Join Sy Montgomery on her quest in the Amazon to find the enigmatic and little-studied pink dolphin. Local river people believe the pink dolphin to be magical, that they can claim your soul and take you to Encante, an enchanted world beneath the river. Montgomery took four trips into the heart of the Amazon, where shamans communed with the Mother ...
Join Sy Montgomery on her quest in the Amazon to find the enigmatic and little-studied pink dolphin. Local river people believe the pink dolphin to be magical, that they can claim your soul and take you to Encante, an enchanted world beneath the river. Montgomery took four trips into the heart of the Amazon, where shamans communed with the Mother of the Vine and the pink dolphins performed their river water ballet.
Brilliant, gorgeous and sexy, Lucy and Ethel venture through the Amazon in search of the Pink Dolphins is the sense readers will get with this book. Sy Montgomery is brilliant! The way she has interwoven science with comedy is nothing short of genius! Where others leave you bored, Montgomery draws the reader in as if they too are a guide on her fantastic journey with her intrepid side kick and photographer, Dianne Taylor Snow. Montgomery and Snow play off of each other like Lucy and Ethel, yet leave the reader with a broader knowledge of the Amazon and its inhabitants-- both animal and human. The science, humor and lore will keep the reader enthralled throughout and guaranteed to hunger for more of this genius author! They will certainly not be disappointed!
Publishers Weekly, 2000-02-21 In a deeply felt, magical voyage to the tropics, Boston Globe nature columnist Montgomery (Spell of the Tiger) pursues the pink dolphin, a rare freshwater species, in the Brazilian and Peruvian Amazon. This elusive creature, with bulbous gray forehead, tiny eyes, chameleonlike color changes and pink back or fins, has inspired much local lore. Brazilian natives believe "boto" is a shape-shifter that makes love to humans, embodies spirits and carries people to the Encante, an enchanted underwater city. Combining a journalist's cool objectivity with a dolphin lover's almost mystical ecological consciousness, Montgomery luxuriates in the myths and legends as she swims with pink dolphins or tracks down radio-tagged boto in twisty, dangerous waterways, but she also ably reports the scientific facts. Boto mothers and offspring maintain a close bond, and though hard to spot in the wild, pink dolphins can be boldly playful and interactive with people. The Amazon, notes Montgomery, is polluted with cans, bottles, plastic bags and toxic wastes, yet the region is still an incredible incubator of biodiversity, and she describes her encounters with a veritable Noah's ark of exotic animals. She also mingles with field biologists, expatriates, conservationists, community leaders and a shaman (with whom she ceremonially imbibes ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic potion). Montgomery writes passionately about the destruction of rain forests, the ongoing extinction of Brazil's tribes and her visit to Mamiraura?Brazil's largest conservation experiment?where local residents act as guardians over a vast realm of manatees, dolphins, fish, turtles and timber. Her rhapsodic book winsomely blends travel, reportage, adventure and natural history. Illus. not seen by PW. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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