Journey of the Pink Dolphins: An Amazon Quest by Sy Montgomery
This month, author Sy Montgomery will read daily installments of her book, Journey of the Pink Dolphins: An Amazon Quest. The New York Times Book Review called Montgomery Equal parts poet and scientists, and declared the book a captivating account. Author Elizabeth Marshall Thomas wrote:
Surely one of the most brilliant books of our time Montgomery weaves zoology with myth, natural history with poetry, anthropology with the supernatural, and the result is perfection, a picture not only of animal life but also of human life in the Amazon Basin.
Manaus: The Curtain Rises
Sy Montgomery reads about an opera house, hidden in the Amazon jungle a symbol of Europes efforts to turn the brown waters of the Rio Negro blue as the Danube, and change its white latex to gold.
Death in the Rainforest
Sy Montgomery reads about the small dramas of the jungle, from the bird-hunting tarantulas to the evasive pink dolphins, in a place where beauty and cruelty twine tight, and the waters of the Amazon swallow an unexpected tragedy.
Vine of the Soul
Sy Montgomery reads about her pursuit of the dolphin city, or the Encante. She eventually finds that the only route there is through something called Ayahuasca, or Vine of the Soul.
A Fortress of Orchards
Today, Sy Montgomery reads about her exploration of the pristine forest of the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo reserve, untouched by logging or drilling. This area is protected not by conventional conservation means, but by the support of the peoples old ways of guarding it.
Today, Sy Montgomery reads about creatures of both the mythic and real worlds, from chimeras and shape-shifters to armored catfish and eel-like sharks, and the uncanny ability of pink dolphins to straddle both worlds.
If you would like to listen from the beginning of the reading up to the current chapter click here.
The author swims to join a dolphin in the Tapajós River.
Photo: Dianne Taylor-Snow
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