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Peter Matthiessen (1) (1927–2014)

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Peter Matthiessen was born in Manhattan, New York on May 22, 1927. He served in the Navy at Pearl Harbor. He graduated with a degree in English from Yale University in 1950. It was around this time that he was recruited by the CIA and traveled to Paris, where he became acquainted with several young visa mer expatriate American writers. In the postwar years the CIA covertly financed magazines and cultural programs to counter the spread of Communism. While in Paris, he helped found The Paris Review in 1953. After returning to the United States, he worked as a commercial fisherman and the captain of a charter fishing boat. His first novel, Race Rock, was published in 1954. His other fiction works include Partisans, Raditzer, Far Tortuga, and In Paradise. His novel, Shadow Country, won a National Book Award. His novel, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, was made into a movie. He started writing nonfiction after divorcing his first wife. An assignment for Sports Illustrated to report on American endangered species led to the book Wildlife in America, which was published in 1959. His travels took him to Asia, Australia, South America, Africa, New Guinea, the Florida swamps, and beneath the ocean. These travels led to articles in The New Yorker as well as numerous nonfiction books including The Cloud Forest: A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness, Under the Mountain Wall: A Chronicle of Two Seasons of Stone Age New Guinea, Blue Meridian: The Search for the Great White Shark, The Tree Where Man Was Born, and Men's Lives. The Snow Leopard won the 1979 National Book Award for nonfiction. He died from leukemia on April 5, 2014 at the age of 86. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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Verk av Peter Matthiessen

Snöleoparden (1978) 2,713 exemplar
Shadow Country (2008) 1,254 exemplar
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse (1983) 1,132 exemplar
Lek på Guds gröna ängar (1965) 923 exemplar
Killing Mister Watson (1990) 759 exemplar
Far Tortuga (1975) 544 exemplar
In Paradise (2014) 446 exemplar
The Tree Where Man Was Born (1972) 419 exemplar
Lost Man's River (1997) 294 exemplar
Wildlife in America (1959) 253 exemplar
African Silences (1991) 252 exemplar
Indian Country (1984) 238 exemplar
Bone by Bone (1999) 228 exemplar
Tigers in the Snow (2000) 170 exemplar
Sand Rivers (1981) 163 exemplar
Men's Lives (1986) 151 exemplar
East of Lo Monthang (1995) 70 exemplar
Raditzer (1961) 55 exemplar
The Peter Matthiessen Reader (2000) 46 exemplar
Race Rock (1954) 46 exemplar
Baikal: Sacred Sea of Siberia (1992) 44 exemplar
Partisans (1987) 39 exemplar
The Shorebirds of North America (1967) — Författare — 38 exemplar
Shadows of Africa (1992) 26 exemplar
Zen and the Writing Life (1999) 12 exemplar
Seal pool (1972) 7 exemplar
No Boundaries (1993) 7 exemplar
The Passionate Seekers (1955) 2 exemplar
The Great Auk Escape (1974) 1 exemplar
De zonen van Nopoe 1 exemplar

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Tyst vår (1962) — Inledning, vissa utgåvor6,566 exemplar
North American Indians (1995) — Inledning, vissa utgåvor457 exemplar
The Portable Sixties Reader (2002) — Bidragsgivare — 329 exemplar
Bad Trips (1991) — Bidragsgivare — 233 exemplar
Epic: Stories of Survival from the World's Highest Peaks (1997) — Bidragsgivare — 176 exemplar
The Big New Yorker Book of Cats (2013) — Bidragsgivare — 134 exemplar
Heart of the Land: Essays on Last Great Places (1994) — Bidragsgivare — 106 exemplar
Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean (2017) — Inledning, vissa utgåvor104 exemplar
Totch: A Life in the Everglades (1993) — Förord — 63 exemplar
Antaeus No. 63, Autumn 1989 (1989) — Bidragsgivare — 15 exemplar
Where the Silence Rings: A Literary Companion to Mountains (2007) — Bidragsgivare — 11 exemplar
The Paris Review 32 1964 Summer-Fall (1964) — Redaktör — 4 exemplar
The Paris Review 95 1985 Spring (1985) — Redaktör — 2 exemplar
Antaeus No. 29, Spring 1978 — Bidragsgivare — 2 exemplar
Peter Matthiessen no boundaries [video recording] (2009) — Featured — 1 exemplar


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Extravagantly geographical, symbolic, multilayered, masterful, definitely a classic. I found it tough going, but it's possible that if I'd read it in parts instead of all at once, it would have fared better. Still, I'm not fool enough to fail to recognize how good it is, nor ignore the true love of writing and craft that went into it (read about how Matthiessen got it re-written and be impressed.)
amandrake | 38 andra recensioner | Apr 17, 2024 |
I bought this book years ago, and although I've long since been aware that it's more travel/nature-writing than about wildlife, let alone the snow leopard in particular, I admit I was still hoping for more of a focus on wildlife. There's no denying that Matthiessen is an incredibly talented nature writer, and for what it is, I enjoyed reading about his travels and hiking, but I can't help feeling that the book is closer kin to books on spirituality and eastern philosophy than it is to anything related to nature and/or wildlife. I'm not sure if this is in the territory of the rest of Matthiessen's writing, but it's undeniable that I feel a touch misled and likely won't read his other works.

I'd recommend this for readers interested in personal spiritual journeys undertaken in nature and fans of nature-based travel writing, but that's about all I can say, I fear. It was fine, but it really wasn't for me.
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whitewavedarling | 52 andra recensioner | Mar 11, 2024 |
An absolute must for crane lovers and an enjoyable read for bird lovers in general. Matthiessen couples his own travels with some science and local color to make a world ranging group of birds seem immediate and the protection of said birds a vital mission of anyone reading .
For non- crane lovers, it might be a bit repetitive…go to place x in hopes of seeing crane y…learn a bit about them…then go to place y and repeat, but …all in all…a joy
cspiwak | 1 annan recension | Mar 6, 2024 |
The story is told as a drawn-out series of accounts of the famous shoot-out at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in 1975, but also concerning many other related events and combined with extracts of court transcripts and of the author’s interviews. Ultimately it’s never clear why FBI agents were at the shoot-out site initially, who shot whom when, and exactly what Leonard Peltier had to do with it. Most or all prosecutorial, FBI, and presented “witness” accounts seem unreliable, and there is now knowledge of either fabricated ballistic evidence or information that was withheld about ballistic evidence. The author was clearly personally involved in this, his sympathies are immediately and everywhere clear. He brings the story to us in a protracted repetitive fashion, but the main disappointment for the reader is that almost everything is left in the air, and although it seems clear that Peltier was picked by the FBI to take the fall and then received a sham trial, it is also clear that two FBI agents were murdered (it's not self-defense when you shoot a wounded man in the head), and that Peltier is a serial felon from adolescence. An account related to the author from an unnamed and disguised Indian "X" confessing to the murders given near the end of the book didn't seem to be a more reliable account than any other.
I have had some interest in lying in the past, and I noticed that many of the stories told on both sides are of a type commonly used when lying (see the current liar-in-chief or, especially, Mr. Putin). If I ask you if you did something, a common truthful response might be "no", but a common untruthful response is, "Why would a person like me do something like that?".
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markm2315 | 5 andra recensioner | Jul 1, 2023 |



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