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Snow Leopards (Explore My World)

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They spent days in dark, frozen crevasses where the sun overhead was visible for only an hour at most (or not at all on cloudy rainy days, the first part of the journey was monsoon). Though Nic was usually the one stuck picking me up off the stony ground, everyone on the trip got a chance to do so at least once during the expedition! Author Peter Matthiessen, following on from the death of his wife Deborah Love (D in the text throughout) from cancer after a stormy relationship, seizes the opportunity to join George Schaller (GS throughout the book) on an expedition through the Himalayas to observe the breeding season of the bharal - the Himalayan blue sheep, to determine if they are sheep or goats. The Buddhism of PM does seem more inner than socially focused, and we too at times seemed to be escaping our lives, as travel can be, but on the whole, and speaking for myself, I felt the occasion as traveling into myself, and at the same time linking with family and friends along the way, and the greater world. Professor John Shulman, a graduate of Harvard Law School, an internationally recognized expert in negotiation and conflict resolution recently published a children’s book “The Lama, the Snow Leopard and the Thunder Dragon.

At the end of each grueling day, Matthiessen gathered the emotional and physical resources to record the day's events.Matthiessen frequently digresses to remember his wife Deborah Love who had died of cancer prior to the adventure. Since Jang-bu seems uncomfortable with the Lama or with himself or perhaps with us, I tell him not to inquire on this point if it seems to him impertinent, but after a moment Jang-bu does so.

With these stories and Nic’s gorgeous photos of captive animals in zoos, we were able to enliven our pages with glimpses of snow leopards that Nic and I didn’t actually witness on our trip–but that we were still able to enjoy and learn from nonetheless. The Sinker – Having read many recent books capturing a climb of the famous Mount Everest, the pacing of The Snow Leopard initially left me cold.An alternative title to this book should be: “The Snow Leopard: As elusive in this book as in real life”. Later, contemplating a passage into the Tarap region along the Bheri River, the scientists reflect that “we have no permit for the Tarap region, nor any wish to spend a winter in the Tarap jail” (p. som vďačná, že som mohla ísť na takéto dobrodružstvo spolu so spisovateľom Petrom, vedcom Georgom a ich nosičmi, nielen výletovanie a objavovanie Nepálu, ale dobrodružstvo ako cesta do ich a môjho vnútra, skutočne do hĺbky.

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