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The Snow Leopard

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One September, the writer and explorer Peter Matthiessen set out with field biologist George Schaller to journey 250 miles through the Himalayas to the Crystal Mountain on the Tibetan plateau. They wanted to study the wild blue sheep, the bharal, but also hoped to see the snow leopard, a creature so rarely spotted as to be nearly mythical. The Snow Leopard is not only an exquisite book of natural history but an extraordinary account of an inner journey ; a 'true pilgrimage, a journey of the heart.'show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 146 x 196 x 24mm | 220g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • maps
  • 009977111X
  • 9780099771111
  • 21,797

Review quote

"A beautiful book, and worthy of the mountains he is among" -- Paul Theroux "What began as a practical search for the rare snow leopard, revered Buddhist emblem, developed into a quest for the meaning of Being. An enjoyable combination of mountaineering and mysticism" * Observer * "It's a tale of an inner struggle for calm, and would be an inspiring and sustaining desert island companion" -- Emily Barr "As much the chronicle of an inner journey as it is the learned recording of an unfamiliar territory...a timeless account" * Independent * "An evocative account of a remote and timeless place and its people" * Sunday Times *show more

About Peter Matthiessen

Peter Matthiessen was a naturalist, explorer and writer. His works of fiction include At Play in the Fields of the Lord, Far Tortuga and the acclaimed 'Watson Trilogy'. His explorations resulted in many fine works of non-fiction, among them The Snow Leopard, The Cloud Forest and The Tree where Man was Born. He died in 2014, aged 86.show more

Review Text

"An evocative account of a remote and timeless place and its people"show more

Back cover copy

'A beautiful book, and worthy of the mountains he is among' Paul Theroux One September, writer and explorer Peter Matthiessen set out with field biologist George Schaller to journey 250 miles through the Himalayas to the Crystal Mountain on the Tibetan plateau. They wanted to study the wild blue sheep, the bharal, but also hoped to see the rare snow leopard, an almost mythical creature which Schaller had glimpsed on a previous visit. Matthiessen was a student of Zen Buddhism and for him this was as much an inner journey as a field trip. The resulting book is an extraordinary account of a 'true pilgrimage, a journey of the heart.' 'An evocative account of a remote and timeless place and its people' Sunday Times See Also: The Odysseyshow more

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9,697 ratings
4.12 out of 5 stars
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4 36% (3,447)
3 17% (1,610)
2 4% (412)
1 2% (148)
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