Synopses & Reviews
When Sy Montgomery ventured into the Amazon to unlock the mysteries of the littleknown pink dolphins, she found ancient whales that plied the Amazon River at dawn and dusk, swam through treetops in flooded forests, and performed underwater ballets with their flexible bodies. But she soon found out that to know the botos, as the dolphins are locally called, you must also know the people who live among them. And so in Journey of the Pink Dolphins
, Montgomery--part naturalist, part poet, part Indiana Jones--winds her way through watery tributaries and riverside villages, searching for botos and hearing the tales of locals who believe these ethereal dolphins are shape-shifters--creatures that emerge from the water as splendidly dressed men or women only to enchant their human onlookers, capture their souls, and then carry them away to the Encante, an underwater world. Montgomery takes readers on four separate journeys, exploring the river-dwelling dolphins' natural history, chronicling their conservation pressures, unraveling their prehistoric roots, and visiting with shamans who delve into the Encante.
"One of the most brilliant books of our time."--Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Author of The Tribe of Tiger
"A rich odyssey both real and mythical."--Christian Science Monitor
"I started to read this book at six in the morning and did not move out of my chair for the rest of the day. I did not lose a day; I gained a whole world."--Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Author of When Elephants Weep
"Montgomery's smart, bighearted book reminds us that there are still places whose sheer existence is cause for wonder."--New York Times Book Review
"The voyage is the ultimate in extreme . . . Deadly possibilities and impossible-to-imagine rewards lurk around the river's bend . . . [Montgomery] writes with flair and with an ease that makes you feel like she's sitting next to you, telling you her stories."--USA Today
About the Author
"Part Indiana Jones, part Emily Dickinson," as the Boston Globe describes her, Sy Montgomery is an author, naturalist, documentary scriptwriter, and radio commentator who has traveled to some of the world's most remote wildernesses for her work. She has worked in a pit crawling with 18,000 snakes in Manitoba, been hunted by a tiger in India, swum with pink dolphins in the Amazon, and been undressed by an orangutan in Borneo. She is the author of 13 award-winning books, including her national best-selling memoir, The Good Good Pig. Montgomery lives in Hancock, New Hampshire.