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Snake Lake Hardcover – November 1, 2010
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Pearls My Mother Wore
The title 'Snake Lake' refers to 'Naag Pokhari', located in central Kathmandu; the author lived in a rented house near this lake. Nag Pokhari is close to my home too, about 15 minutes of walk. I must have walked by it over a thousand times, I must have been in there over a hundred times; but, unlike the author, I never cared for its history, myths, or the physiography.The lake had always been there, like many other cultural/historical/religious monuments, I had taken Nag Pokhari for granted. Jeff Greenwald, however, had a different perspective; his natural curiosity made him better informed. Thankfully, he documented the tales and history surrounding some of these monuments/shrines in Kathmandu, like: relation of 'Naag' (Snakes) to Kathmandu, rise of Swayambhunath, why was Ajima temple built near Swayambhunath and why do people offer first to Ajima before offering to Swayambhunath, information on mysterious and inaccessible Shantipur temple, Tibetan and Nepali version of origin of Boudhanath temple, etc.
The political insights provided by the author was also equally interesting.Read more ›
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Absolutely loved Snake Lake. If you are travelling to Nepal I would highly recommend reading this. It is a beautiful story and incredibly put together. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Jeff Greenwald does not disappoint. He has many wonderful descriptions of people and places in Nepal that make me quite homesick for the country.Published 9 months ago by D. E. Adamson
His "Shopping for Buddhas was a great read, this one less so.Published 11 months ago by R. Ross Rodgers
I've read and enjoyed all of Greenwald's books but this is my favorite. It reads like an epic story of revolution in Nepal, his love affair with the country and a woman, his... Read morePublished 16 months ago by john leupold
For anyone who wants to be a well informed first time traveler to Nepal, this book is a must read before you go. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Brian F
With Snake Lake, Mr. Greenwald has created a dish that is boldly and unapologetically spicy but still retains the raw and bloody mess that makes up the human experience - the meat... Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by रातेकाईंला
Unfortunately we all like finished stories, and unfortunately Nepal remains in the "unfinished" category. Read morePublished on November 30, 2013 by Scott Perry
Reporting on Nepal in the midst of turmoil, while he himself is witnessing his brother's turmoil, Jeff Greenwald reveals himself openly and tenderly. Read morePublished on October 30, 2013 by Dana Cappiello
An amazing intense journey written with humor and sensitivity taking the reader on an endless journey through Nepal and the mysteries of life. Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by Kathe