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5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate, beautiful, sad, 13 Jun 2004
ILONACAT (WIRRAL, ENGLAND) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Tigers in the Snow (Paperback)
I am always on the lookout for books about tigers and other big cats.For me, they are the embodiment of beauty and power and magnificence, and to find a book that does justice to this is a great pleasure. TIGERS IN THE SNOW is such a book. Peter Matthiessen brings passion to every book he writes-nothing is churned out, the subject is thoroughly researched AND experienced.In this book, we read of his encounters with the tiger in the Russian Far East, where tigers are honoured by the indigenous Udege people and hunted for their pelts and body parts by almost everybody else.Times are hard since the fall of the Soviet Union, and a freshly-killed tiger pays well.This could be a despairing book were it not for the committed tiger conservationists Matthiessen encounters in his travels, people who for very little financial reward campaign tirelessly for the well-being of this magnificent animal.
If you don't feel like reading all of the text-it IS dense in places-feast your eyes on the photographs.They are wonderful. Enjoy.
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