The Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard

Book - 2008
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An unforgettable spiritual journey through the Himalayas by renowned writer Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014), the National Book Award-winning author of the new novel In Paradise

In 1973, Peter Matthiessen and field biologist George Schaller traveled high into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and possibly glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard. Matthiessen, a student of Zen Buddhism, was also on a spiritual quest to find the Lama of Shey at the ancient shrine on Crystal Mountain. As the climb proceeds, Matthiessen charts his inner path as well as his outer one, with a deepening Buddhist understanding of reality, suffering, impermanence, and beauty. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by acclaimed travel writer and novelist Pico Iyer.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Publisher: New York : Penguin books, 2008
ISBN: 9780143105510
Characteristics: xxviii, 336 p. : ill., maps ; 20 cm


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Oct 27, 2016

Exquisite. Magical. Memorable. I read it in 1989, and when I finished it I opened it again to the first page and read it all over again. Nearly 3 decades later I still recall parts of it. With a grandson now of my own, I can still feel choked up when he wrote about singing "you are my sunshine" to his toddler son who said, "I'm your sonshine, right, Daddy?" This book is on my list to have if I were stranded on that proverbial desert island.

Oct 26, 2016

I gave this an A grade. The author's wife has died from cancer and he is lost. A fellow scientist and friend invites him to accompany him to Nepal and aid in animal research. Matthiessen agreed and they set off with porters and sherpas from Pokhara. On the surface, Peter wants to see the rare snow leopard, but beneath that is a search for himself after the loss of his wife. His journal is the basis for this book, a winner of the national Book Award.

Jul 06, 2016

Part travelogue, part nature study, and part spiritual odyssey (my least favorite kind of odyssey), "The Snow Leopard" is Peter Matthiessen's 1978 National Book Award winner about the author's travels in the Himalayas. Mathtiessen writes well and I liked the travel parts far better than the mushy b.s. enlightenment spiritual quest aspect, which I found unbearable. Matthiessen's other major books include "At Play in the Fields of the Lord" and "Far Tortuga."

Jul 31, 2014

November for Book Club

Sep 13, 2013

This book did a lot to enhance my appreciation of nature an in particular being in high remote places.

Dec 09, 2012

I loved this book which won a National Book Award in 1980. The author said to Dr. Schaller (who invited him on the 250 mile hike into the Himalayas), "if I can't get a good book out of this, I ought to be taken out & shot." I think he succeeded beyond his wildest expectations. His description of the foreboding yet beautiful scenery & the feelings it evoked in him is spell-binding. He describes it as "walking into the past."


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