THE SNOW LEOPARD (1978) 4/5 YES Travelogue Rs.174 (Amazon.in) Peter Matthiessen [4.1/13001 ratings Goodreads]
Review#459 (Book Review #159)
Finally after so much time I finished a novel. THE SNOW LEOPARD written by Peter Matthiessen and it was first published in 1978, so it could be count as a classic.
THE SNOW LEOPARD is a non fiction travelogue which talks about your inner self and the different teaching and aspects of Buddhism, as for the writer it was not only a journey to a place but also a journey to his spiritual self. The author went to an exploration expedition along with another person and hiked across Himalayas in Nepal and Tibet regions. His co-hiker was a naturalist George Schaller who was interested in the region’s animals and wanted to check out snow leopard himself, so the author also tagged along.
This is not a normal kind of travelogue, which just explain the journey and the destination but it also has huge reference texts used throughout the book from various other old scriptures and from some religious texts of old tibetan, Indian religions including Buddhism and Hinduism. In between the author talks about spirituality and comparing his incidents with other things. So in a way somewhere the language is a bit hard. But if you read slowly and respect the book, you will certainly like it.
This tracking expedition took 2 months which started as a search of a snow leopard and in turn become an experience of many outwardly happenings. What places they visited and what people or friends they meet is what he covered here. All the references has been mentioned at the end of the book which is divided over 4 parts.
My copy is 291 pgs and I started it on 22sept2019, completed just few days back, so you can see I read it very slowly. This is because of 2 facts – 1. I read multiple books simultaneously as per my mood at that time so 1 book take time to complete and 2. So many streaming apps are there which is affecting my reading habits along with heavy workloads.
Recommended to a serious reader who is interested in reading a travelogue and which is not a normal travelogue. I loved the book since I read it during the lockdown period when I was stuck in a foreign country away from my family, and this book actually took me away on a journey I could never go otherwise. My rating 4/5.
Jai Raam ji ki 🙂
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