- Audio Cassette: 8 pages
- Publisher: Books On Tape, Inc.; Special Library Edition, 8 Audio Cassettes, 12 Hours edition (1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0736616047
- ISBN-13: 978-0736616041
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,621,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Snow Leopard Audio, Cassette – 1989
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The book on one level is a extraordinary travel documentary, describing brilliantly one man's experiences during a trip into a recently opened area in Himilayan Nepal. On a profoundly different level, the book also is a diary of his journey into his own heart and soul, one, perhaps, calling for more true bravery than any mere physical experience.
There are many moments of exquisite beauty and intimacy that have left me sobbing, longing to be on the journey with Matthiessen and his travel companions.
Matthiessen is an Everyman, seeking he really knows not what, searching for what may only be the quest itself. Perhaps he and his fellow Buddhists have the answer: their goal is ultimate acceptance of what each moment brings us, not wanting or desiring anything but what is now.
In closing, if one is looking for some answers to how to live a good life, without being told what to do and not to do, I find that this book is a far more useful guide to being a human being than any religious text that I know.
By all means, even if you think you have all the answers, buy this book.
I read this book every year, and for two years taught it on a college level to over 500 freshman. Yes, freshmen, at 7:00 a.m., who have never even seen snow.
Being a public college and teaching a book with overtly religious themes, I suggested they skip over the "Buddhist bits" if it did not interest them, and stick to the journey, paying attention to PM, George Schaller and the mixed bag of porters and Sherpas who guided them. Funny thing when you tell students not to read something, they go right for it.
To my amazement, they got it. They understood Matthiessen's flaws: the drug use, failed marriages, parental doubts about leaving family once again to pursue "nothing" in one of the remotest places on earth--the Land of Dolpo, where lamas rule and people obey. Students are intimate with the concept of to work for the sake of work; be it one foot in front of the other on a trail in Nepal, or their own path of study; these young people easily saw how humans transforms themselves through their work and passions. They were also quite politically savy, impressed by the results of this remarkable and timeless journey into the heart of the wilderness where it's okay to get lost, make mistakes and fail.Read more ›
As you can see above, the editors of Amazon deftly describe the beauty and storyline of "The Snow Leopard". But no amount of praise can empart to the reader what truly lays waiting inside the pages of this novel.
Matthiessen expertly transports the reader into his shoes. The author ceases to exist less and less with each chapter. The reader becomes the first person. Halfway through the story, it is ~we~ who are the ones making this journey deep into the wilds of the Himilayas. And by the end of the book, it is ~you~ who just may have found something you did not know you were searching for. Enlightenment.
The snow leopard Matthiessen speaks can be found by the reader, if you let it find you. Read this book with an open heart and open mind, and it just may change your life forever.
One reviewer bluntly summarised his opinion of this novel as "THE SNOW LEOPARD is the best book I've ever read. Period." I agree.
In sum, it is Peter Matthiessen's recounting of his trek in the Himalayas with the naturalist George Schaller to establish a new national park on behalf of the Nepali government.In substance, it is a luminescent prose poem of a spiritual journey through a universe in which the mundane is holy, the sacred is the commonplace and the profane is touched with glory.
My copy has traveled throughout the world with me, the one indispensable item I take with me when leaving home. No review can do such a magnificent book justice. Read this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A star of travel writing and animal investigation. Also a star of human introspection and thoughts on religious choices.Published 1 month ago by J. Turk
It was not what I expected. It is mostly about the religion of Buda. It was poorly written. I let my husband read it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Martha Ann Edwards
Long drawn out tale written more about religion than a quest to find the snow leopard.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book. Combines occasional buddhist reflection with alpinism. I wish i could find other books like it!Published 1 month ago by Disjointed
I liked Matthieson's style and content. I am reading it again for the third time. It is one of my favorite books.Published 1 month ago by Francine Guillory
Peter Matthiessen died recently but well before his death, "The Snow Leopard" clearly marked a highpoint in his long literary career. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was listed on Outdoor Magazine's 2003 list as one of the 25 best adventure books of the last 100 years--in fact, it was no. 5 on the list. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Schmerguls