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The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen - SF Travel Book Club February Meeting

  • Feb 6, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Join the San Francisco Travel Book Club on Wednesday, February 6th when we will discuss The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen!

From Amazon.com:

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."

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  • Linda

    Amazing insight on what a really vigorous trek entails. I don't believe I will ever in my life travel this way but reading about it was interesting.

    February 6, 2013

  • Sharon M.

    In past year, I've visited south India. Germany, Portugal, Barbados, Kauai, Washington State & Indiana in m work as a travel/food writer.

    February 1, 2013

  • Beryl K.

    Unfortunately, I will be bird watching in the Delta and will probably not be back in time.

    January 28, 2013

  • Andy F.

    Looking forward to it!

    December 11, 2012

  • Luis

    Sorry, I am teaching evening classes on Wednesdays now. Have fun! I love The Snow Leopard.

    December 6, 2012

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