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The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
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Apr 11, 09

bookshelves: adventure, animals-pets, multicultural, non-fiction

I read this book years ago based on a friend's recommendation. He is a science teacher who travels with students to many countries, and he has recommended good books to me in the past. I found this book fascinating- it's historical and mystical/metaphorical. I still don't fully grasp the Buddhist way and the search for enlightenment, etc., but this book certainly helped me understand that more. I like that the book is much more than searching for a VERY rare leopard; it's really about searching for self and meaning in life. It's not done in schmaltzy or schticky manner which others have done and which infuriates me. This is simplistic and deep - a true contradictory that works. The descriptions are wonderful. I found parts of the writing stilted in some places and that took away the beauty of the story for me.
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