Magdalena: River of Dreams

Magdalena: River of Dreams Review

A captivating new book from Wade Davis--renowned, award-winning, bestselling author and photographer, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence for more than a decade-- that brings vividly to life the story of the great Río Magdalena, illuminating Colombia's complex past, present, and future in the process

The Magdalena River is the lifeline that runs the length of the nation. For centuries, it allowed Colombians to settle their mountainous, geographically unique region--one of the most challenging on the planet. Colombia's complicated history reflects the beautiful, wild and impossible geography of its largest river: in places, it is placid and calm; in other moments, tortured and unpredictable. A cultural wellspring of music, poetry and literature, in dark times the Magdalena also served as the nation's graveyard. As the country enters a momentous period of revitalization, Wade Davis explores the three major sections of the river, alto, medio, and bajo, evoking each singular landscape and the people he meets there in poetic, nuanced writing, accompanied by his own striking photography.

At once an absorbing adventure and an inspiring story of hope and redemption, Magdalena gives us a rare, kaleidoscopic picture of the past and present of a nation often reduced to unfair clichés of drug cartels and violence. Through many years of uncertainty, however, the Magdalena never abandoned its people, always returning as a life-giving force, the source of much of Colombia's wealth--and its dreams.

Seamlessly weaving together memoir, history, and a remarkable tale of a nation rising to bring about transformational change, Wade Davis tells the story of this magnificent river with passion and love, and in doing so, tells the epic story of Colombia.

Title:Magdalena: River of Dreams
Edition Language:English

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    Magdalena: River of Dreams Reviews

  • Esther

    If the option had been there, I would have given this book more than 5 stars. I am not a naturalist and Colombia has never been on my bucket list of travel destinations. Nonetheless, I found this a ri...

  • Jennie Chantal

    I really enjoyed listening to Wade Davis read the audiobook of Magdalena. His excitement, passion, and love for Colombia, the people, and the natural world are so evident in his voice. I'd been readin...

  • Jayme

    This is an epic and sprawling history of Colombia covering everything from culture to conservation to politics, told through the lens of the Rio Magdalena. I was so impressed with the effort and skill...

  • Scott Munden

    Reading Magdalena felt like being cornered by a guy who is insistent on showing you his latest holiday snaps. Davis' passion for the Magdalena did not translate to this reader. Well, at least, not in ...

  • Juan Farfán

    I will only say this, when I finished it I had tears in my eyes, so proud of being a Colombian ...

  • John Benson

    We lived in Medellin, Colombia in the late 1980s, some of Colombia's darkest times. This book however brought back so many memories of places we had visited and to times I had visited the Magdalena Ri...

  • May

    This was a great book for me to read because I am interested in botany, latin american culture, and writers that take bunny trails! I also appreciated that the author did not gloss over ugly scenes fr...

  • Nicolás

    If I were to recommend a recent book chronicling Colombia's past, present and future challenges, I'd definitely recommend this one. It is a wonderful and well-written book... I'd love to see a transla...

  • Antonio Nunez

    I confess I began to read Magdalena: River of Dreams expecting to come across much information concerning hydrology, zoology and botanics. Although I care about these subjects, not being very conversa...

  • Peggy K.

    Magnificent! Read my full review posted at BookBrowse: