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Ich folgte den rosa Delfinen. Auf den Spuren eines Mythos im Amazonasgebiet.

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  188 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Pink dolphins--and yes, in the Amazon River the flamingo-colored mammals do exist--are believed by Brazilians and Peruvians to take human form, impregnate women, lure lovers to an underwater paradise, and in various ways drive those who encounter them mad. They seem to have worked their magic on science writer Sy Montgomery, who journeys through rain forests and sunken cit ...more
Paperback, 315 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Ullstein Tb (first published January 1st 2000)
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I was really looking forward to this book as I'd lived up the Amazon myself at one time but it was a dud. Just plain precious, somewhat overwritten and ultimately irritatingly bad.

I knew no more about pink dolphins at the end of the book than I did after the first few chapters. The author did say that no-one knows anything much about the pink dolphins, including researchers who had studied them for years, so why write the book if you don't know anything much about them either?

Don't tell me that
Katrina Dreamer
I've had this since 1998 and I finally read it while recovering from surgery. I completely fell in love with it and I can't believe I waited more than 10 years to read it!

Montgomery's descriptions are fantastic, her love for the animals is apparent, and her tenderness and insight are wedded magically. Like Robert Payne's Among Whales, this book made me want to drop everything and go observe some animal, any animal, in its native habitat. I want to read everything she's ever written now.
I didn't even know there were freshwater dolphins, let alone Pepto-Bismol-pink ones, before I read this book. I read it again after traveling along the Peruvian Amazon and seeing the dolphins,and enjoyed it even more the 2nd time. Fascinating information about the dolphins as animals and about the foklore that the river people weave around them. Also a fun adventure travel story.
James F
The story of the author's four trips to the Amazon basin to find and observe the pink dolphin (boto). I say "find and observe" rather than "study" because the author is not a scientist who studies marine animals but a popular writer on nature (known for her similar books on tigers and golden bears). The book is a very personal memoir of her trip and her reactions to the dolphins. I enjoyed reading it and there are many informative digressions about the overall biology of the Amazon and the conse ...more
Montgomery goes in search of the pink dolphins of the Amazon which have thoroughly captured her heart and imagination (though not her soul just yet), and brings us along for the ride.

The more I read about the rainforest regions of South American, the more fascinated I become. Yes, the dolphins she's after are really pink! Not only are there all kinds of environmental and cultural issues surrounding them, there are also scores of legends and stories about their interaction with humans--sometimes
Need a book to help you remove your head from the sand? This is it. Follow Sy to and through the Amazon on her search for pink river dolphins, the botos, and learn their myths and stories. The book is so much more than the physical journey, although walls dissolve and you are suddenly in an aluminum boat floating through the flooded forests, a rain of biting ants falling on you, but you learn about the people, the tribes, the rubber barons and gold miners, the medicine men and the scientists...i ...more
Either I'd forgotten how purple Montgomery's prose could be or this one was purpl-ier than the rest. Either that I just wasn't in the right place for an evocative purple nature book, because I had trouble getting through this one. The fact that there actually aren't very many dolphins in the book--but there is a lot of looking for them--may also have been a contributing factor.
Catherine  Mustread
Jul 14, 2009 Catherine Mustread rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Catherine by: NE Booksellers
Fascinating travel/animal/nature look at the Amazon Rain Forest. Montgomery combines factual information with dolphin mythology. Author won the New England booksellers award for non-fiction. Lack of index and summary of facts would prevent this from being useful for a school report.
To be honest, I didn't even know pink dolphins existed before we read this book. It also gave a very nice overview of the creatures, plants and people of the Amazon and the problems they are facing. A says that she thinks pink dolphins are her new favorite water animal.
Virtually nothing about Boutu himself, but rather a travelogue and accounts of the local peoples' traditions and ways of life, with some information on local plants, insects, and ecology.
Tracy Elizabeth
I have always been fascinated by dolphins and The Amazon... this book fulfilled my expectations of both. Now I just wish I could afford to go there myself. I would start out in Manaus too.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I really like the way Mongomery writes-- as if you're right there with her. This book introduced me to pink dolphins, which I'd never heard of before.
Uneven in tone and too focused on the legends of the dolphin rather than its reality, I was still sucked in by those amazing pink river dolphins. ...more
Amazing reading from my Research and Documentary writing class. Montgomery shocked and pleased me with her sensual presence in the story.
Not something I would pick -up and read but was recommended by a friend. Interesting from many perspectives.
Slow, but intriguing research and stories of living in the Amazon.
Sadly, a poorly written book about amazing creatures.
This book reads like you are actually touring the Amazon.
It was very beneficial to my Brazil/Amazon trip...
Cindy Pardew
Photographs by: Dianne Taylor-Snow
Jul 22, 2010 Andrea rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andrea by: Gift from my daughter (she knows her mom)
If you love learning new things and love nature a great book to add to your collection. Very well written and filled with more wonders of the world!

I really loved this book about pink river dolphins!
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