Snake Lake

Ranked #72 in Nepal

Political drama in exotic Nepal is intruded upon by personal psychodrama in this feckless memoir. Journalist Greenwald (Shopping for Buddhas) spent the spring of 1990 reporting from Kathmandu as opposition to Nepal's repressive monarchy boiled over into violence. The setting offered Greenwald political adrenaline, lush atmospherics, romance and spirituality as he began a torrid affair with an expat photojournalist and took instruction from a Buddhist sage. (Sample teaching: " âÇÿthe cause of samsara, of rebirth and suffering, is ego.' ") But the meltdown of his depressed brother Jordan drags... more

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