The Snow Leopard

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post Book World
Stunning . . . Fiercely felt and magnificently written.
Jim Harrison
A magical book, a kind of lunar paradigm and map of the sacred.
The Nation
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143105510
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 20,877
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Matthiessen was the cofounder of the Paris Review and is the author of numerous works of nonfiction, including In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Indian Country, and The Snow Leopard, winner of the National Book Award.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2003

    Without doubt the most beautiful book I have ever read

    In the world of today, if one needs something to grow from, this is the foundation waiting to be built upon. 'The Snow Leopard' is no 'Celestine Prophecy' or 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.' It is much more. His personal account, which comes in the form of his daily diary, takes us across the illusory bridge that seperates us from the rest of the planet and onto the level playing field of all other living things. For all of us, a must read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    The Snow leopard by Peter Matthiessen

    In short, my favorite book. Peter does a wonderful job combining travel and adventure with deep reflection and introspection of a region. He really connects the culture and philosophy. His writting is poetic and alluring even when he is being technical. I have read the book several times and have given it to many friends. If you like to travel and like philosophy or spirituality this is a must read. I highly recommend this book to anyone. Even as an intro to spirituality or someone who would enjoy a great adventure. Peter Mattiessen has managed to make this readable to a wide variety of interests.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2001

    Snow Leopard is Beautifully Written and Satisfying

    Peter Matthiessen's The Snow Leopard is a beautifully woven story about his own spiritual journey into the Himalyas. In search of the elusive snow leopard, Matthiessen not only learns about the natural environment of Tibet, but he also learns about himself. I reccomend this book to any discerning reader.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2000

    Remarkable Journey

    This book is an account of a journey in which the author becomes part of a landscape which is both beautiful and harsh. Matthiessen is not afraid to share both his reactions to this landscape, and the path he finds his spirit taking at the same time. We share his difficult days and those in which he can scarcely contain his joy with his surroundings. His prose is stunning in its simplicity, yet at the same time it is powerfully descriptive. In the 25 years I have been reading travel narratives, and books about the Himalaya in particular, I have not read a better book than this.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2010

    Great read for an introduction to the spirit of the buddist calling and lifestyles, mountain climbing, and Tibet

    The book is a mountain travelers journal that ends up being a classic allegory for the challenges of the trail, human relationships, and the search for meaning in life. I am glad that I read it. Wish I had done so long ago.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2008

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    Quietly Inspiring

    This is one of my favorite books. It has a quiet beauty to it like the landscape it describes. It is that could easily be cross classified - nature, self-improvement, travel...probably others as well. The book was cathartic and religious without being overwhelming. It was exactly what was needed.

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