The story of Matthiessen's trek in Nepal with the zoo-ologist
George Schaller in search of the elusive snow leopard. Matthiessen
brings to his narrative the sensibilities of the novelist,
exploring the nature of faith and love. His journey is a spiritual
odyssey and the leopard inevitably becomes a metaphor for
revelation. But the joy of this book is his radiant descriptions of
the physical world, of the stunning mountain landscapes of Inner
Dolpo in northwest Nepal. Matthiessen wrestles with the mysteries
of Tibetan Buddhism and with his grief at the recent death of his
wife, but it is the mountains themselves who are the centrepiece of
his narrative, and this beautiful book, as Paul Theroux has said,
is worthy of them. (Kirkus UK)
'In 1973 [Matthiessen] journeyed with George Schaller, a field biologist, to Crystal Mountain in the Himalayas, to study the wild blue sheep of the region called bharal. They also hoped to see the rare snow leopard, an almost mythical creature which Schaller once glimpsed on a previous visit. Matthiessen is a student of Zen Buddhism and for him this was as much an inner journey as a field trip. He succeeds well in blending the spiritual with the earthly and his book is an evocative account of a remote and timeless place and its people' Sunday Times
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Sun, 30 Jun 2019 | Review by: clare g
Wonderful book. An extraordinary achievement to bring such a work of art, on every level, from such an arduous physical challenge as is recounted in this story.
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