The Snow Leopard
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― Peter Matthiessen, The Snow Leopard
I'm a little embarrassed to say I hadn't paid attention to much of Matthiessen's work before he died. I had Shadow Country on my shelf and every intention o ...more
A masterpiece of travel and nature writing that gloriously transcends both genres. This is one of the best books I've ever read in the English language. Yes, that's right. I'm including a quote at the end of this review so you can see what I'm talking about. When you get to that quote, try reading it aloud. The beauty of those words spoken will break your heart.
At age 46, in 1973, Peter Matthiessen walked, with biologist George Schaller, from Kathmandu to the Crystal Mountain in Tibet and beyond ...more
Here's some selections from the Book, so you can see his spirit, his Buddhist nature, and his love of language, without my intervention or commentary:
“The secret of the mountain is that the mountains simply exist, as I do myself: the mountains exist simply, which I do not. The mountains have no "meaning," they are meaning; the mountains are. The sun is round. I ring with life, and the mountains ring, and when I can ...more
The Line – On Acceptance
In its wholehearted acceptance of what is, this is just what Soen Roshi might have said: “I feel as if he had struck m ...more
I have a crush on countries with mountains, and especially those with snowcovered caps. Whenever I'm is Switzerland, or Norway I'm enjoying the great glaciers: those mighty rivers of ice.
Matthiessen is a Zen Buddhist, and this for him is as much a spiritually journey as a physical one, and he uses the metaphorical journey to look back at ev ...more
Cloud-men beneath loads.
A dark line of tracks in Snow.
Part personal memoir, part natural expedition, part cultural immersion. He takes the reader on his exploration and discoveries in Buddhism, mindfulness, sense of the moment. I can definitely see why people are so attracted to the Buddhist path.
He writes with beautiful emotion, I experienced his joy when he thought of his children, his sorrows when he thought of his second wife, his frustration with his struggles along the path of Buddhism.
The snow leopard takes on a mythica ...more
I like it, in some way, and dislike it, in some other way. In the end I'm perplexed.
The Snow Leopard has a great writing. It is quite beautiful and you want to merge into those mountains. Matthiessen is able to generate the atmosphere of western Tibet out of his words. It feels so quiet, just wind, ...more
Jottings. Musings. This had moments of insight, but not enough of them for me. I understand the metaphor: that we don't always find what we seek, even if we get damn close; even if our neighbor, friend, lover does. And that maybe it is the journey which counts. Yet there seemed something contrived, Western about Matthiessen's reflections. I wanted to know more about the mountains, not the mountains as metaphor. Matthiessen seemed tor ...more
It's interesting, sometimes even inspiring, but in terms of holding interest, I find it less than compelling. A stream-of-consciousness chronicle, it's a series of closely related observ ...more