 FREE ✓ RANDARENEWABLES ↠ 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 deHigh passes This is a radiant and deeply moving account of a true pilgrimage a journey of the hear 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 uote at the end of this review so you can see what I'm talking about When you get to that uote try reading it aloud The beauty of those words spoken will break your heartAt age 46 in 1973 Peter Matthiessen walked with biologist George Schaller from Kathmandu to the Crystal Mountain in Tibet and beyond Matthiessen was a novice at this kind of extreme expedition as who among us wouldn't be yet turned in 10 and 12 hour days walking up and down icy fragile whip thin mountain trails Food was meagre Boots caused blisters Winds blew cold Grief over personal matters was impossible to shakeAt the end of each grueling day Matthiessen gathered the emotional and physical resources to record the day's events The incredible vividness and immediacy of his account is a result of that nightly discipline observed against great oddsIt was late fall with winter a whisper away Would they make it before the snow season turned the world impassable Would they see the snow leopard The element of suspense at the heart of this story exerts a mighty pull I'm still in grief that the book is over The afterimage of it is with me and will be for a long time I hope The power of it is such that a couple of weeks ago walking before the rest of the world was awake in a city park after a snowfall I saw a pure cobalt sky and brilliant glittering snow with Peter Matthiessen eyesHere's a uote from page 73 of the Penguin editionFrom deep in the earth the roar of the river rises The rhododendron leaves along the precipice are burnished silver but night still fills the steep ravines where southbound migrants descend at day to feed and rest The golden birds fall away from the morning sun like blowing sparks that drop away and are extinguished in the dark

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And beautiful snow leopard he undertook his five week trek as winter snows were sweeping into the Damn This book started out so wellHowever 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 drugs and his understanding of Buddhism in none of which I have any interest at allThe parts where Matthiessen describes the natural environment of his trek through Nepal are fascinating Unfortunately these are too few and too far between for my enjoymentI read 85 pages then skimmedskipped to the end view spoiler The only sighting of the snow leopard is literally mentioned in the last 3 pages and he doesn't go into much detail because he wasn't even there He simply included a very short letter from George Schaller which briefly stated that he did manage to see one in the end and after Matthiessen had returned home hide spoiler

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The Snow LeopardWhen Matthiessen went to Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and possibly to glimpse the rare “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 of light” ― Peter Matthiessen The Snow LeopardI'm a little embarrassed to say I hadn't paid attention to much of Matthiessen's work before he died I had Shadow Country on my shelf and every intention of getting to it soon but didn't realize he had this whole other nonfiction output I read the Snow Leopard after I read his obit three weeks ago and discovered he was the only person to win the National Book Award for BOTH fiction and nonfiction OK so maybe it was time to throw off my veil of ignorance and start reading some Matthiessen I figured 'The Snow Leopard' was a good place to start I loved it Part travel writing part nature writing part spiritual journey this book has it all It is beautifully written and seems to float the reader up and down the mountains 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 Matthiessen was also on a spiritual journey after the loss of his wife to find the Lama of Shey and to find a path through the difficulties associated with the impermanence and suffering of life His journey is a melting into the now a search for the present and an acceptance of finding and not finding the things you think you seek