Snake Lake

Product Number: EB00647367
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781582438634
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
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Description

Moving between Nepal and America, this blend of memoir and journalism reminds us that "family and home can be every bit as mysterious as a foreign land" (Booklist). In a circular valley beneath the looming peaks of the Himalaya lies Kathmandu, Nepal. It's a city of shimmering prayer flags, sacred cows, lavish festivals, and violent political turbulence—and a world that journalist Jeff Greenwald has come to call home. Snake Lake unfolds during 1990's dramatic "people power" uprising against Nepal's long-entrenched monarchy. The story follows Greenwald as he wins the friendship of a high lama who reveals the pillars of Tibetan Buddhism; embarks on a passionate romance with a spunky but curiously unlucky news photographer; and discovers what democracy means to rural Nepali citizens—all while covering the revolution for a major American newspaper. Meanwhile, back in the United States, Greenwald's brilliant but troubled younger brother descends into a deepening depression. The author is forced to choose between witnessing Nepal's long-overdue revolution and reconnecting with an alienated sibling in desperate need of help. Focused on the life-changing events that unfolded during one calamitous spring, Snake Lake weaves a vivid tapestry of Buddhism, revolution, and the often serpentine paths to personal liberation. "Twin narratives—the author's introduction to Buddhism and his brother's suicide—form a compelling caduceus of deepening mystery . . . a brave, honest, vivid, and thoughtful book." —Mary Roach "Funny, informative, sad . . . the best new travel narrative I've read in years." —Tim Cahill

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Author(s): Jeff Greenwald
Genre: Travel
Original Publish Date: Nov 01, 2010

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