Published in 1978, The Snow Leopard is rightly regarded as a classic of modern nature writing. Guiding his readers through steep-walled canyons and over tall mountains, Matthiessen offers a narrative that is shot through with metaphor and mysticism, and his arduous search for the snow leopard becomes a vehicle for reflections on all manner of matters of life and death. In the process, The Snow Leopard evolves from an already exquisite book of natural history and travel into a grand, Buddhist-tinged parable of our search for meaning. By the end of their expedition, having seen wolves, foxes, rare mountain sheep, and other denizens of the Himalayas, and having seen many signs of the snow leopard but not the cat itself, Schaller muses, "We've seen so much, maybe it's better if there are some things that we don't see."
That sentiment, as well as the sense of wonder at the world's beauty that pervades Matthiessen's book, ought to inform any journey into the wild. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a wonderful book to read. I felt as if I were trekking along with the author in the Himalayas and I was deeply moved by his own revelations regarding his spiritual... Read morePublished 21 days ago by cherianmc
Luminous writing . His journey endeared me to Peter as a deeply human(and flawed) being & incorrigible seeker. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Roger S.
Peter Matthiessen is, without a doubt, one of the most important icons of contemporary American literature. Read morePublished 25 days ago by E. Reyes
Peter Matthiessen considered himself primarily a fiction writer, though his non-fiction output was nearly twice as heavy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by fov books