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The Snow Leopard

Matthiessen, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0670653748 / ISBN 13: 9780670653744
Editorial: Viking Press, U.S.A., 1978
Condición: Near Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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pp.338 with index. maps endpapers. clean tight copy but for a v on frontpiece in black marker, d/j wrapped in mylar shows front top small nicks and tears with creasing and torn top corner, front lower bottom small v shaped tear on spine hinge but piece not missing, some crinkles to top/bottom spines, top back shows crinkles, back bottom shows 1 small v shaped tear with piece missing, 1" tear plus some crinkles, price on inside flap covered with a white sticker. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N° de ref. de la librería 019299

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Título: The Snow Leopard

Editorial: Viking Press, U.S.A.

Año de publicación: 1978

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Condición del libro:Near Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Edición: First.

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Sinopsis:

An account of the author's two-hundred-fifty-mile journey, on foot, from Kathmandu, Nepal, to the Crystal Mountain, in Tibet, in search of the Himalayan blue sheep, the rare snow leopard, and distances of the spirit

Review:

In the autumn of 1973, the writer Peter Matthiessen set out in the company of zoologist George Schaller on a hike that would take them 250 miles into the heart of the Himalayan region of Dolpo, "the last enclave of pure Tibetan culture on earth." Their voyage was in quest of one of the world's most elusive big cats, the snow leopard of high Asia, a creature so rarely spotted as to be nearly mythical; Schaller was one of only two Westerners known to have seen a snow leopard in the wild since 1950.

Published in 1978, The Snow Leopard is rightly regarded as a classic of modern nature writing. Guiding his readers through steep-walled canyons and over tall mountains, Matthiessen offers a narrative that is shot through with metaphor and mysticism, and his arduous search for the snow leopard becomes a vehicle for reflections on all manner of matters of life and death. In the process, The Snow Leopard evolves from an already exquisite book of natural history and travel into a grand, Buddhist-tinged parable of our search for meaning. By the end of their expedition, having seen wolves, foxes, rare mountain sheep, and other denizens of the Himalayas, and having seen many signs of the snow leopard but not the cat itself, Schaller muses, "We've seen so much, maybe it's better if there are some things that we don't see."

That sentiment, as well as the sense of wonder at the world's beauty that pervades Matthiessen's book, ought to inform any journey into the wild. --Gregory McNamee

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